There’s No ‘Gender Pay Gap’, But Here Are 11 Reasons Why There Should Be

Breitbart gender wage gap pic

 

by MILO YIANNOPOULOS | Breitbart.com 1 Jun 2015 

The “gender pay gap” is one of the most persistent myths put about by feminists and social justice warriors. It has been comprehensively debunked: in the UK and US, women in their 30s are actually paid more than men for the same work.

But it’s still repeated endlessly by journalists, activists and even presidents. Even though it’s not true, should it be? Is there an argument that we ought to pay women less?

Some people think there is a case for purposefully remunerating women less generously. They say it’s like any financial incentive: designed to nudge people into happier and more productive lifestyles. With the rise of the comically absurd #GiveWomenYourMoney hashtag on Twitter, I thought the idea deserved closer inspection.

Supporters of what I am sure will come to be called #PayWomenLess correctly point to social incentives built into the tax systems of most western countries designed to encourage, or discourage, certain life choices – such as tax breaks for married couples. They say: “If it’s being done already anyway, why can’t we make the case for our vision of the good life?”

A variety of statistics and scientific observations, some of them quite compelling, are used to make the case that incentivising women to stay home by introducing a gender pay gap is better for everyone in the long run. Here are a few arguments I’ve come across for reversing pay equality.

1. Women like it

Why do women get a kick out of bagging a man who earns a lot more than they do? Because it frees them up to focus on the home, on children and on other hobbies. Women usually strive for a more balanced life than men, which is why they work fewer hours, take longer holidays and earn less for their companies, so being given the freedom to raise a family is a chance most women would jump at.

2. Men pay more throughout relationships

From that first date to who pays the most off the mortgage to the shared American Express, men pay more throughout their relationships. Shouldn’t pay packets recognise the fact?

3. Actually, men pay more for everything 

The so-called “Pole Tax” is something all men have to live with. Men pay more, not only for insurance. In the US, men pay nearly 60 per cent more into Medicare and other state medical benefits programmes despite women using services more.

Women’s insurance premiums used to be higher to reflect their higher usage of resources, but that was outlawed by Obamacare, so whether using public or private healthcare, men now subsidise women significantly when it comes to health.

Men pay far more into retirement and pension plans but die earlier than women, so they subsidise the fairer sex there, too. (On average American women live 4.8 years longer than men.)

When you factor in higher educational costs and all the other financial penalties for having a penis, it can be over 10 per cent more expensive to be a man.

4. Men need to save for ‘divorce rape’ 

It’s a silly name, but a real problem: when marriage breaks down, it’s men who get taken to the cleaners. Their wealth, reputations and access to their children are all on the line. Women can walk away with a fortune, having in many cases done very little to contribute to savings or equity in the family home. Child support payments can be crippling.

5. It’s insurance against unfair criminal sentences

Here’s a male privilege men could learn to do without: controlling for all relevant variables, men receive 63 per cent longer sentences for the same crimes as women. Women are twice as likely to avoid incarceration when convicted. If we are sending men to prison more frequently and for longer periods of time, its only right they have an economic edge to pay for lawyers… and other prison necessities, like soap on a rope.

97.1 per cent of death penalty executions take male lives even though women commit 10 per cent of murders. Actually they might be responsible for more, but women often use methods like poison that can be difficult or impossible to trace after the fact and leave less evidence at the scene.

6. Women refuse to do the nasty jobs

Out of college, on of the the top-paying fields is petroleum engineer. But women stubbornly refuse to apply for highly paid but grubby jobs. Why all this focus on the software industry and “women in tech”? Don’t we need more female coal miners, lumberjacks, truck drivers (not you, Rosie O’Donnell!), slaughterhouse operatives and steeplejacks? 

I learned programmable logic controller development in a slaughtering and packing facilities too,” says one critic. “Women want IT jobs, start there!”

7. Men stick with their jobs and earn more for their companies 

Men are more likely to stick with their careers and be a long-term benefit to their companies. Men on average make more money for the companies they work for, they take shorter holidays and they work much longer hours.

8. Men are constantly discovering new and imaginative ways to die at work  

Mentally disabled and physically challenged men can be put on the front line, but women aren’t, so even though the Armed Forces is 15 per cent female, 97 per cent of combat deaths and casualties since the Gulf War have been male. And men make up pretty much all the workplace deaths back home, too: at least 92 per cent of workplace deaths are male.

9. … and at home 

79 per cent of suicides are men. No one knows why and no one seems particularly keen to find out, but male suicide is four times higher than female. It is a national scandal in many western countries. 83 men kill themselves every day in the United States; that’s 30,000 a year. Why not use the money saved on lower female wages to subsidise research into this silent killer?

10. Men need the help, frankly 

More women go to college. By a significant margin. Should men be subsidising all these state-funded gender studies courses? Most people would say no. 57.7 per cent of college places now go to women, but even that doesn’t tell the whole story, because for some reason men are now dropping out of school, at unprecedented rates. For 4-year college degrees, 1.35 women graduate for every male. Men make up only 44 per cent of college applicants.

Women are now routinely hired over men with the same qualifications, just for having boobs.

11. Paying women less would incentivise them to stay home, protecting the nuclear family and reducing single motherhood

Growing economies understand the importance of the nuclear family. There’s no clamour for gay marriage in China or India, where governments recognise that families are the cohesive glue that binds society together. Having a mum and dad at home is better for children: all the studies agree. The breakdown of the nuclear family, especially in ethnic minority communities, has been a disaster for community cohesion and has driven crime rates through the roof.

Now look, ladies. I’m not saying if you work like a man, take risks like a man, and negotiate like a man that you’re not due a man’s wage. What I’m saying is: it’s fairly clear by the numbers that most women don’t, and they make that choice willingly and consciously.

The #GiveYourMoneyToWomen crowd want a wage that is inconsistent with the level of actual labour that they contribute to the workforce (sorry girls, but tweeting isn’t “work”) and the value they generate in the economy.

There’s no reason men and women should be paid the same, when they don’t work the same. Food for thought.

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A Male Matters USA comment:

Re: No. 11: “Paying women less would incentivise them to stay home, protecting the nuclear family and reducing single motherhood

It would also, since the less women earn the more men must, in many cases require men to work harder and longer, thus contributing to other problems mentioned here.

 

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5 Responses to There’s No ‘Gender Pay Gap’, But Here Are 11 Reasons Why There Should Be

  1. Jenna D says:

    No, it’s not more expensive to be a man.

    http://time.com/4159973/women-pay-more-everything/

    Plus: menstrual products, gyno appts, bras, etc.

    Also men actually become RICHER after divorce; WOMEN become poorer.
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/jan/25/divorce-women-research

    And only a minority of men are affected by things like prison, difficult jobs etc.

    • Re: “Divorce makes men – and particularly fathers – significantly richer. When a father separates from the mother of his children, according to new research, his available income increases by around one third.”

      Jenna, that’s often because a woman seeks and marries a well-off man. Millions of men after divorce wind up desperate because of child support.

      Re: “Regardless of whether she has children, the average woman’s income falls by more than a fifth.”

      I couldn’t find an explanation for that. Is one to think her boss says, “Got divorced, eh? I’ll have to reduce your income by 20 percent.”

      If divorce favored men and disfavored women so much, why are over 65 percent of divorces initiated by women?

      The problem I have with the Guardian is that as a far-left site, it verges on being outright anti-male on gender issues and tends to skew or distort the issues to cast women as victims and men as privileged.

      When women campaign for wives to retain custody of their children after divorce, they campaign for a sexist practice that can come back to bite them.

      More in-depth:

      “The Doctrinaire Institute for Women’s Policy Research: A Comprehensive Look at Gender Equality” http://www.malemattersusa.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/the-doctrinaire-institute-for-womens-policy-research/

      • Jenna, let’s not forget this:

        In general, American women don’t just enjoy better health and live longer than men, who on average die sooner and at a higher rate of the 12 leading causes of death. (That longevity gap has more than doubled in the U.S. since 1900.) They as a group also control most of the consumer spending, which is about 70% of all economic activity in the US.

        Even more striking, women control most of the nation’s wealth. “Seventy-six percent of Americans believe that men control more wealth than women. But a new survey of Federal Reserve Board data reveals that women actually control 51.3% of personal wealth in the United States.” http://www.pbs.org/ttc/headlines_economics_philanthropy.html

        Soon women will control an even greater percentage of the wealth.

        “Over the next decade, women will control two thirds of consumer wealth in the United States and be the beneficiaries of the largest transference of wealth in our country’s history. Estimates range from $12 to $40 trillion. Many Boomer women will experience a double inheritance windfall, from both parents and husband.” -http://www.she-conomy.com/facts-on-women

        The typical wife is younger than her husband by 2.5 years and she outlives him by five. Thus she enjoys her and her husband’s wealth 7.5 years longer than the husband, who much more often than she created their wealth alone.

        To put these statements in the proper gender perspective, reverse the sexes in them (I must reverse the sexes because we don’t feel as much compassion for men as we do for women):

        In general, men don’t just live longer than women (that longevity gap has more than doubled since 1900) and enjoy better health than women, who on average die sooner and at a higher rate of the 12 leading causes of death. They as a group also control most of the consumer spending and most of the nation’s wealth. Soon they will control even more.

        Just by themselves, the statements would signify enough unfair male power, privilege, and advantage that feminists would explode out onto the streets in visceral, thunderous protest.

        Women are hardly the oppressed group that the Democrats want us to think women are — the group that is actually the longer-living, healthier, AND wealthier group.

  2. Jenna D says:

    Also women DO pay for dates… They have to pay a lot of money on makeup/outfits to look good because men are “””visual”””

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