The Male Pay Gap

Demagogues and the bien pensants of all stripes mindlessly repeat the myth of  the “gender pay gap,” the slogan that women are only paid seventy-odd cents on the dollar as compared with men. The truth, as usual, is very different and has nothing to do with male oppression.

…according to a new analysis of 2,000 communities by a market research company, in 147 out of 150 of the biggest cities in the U.S., the median full-time salaries of young women are 8% higher than those of the guys in their peer group. In two cities, Atlanta and Memphis, those women are making about 20% more. This squares with earlier research from Queens College, New York, that had suggested that this was happening in major metropolises. But the new study suggests that the gap is bigger than previously thought, with young women in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego making 17%, 12% and 15% more than their male peers, respectively. And it also holds true even in reasonably small areas like the Raleigh-Durham region and Charlotte in North Carolina (both 14% more), and Jacksonville, Fla. (6%).

The above quotation is from a post by Tyler Cowen, one of the outstanding economics gurus of our time.  For a broader perspective on the feminist claim, see the last two paragraphs here. Economists have long attempted to debunk this myth, as here and here. A very interesting bonus is  here. The longstanding war on boys and the outcry against ‘toxic masculinity’ have borne bitter fruit. The explanation for the success of young women is the well known and little heralded lack of success in school and higher education of boys relative to girls. This disparity or ‘gap’ has been going on for decades. Christina Hoff Summers has been writing about it for decades. Her YouTube channel is well worth perusal.

The proper reaction to this disparity or ‘gap’ is not to bemoan it. We are not Robin-Hood levelers signaling our virtue by taking from the advantaged to give to the rest, deserving or not. The young women who earn more than the men in their cohort clearly deserve their success. They are to be congratulated. But when men are hurting, so are their families and the culture and country as a whole. Pace George W. Bush, when people are hurting, government should beware of jumping in to the rescue. This usually backfires. Government normally can only take from one to give to another. The women pay gap myth has been a ceaseless government-promoted  drumbeat for decades. The best way to raise all boats is to dissipate radical shibboleths by the light of day, a difficult task when minds are willfully clouded in darkness.   

Troglo  (L. H. Kevil)

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High-school boy has “right” to shower with girls

Updated 4th November here.

The madness of creating ‘rights’ to satisfy the whims and claims of privilege of every self-proclaimed aggrieved minority group or psychologically disordered individual has led, per the New York Times, to an attack on sex-specific showers in our high schools.

Thus a high-school boy claiming transgender status has been accorded the pronoun ‘she’ and the right to play on the girls athletic teams. The suburban Chicago school district, mindful of Federal might, has given him a separate section in the locker room in which to shower. The Feds, however, find this discriminatory because he does not have the choice to shower naked with the girls. Clearly government bureaucracy crushes any sense of humor as this position – the dream of every high-school boy – does not pass any normal kind of test, smell or otherwise. In the Alice-in-Wonderland upside-down world of government, where the common-sense meaning of words is changed at will and we are expected to follow, most of us have no rights, except the right to surrender to the latest outrageous demand of radicals encouraged by their recent legal victories over traditional values and our American sense of decency. The diseased tail will continue to wag the still healthy dog until our governments at all levels are thoroughly disinfected and reformed.   Troglo

Troglo

Reflections on Sandy Hook, King Herod, and boys

We have all heard the instant analyses and the strident calls for action, including:

  • Gun control
  • Better school protection
  • Reform of our mental-health system
  • Prohibition of violent video games
  • The media could deter copycats by downplaying these crimes

We note that gun control already exists. Are we to move toward prohibition? Has prohibition ever worked well? Thinking back to 9/11 we wonder why the pilots were not armed. The terrorists used box cutters. Box cutter control? The Sandy Hook school had securely locked doors. The murderer broke in through a window. Psychiatrists know that these crimes are committed by raging, disturbed, usually white young men. Will we be able to profile them so they cannot commit mass murder? What if the problem is a sick society, one producing too much sickness to be handled by the usual technical, legal, managerial, and therapeutic measures? Aren’t we just addressing symptoms? Is the alacrity with which we clutch at marginal, quick-fix responses a measure of our reluctance to confront everything but the evil within the human heart?

We are in Advent, a season summoning us to reflection and repentance. Why have so few of the instant analyses pointed out the parallel with the Massacre of the Innocents, King Herod’s slaughter of little boys in order to murder the Christ child? (Matthew 2:16) How unsurprising: Evil is not new. If we are quiet late at night, by the glints of light from the Christmas tree ornaments, we might hear a tiny voice tell us that in a sick culture, such as one supporting abortion on demand, we must expect death-worshipping evil. Did the murderer ever think that had his parents known how he would turn out, they would have aborted him? Was he ever told that “it” is not his fault: it is his parents’ fault, or society’s? Was every bullet intended to do to helpless children what he imagined had been done to him as a boy?

Evil will always find its way into schools, if not by doors, then by windows, or government regulations, legal rulings, even textbooks or the Obama administration’s Common Core curriculum. But our schools can and should be places where children learn right and wrong and are helped to grow up to become good wives, husbands, and parents. Our unisex, morally unmoored, and diversity drenched schools marginalize boys. Dodgeball, squirt guns, and who knows what else have been condemned. Boys’ role models have been trashed – George Washington is no longer the father of our country, but the very image of patriarchal repression. Boys need to express their boyishness freely, to channel not bottle up their natural aggressiveness constructively and without political correctness. They need ways to engage their fantasy and fuel their ambitions. They need to learn that true masculinity is not the coarse behavior, mayhem, and lawlessness of popular culture, but upright self-sacrifice, decency, compassionate strength, leadership, and courage.

Is the lesson of Sandy Hook that we should teach them these lessons?

Note: A brief article by D. J. Jaffe gives useful suggestions for reform of the mental health system, including treating true mental illness, not mental ‘health.’

Troglo                                                                                                                 Troglo