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July 25, 2014

Achieving "Paycheck Fairness"

The Blog Princess saw this a few days ago and it made her day:

... given that gender pay discrimination has been illegal for more than half a century, if the Congressman is truly committed to “erase that disparity” as he sanctimoniously states in his letter, he may go about that in one or more of the following ways:

First, the Congressman could introduce a bill to restrict women’s ability to work fewer hours than her male counterparts to shrink the gender wage gap. The plain fact is that one of the largest contributors to the wage disparity between men and women is the simple fact that men, on average, work longer hours than women. In fact, of full time workers, 26% of males work more than 40 hours per week, compared to just 14% of women (How Pew Research measured the gender pay gap | Pew Research Center). However, this can be easily remedied by government forcing men and women to work the exact same hours per week, their own personal preferences be damned!

Second, the Congressman could introduce a bill to coerce women to go into male dominated fields that they themselves have not chosen to enter. Some of the most male dominated majors and career fields also happen to be the most lucrative, such as engineering, computer science, and business. The fact that most women choose not to enter these fields should not stop the Congressman from attempting to get the government involved to force women to go into them, if he is serious about closing the wage gap. As an aside, the Congressman may also, in the name of equality and wage parity, seek to force men to enter women dominated (and relatively low pay) fields such as psychology, education, and gender studies.

Third, the Congressman could introduce a bill mandating that men and women devote equal amounts of time to raising children and other household responsibilities. Why allow individual couples the power to decide how do divide up domestic responsibilities when it could be dictated to them by their enlightened rulers in Washington DC? The fact that most women actually enjoy and get substantial satisfaction from raising their own children should not dissuade the Congressman from attempting to stamp out this root cause behind the gender wage gap.

Upon even a cursory look at the evidence, it is abundantly clear the the gender wage gap is not chiefly (if at all) a result of discrimination or some eery unjust force that needs to be battled with legislation. Rather it is a result in the difference choices that men and women make.

Thus if the Congressman is genuinely committed to ending this wage gap he will have no other option than to use the coercive power of the federal government to make women (and, to a lesser extent, men) do that which they would not themselves choose to do.

We are reminded of a particularly moronic screed we read several months ago asserting that "...women should not be allowed within fifty feet of a school where boys are taught".

Who will free women from the tyranny of their own value judgments and decisions? Who will free men to abandon their well paid jobs and flock to the elementary schools where they can *finally* indulge their beautiful and natural desire to work with small children all day?

Verily we say unto you: these suboptimal lifestyle choices must be stopped in our lifetime before they kill us all. Utopia beckons, if only we have the courage to give it a helping hand.

Posted by Cassandra at July 25, 2014 07:01 AM

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Dammit Cass! Now we've already talked about how you need to quit with all the logic and reason! You're making these fools look bad, and we just can't HAVE that! :P

Posted by: MikeD at July 25, 2014 08:48 AM

The author overlooked the most obvious avenue for erasing gender disparity: Pass a law abolishing males in the workplace, at home, and in government.
See you guys in the garage.

Posted by: spd rdr at July 25, 2014 09:01 AM

The author overlooked the most obvious avenue for erasing gender disparity: Pass a law abolishing males in the workplace, at home, and in government.
See you guys in the garage.

I suspect then we'd be nattering on about Leisure Time Inequality or some such nonsense. And we'd end up with men starting a movement to liberate them from the twin domestic hell that is housewifery and parenting.

Some people are just never happy - especially so long as they can get money or attention by stirring up hate and discontent about The Unfairness of it All and how the opposite sex is out to get them.

Posted by: Cassandra at July 25, 2014 09:31 AM

We'll have to have quotas, I think. No fair filling 50% of those STEM jobs until women apply for them. In the meantime, just let the bridges fall down.

And don't feed half the babies until men agreed to stay home and hold the bottle.

You can't just let people choose the jobs that suit them. That way chaos lies.

Posted by: Texan99 at July 25, 2014 12:56 PM

You can't just let people choose the jobs that suit them.

Boy how I wish Rethugs would learn to frame the debate that way - that forcing equal outcomes means coercing people to do things they're not doing now for reasons that probably seem good to them, or preventing them from doing things they *are* doing now that aren't wrong or illegal or even objectionable in any way.

Posted by: Cassandra at July 25, 2014 03:36 PM

Hi Cass, and
Stop it!!!
Many lefties would like to do *precisely* what you mock in your bold text. They would limit overtime and part time work, then set gov't 'guidelines' for pay that forbid statistic differences between groups, performance be d*mned (after all, that is merely a subjective opinion).
Never underestimate Libs desires to be social engineers; the only engineering they respect.

Best Regards,

Posted by: CAPT Mike at July 26, 2014 12:49 PM