by Greg Krehbiel on 8 March 2017
The pay gap thing is nonsense, as anyone who has spent any time looking into it knows. It’s been debunked so many times it’s interesting to ponder why people still repeat it.
The 77 cent thing is based on taking what all men make and comparing that to what all women make. It doesn’t take into account any of the things that affect salary, like the types of jobs men and women choose to work, the hours they spend on the job, the years they spend on the job (e.g., taking time off to raise children), etc.
As a general rule, women tend to choose jobs they find personally fulfilling while men tend to choose jobs that pay better. So women tend to work in jobs that don’t pay as well.
The women who will be taking time off to protest obviously work in jobs where … honestly … we won’t really miss them for a day.
There are some exceptions. Alexandria City public schools are closed today because so many people asked off. That will inconvenience a lot of people — including mothers who now have to deal with the unexpected kid at home.
But for most of them … yeah, so you took a day off. Big deal.
If nurses took a day off, that would be a problem. If mothers took a day off, that would be horrible.
As a contrast, imagine what it would be like if we had a day without a man? Would the lights come on when you throw the switch? Would the oil rigs stop production for a day? Would the firetrucks or the police arrive when you called?
Women are a valuable part of the workforce, especially as we have more and more white collar jobs and fewer stay-at-home moms. But … let’s be honest … men keep the world running. Men maintain the infrastructure.
I ran across this quote a few years ago. I’m not sure who the original author is or I’d give him credit. It’s cited here. It’s a little over the top for my tastes, but it makes a good point, which seems relevant today.
A woman wakes up in the morning, in a house built by men. She starts the water to boil on a stove built by men, and sits at a chair and table, put there by men, to read a newspaper written, in part, by women … but printed and delivered by men … She nibbles some toast, made from grains, grown and harvested by men … .whoops … Time to take a shower. She turns a faucet handle installed by a man, and lo and behold … out comes HOT water, delivered by a vastly complicated water system, built by men. She drives to work in a car built by men, on roads built by men, powered by petroleum, drilled and refined and delivered by men. She arrives at an office building built by men. Walks to her desk, fires up her computer, and glances out her window at a city … built by men … full of potential customers for her service business … Out of the corner of her eye, a table in the conference room, that seems awkwardly out of place, snags her attention. She strokes her ear lobe. At that moment, the janitor scoots by in the hallway.
“Bob! Oh Bob. Could you PLEASE move that table, further into the corner. You’re such a dear.” She pins him, with a delectable, and utterly phony smile. Bob, oblivious to the cheapness of the words, and falseness of the smile … thrilled to get any attention at all, from such an attractive person … pitches right in. And as he lugs one corner of the heavy table, across the carpet, she exhales a comfortable sigh. Her day, has begun.
She will spend the next 8 to 10 hours telling OTHER people, what to do. That’s HER understanding of work. This creature, who has NO idea WHERE things come from, HOW they are made, and has not the slightest knowledge, about HOW the world works, has been put in CHARGE of it … because there is really nothing else, of any specific value, she COULD be doing.
If she lived in a world built by women, she would be sitting in a tent, watching her breath in front of her face, stitching animal hides. But … she lives in a world BUILT, almost ENTIRELY, by men … and, AMAZINGLY, she has NOT the SLIGHTEST appreciation, or GRATITUDE for that fact. She never even stops to THINK about it. Never stops to think, that if all the things men make and do, were MAGICALLY removed, right now she would plodding through a MUDDY SWAMP, looking for red-wing blackbird eggs.
She thinks the world is made out of proper grammar, and attractive clothing, and polite conversation, and correct opinions … instead of rivets and concrete and copper and petroleum. From the day she picked up her first teaspoon, she has been learning how to manipulate the things men provide, as if they were put in front of her by God or Mother Nature. She has NO IDEA what men actually do. Yet, according to her, and the media she consumes, men are assholes.
2017-03-08 » Greg Krehbiel