More than half of men between 16 and 24 years old think that gender equality policies have gone too far and that they are now the ones discriminated against, according to the Center for Sociological Research (CIS) in January. If you think that the data comes out of nowhere, go to YouTube and type Roma Gallardo or Wall Street Wolverine and you will see what many of these young people consume.
The person who has best followed this phenomenon is Alice Evans, a Stanford professor. Her hypothesis is that the MeToo movement acted as a trigger in the spread of feminist ideas among younger women. The perception of each other about sexual harassment would have caused their alignment around other issues such as immigration and racial justice. It would help that the men and women of Generation Zeta are the ones who most comfortably move on social networks, often in bubbles that they do not share.
The most extreme case of this phenomenon is South Korea. In that country, the abyss between what they think has become enormous, the largest of all the countries studied. In South Korea, the number of marriages has plummeted. And the number of births was 0.78 per woman in 2022. Economic factors aside, it would not be unreasonable to think that the phenomenon may have contributed to this. The strange thing is to imagine why Koreans should procreate if they can’t agree on what world they want.