For the Uninitiated: The Apex Fallacy


The apex fallacy: refers to judging groups primarily by the success or failure at those at the top rungs (the apex, such as the 1%) of society, rather than collective success of a group. It is when people marginalize data from the poor or middle class and focus on data from the upper class. It was coined by a forensic psychologist named Dr. Helen Smith and is often specifically applied to feminism’s interpretation of the wage gap and power distribution in relation to patriarchy.

For example in America 24 out of the 25 “worst” professions (hazardous or poorly paid) as determined by the Jobs Rated Almanac, have a workforce that is 85% or more male.



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