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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It’s about much more than Trump

Would it be too much of a simplistic exaggeration to say that the recent eruptions – anti-Trump, pro EU, marches for women’s rights – reflect the perennial struggle between the progressives holed up in their urban echo chambers and the traditionalists in fly-over country, between the globalist citizens of the world fighting to save the EU and its moribund emblem, the Euro, and the nationalists, always portrayed as disturbing Fascists, who love their country, its culture, traditions, and vibrant immediacy subject to gradual erosion by alien forces, between the Hegelian-Marxist millennium worshippers and those of us more than comfortable in our own skin, sex, marriage, career, locality, and religion?

Think of the rage if a long-cherished dream were at last just within grasp only to be snatched away by cruel, capricious fate. Just like a child stripped of the candy about to be enjoyed, so the Leftists of America were ever so rudely deprived of a Hillary completion of the Obama transformation of America. So the intelligentsia of Europe so enamored of their post-national, new non-country super state, the European Union, were shaken by the unexpected rebellion of their inferiors in the Brexit vote, soon to be followed by Italy or some other country whose people have decided that there is a deeply personal, life-enhancing and -deciding meaning to their country and its cultural identity worth fighting for.

The press against Trump, including the BBC, the portrayal of France’s Marine LePen, the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders, and others as Hitlerian Fascists, the marches worldwide today for women’s rights all proceed from a worldview of radical, undifferentiated equality that admits of no mediating institutions between man and government, least of all the family. Multiculturalism proclaims all cultures equal, our own inferior one excepted. Non-discrimination leads to an Orwellian acceptance of the Lie as the Truth. One of the Queens chaplains was asked to resign after complaining of Islamic prayers denying Jesus’s divinity in a Scottish cathedral. Might offend Muslims, you know. But the rubes in the provinces know that regional, cultural, and other differences make life worthwhile, not least because they are ours and because they keep the progressives and the horror of their millennium at bay.

Women’s rights? The emasculation of America is nearly complete. Universities teach courses on demasculinization. Title IX star chambers rule. Women in combat roles is now law, although women cannot succeed as grunts. They haven’t got the strength, the endurance, or the culture to be the relentless killers we need our soldiers to be. Nor do they want to be. Men are portrayed on TV as dunces. Millions of men in their prime, ages 25 to 54, are completely outside the workforce, the jobs that should be theirs taken by immigrants, illegal and legal. Feminists crow that women need men as fish need bicycles and yet bemoan that single women occupied with their children don’t earn as much as men. NBC News regrets that while over half the drivers are women, less than 2% of mechanics are female. Division of labor by sex roles is the new unforgivable sin. Weak men gather this into their psyche and submit (and occasionally explode.) Strong men and women know they have work to do.   Troglo

Troglo (L. H. Kevil)