Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well.
So, August 28th 2019 is Equal pay
day; that is, the day that marks the extra
period of time women
allegedly need to work to achieve the same
wages as men.
is based on the so-called gender pay gap;
the comparison of the
amount of money men and women make per year.
In Australia, for
example, women earn 86 cents for every man’s
dollar, leaving a pay
gap of 14%.
In the USA women earn 79 cents for every man’s
leaving a pay gap of 21%.
There is a pretty steady stream of commentary
from feminists about
how we still live in a terribly sexist society
women aren’t paid the same as men for equal
commentary is not telling the full story.
See, the gender pay gap is
not a comparison of what men and women are
paid for equal work.
It is a comparison of the average earnings,
not wages, of men and
women throughout the course of the year.
“Average” is the key word there.
It does not compare like for like
roles, and does not take into account factors
like the different
industries men and women predominantly work
That is, men tend
to work in higher paid industries like mining,
STEM, and business,
whereas women are drawn to lower paid industries
nursing, and social work.
It also does not consider the fact men on
average work more
overtime than women do, or the time women
take off to have kids
and the effect that has on their work experience
relative to men.
also does not consider that women, on average,
aren’t as efficient as
men when it comes to negotiating raises and
For example, the Australian Bureau of Statistics
data indicates that
the pay gap is widest in industries where
negotiations are prevalent.
Women do not have as much
testosterone as men, so on average, they are
unfortunately not as
aggressive or assertive when negotiating their
In other words, the gender pay gap isn’t
determined by gender; it’s
determined, largely, by choices.
Yet despite the fact the gender pay
gap has been debunked again and again and
again, this pesky
economic myth persists as a core factor of
Like this video from the cast of Good Trouble
Now, I can’t believe that in 2019, with
the truth of the issue easily
accessible, supposedly intelligent and educated
women are putting
forward commentary like that.
I mean, what kind of an argument is
Particularly when there has been legislation
in pace for decades that
make paying women and men differently for
equal work unlawful.
it were legal for women to be paid less than
men for the same work,
nobody would hire men ever, because they could
between 15 and 25% in labour costs.
So, I can only conclude that these women,
and other feminists who
say similar things, are either stupid, woefully
under researched, or,
and I hate to say it, lying.
In this video, I want to clear up all the
lies so-called advocates for
women tell about the gender pay gap.
Not because I’m pushing some
misogynistic right-wing conspiracy theory,
but because I care about
women, and I want them realise they have control
over their own
And if you still don’t believe me, even
Australia’s Workplace Gender
Equality Agency says quite clearly that the
gender pay gap B ROLL
OVERLAY is the difference between women’s
and men’s average
weekly full-time equivalent earnings, expressed
as a percentage of
It is a measure of women’s overall position
paid workforce and does not compare like roles.
So, why do feminists persist in pushing this
leaders rely on having things to complain
about in order to make a
living, so they neglect to mention the full
As for their little
adherents; they are generally insecure women
who have been roped
into this victim identity because they don’t
like the idea of
confronting their own shortcomings, and are
therefore happy to
blame everything on men or “the system”
The way they justify this to themselves is
by linking the idea of
equality with equity.
That is, feminists perceive “equality”
of outcome, not equality of opportunity.
This is because, ultimately,
feminists don’t want equality.
They want female supremacy.
Equality of outcome suits this agenda because
in order to make
everyone earn the same money without women
having to do any
extra work, women need to be afforded special
So, in an
ideal feminist world, while everyone might
look equal, women are
being given a leg up at the expense of men,
for no other reason than
Does that sound like equality to you?
Australian Labor politician Tanya Plibersek
provided a very good
example of this complex with this little speech
What Tanya Plibersek failed to mention was
that metal workers work
longer hours than early childcare workers
and in far more dangerous
conditions, for example, on oil rigs, building
bridges, handling hot
They also have more expensive out-of-pocket
requirements such as vehicles and expensive
tools, and have an
infinitely higher risk of getting injured,
dismembered, or, you know,
dying on the job.
Considering all of this, I’m sure you can
see why an early childcare
worker, male or female, would get paid less
than a metal worker.
However, apparently Tanya can’t, because
she is a feminist who
believes in equality of outcome, not equality
In her mind, even though a male metal worker
works longer, harder,
and with greater risk than a female early
childcare worker, he does
not deserve to be paid more than her, because
she is a woman, and
therefore should have her salary padded to
be ‘equal’ to that of a
Whether she earns it or not.
Side note; I have the utmost respect for anyone
who works in
I’m not trying to devalue the work they
relaying the technicalities of the job and
the implications they have
Just so we clear that up.
So, what happens when you control for these
factors affecting the
gender pay gap?
Well, according to a 2016 study by Glassdoor,
account for age, education, years of experience,
occupation, company specific and job title
specific controls, the pay
gap shrinks dramatically to single digit percentage
Further, if we look at a study by Payscale,
when mitigating factors
are controlled for, it has the gender pay
gap in the USA down to only
2%, meaning that women actually earn 98 cents
for every man’s
dollar, not 79 cents.
But what about those remaining single digit
According to a recent Australian study put
together by KPMG, 39% of
the gender pay gap in Australia is due to
That is, the
little bit that can’t be explained by controlling
for industry, age, job
Needless to say I was very interested in just
what this discrimination
After all, discrimination is a bit of an umbrella
term that can
mean a lot of different things.
So I read the study to see what they
meant, because surely, to make an assertion
as dramatic as that,
they’d have to back it up with something
Turns out the closest thing I found to an
explanation of this so-called
discrimination were things like “workplace
culture” and unconscious
bias and unfair hiring practices, all of which
are very subjective terms
and very hard to prove.
They can also be explained in other ways,
like personality type.
Again, women have less testosterone than
As a result, they may not be as aggressive
themselves forward in the workplace and grabbing
the attention of
the higher ups.
It’s likely they’ve worked less overtime
on average, which would
certainly put them below anyone for a promotion,
male or female,
who works more hours than they do.
Plus, the lack of overtime
means they’ll make less money on average.
Jumping straight to the umbrella term of “discrimination”
to give a concrete, tangible example of what
that actually is, is just a
lazy way of conveniently pushing the narrative
women are being held back by society and the
the fact women have access to every right,
privilege, and vocation
that men do, by law, is just not the case.
The other thing surveys like the ones by KPMG,
WGEA, and PayScale do, is present perfectly
legitimate choices made
by women as somehow evidence of great injustice.
they try to bill the fact women and men fall
into different industries
as some sort of societal wrong based on pressure
feel to go into certain industries that are
That’s why they
call it “occupational segregation”.
Well, you could hypothesise that a few decades
women have received enormous encouragement
for at least a
couple of decades now to move into fields
like STEM and politics.
There has been so much “girl power” in
the media, schools,
universities, celebrities spewing it left
right and centre that it has
pretty much saturated mainstream popular culture.
There is plenty of incentive and encouragement
for girls and women
to enter traditionally male dominated fields…but
they’re still not
And while the gender pay gap as closed a little
bit, the fact
that after all these years of fuss about promoting
women and getting
them into higher paid industries, the fact
they’re still gravitating
towards traditionally female professions could
perhaps be indicative
that there is something else going on here.
Either we still live in a society rank with
sexism, or, maybe, given our
innate biological and psychological differences
to men, women are
just making the choices they want to make
based on how they’re
It’s like the Nordic gender paradox; the
more freedom you
give men and women to do whatever they want,
the more likely they
are to fall into traditionally male and female
Speaking of traditional gender roles; another
form of spin feminists
engage in to demonstrate the alleged injustice
of the pay gap is to
demonize childrearing, by calling it “unpaid
labour” or “unpaid
As if a woman’s choice to follow her biological
instinct and focus on the quite extraordinary
act of bringing another
human being into the world is some sort of
domestic slavery that
women are forced into.
I think Western society is in a very sorry
state if the act of a woman
choosing to prioritise children over a career
is characterised as
“unpaid” labour, implying that since it
doesn’t have a price tag, it’s
lacking in value.
These studies also tend to twist language
to drive their narrative of
For example, the KPMG study cites a survey
workers across 800 employers using data from
Workplace Relations Survey, which found there
was no difference in
the likelihood of women asking for a raise.
However when they did
ask, they were less successful than men in
KPMG used this as an example of gender discrimination.
thing is, asking is very different from negotiating.
And as I stated
earlier, men on average tend to be more assertive
at the bargaining
table than women are.
Just because someone asks for a raise doesn’t
mean they’re going to obtain one just by
asking the question.
All in all, the gender pay gap is an ideologically
driven feminist myth,
and it’s grossly harmful to women.
Feminists claim to want to
empower women, yet in the same breath insist
that no matter what
they do, or how hard they work, they are always
going to be held
back by the fact that they are women.
How is that supposed to inspire women to chase
their dreams and
live their best lives if they think they’re
on the back foot from the
get-go, because of hostile societal forces
they can’t control?
I’m not saying sexism in the workplace doesn’t
Yes there are
still some chauvinistic dinosaurs out there
who may be contributing
to those last single digit percentage points
of the gender pay gap.
in 2019 they have nowhere near the power they
used to; they’ve
either died out, retired, or are tippy toeing
around HR departments.
Also, any tiny percentage of leftover pay
discrepancy that maybe
possibly is caused by discrimination is more
than balanced out by the
fact that, on average, women pay less tax
than men, and take more
out of the welfare system in childcare payments,
and also the aged
pension, since women live longer than men.
So, can we please,
PLEASE, finally put this silly feminist pay
gap myth to bed?