Following up on my last post Exercise for Readers: Do married men live longer?, I would like to make a few remarks. But before I start, urge you to read the comments that were left under that post, if you haven’t yet done so. They are worth reading. I was particularly pleased by the wide variety of plausible approaches in the responses.
To recapitulate, the claim was that married men live longer. The only plausible interpretation of this statement is that those men live longer because they are married, and that it is better to die later. Otherwise, we would have a completely vacuous statement, not much more insightful than “married men have a wife”. What could be wrong with that claim? Note that it does not really matter if that claim is true. If it is false, we don’t need to bother, so we just assume that it might be true for the sake of the argument. But why might it be false?
Here is a big hint: how are health and marriage related? Could it be that healthier men are much more likely to marry than sickly men? Yes, of course this is likely! While I haven’t bothered to look up any studies, I would be very surprised if anyone found that good health and marriage are not positively correlated. It may of course be that a disastrous marriage ruins your health, but that is a whole ‘nother story. Yet, without good health you simply won’t get very far in life. You won’t do well at your job, you won’t look good, and
you will need to bring your A-game every fucking time!! women just won’t be jumping your cock. Sorry, bro!
Considering the correlation between health and marriage, the feminist claim that men live longer if they marry is dubious at best because men of poor health are simply a lot less likely to get married. We can play this game with a lot of other attributes. Does marriage cause men to make more money? Sorry, idiot feminists, it’s more likely that if you make a lot of money, you are much more likely to marry. It would be downright absurd to play this game with fixed attributes. If I wrote, “married men are taller” or “married men are better looking”, you would cringe if I rephrased this as “marriage causes men to be taller”. Yet, the same absurd conclusion is drawn when we talk about attributes that are seemingly not predetermined. In reality, though, your genes play an enormous influence on you health. Thus, if anyone wanted to claim that marriage was beneficial for your health, we would need to compare healthy men who did not marry (this is called a “control group”) with healthy men who did.
Let me tell you something, guys: take an introductory course on statistics. The high-school level material taught on Khan Academy is perfectly fine. If you don’t have much of a clue of that field, then let clue you in on something: the media is drowning you in bullshit, and basic statistical knowledge (and a bit of basic logic) will allow you to see though it.