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For the 24 hours of International Women’s Day, leftists will espouse their typical talking points. They will promote abortion, shriek about the gender pay gap, and claim they have fewer rights than guns.
In other words, International Women’s Day will be a time for mendacity, spouting pernicious lies that academia, Hollywood, and the media will demand we believe without any critical thinking.
You can expect Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to declare to the heavens that he is a male feminist. You can also bet the farm that Hillary Clinton will champion herself as a crusader for women’s rights, though her track record is quite deplorable.
The press, Hollywood, social media, and Washington will eat it up. The virtue signalling will be pervasive.
Let’s examine the more common fallacies that’ll be uttered this week:
Gender Pay Gap
The gender pay gap has been exposed more times than Jennifer Lawrence’s intellect. This is indeed one of the more nauseating myths in the marketplace of ideas and discourse. At rallies, on television, during Women’s Studies lectures, this fallacious concept is disseminated as truth at home and abroad.
If you compare the earnings between all men and all women, then the gap is anywhere from 13% to 23%. However, once you start adding multiple variables – marital status, employment, education, experience, and a plethora of other elements – then the gender pay gap dwindles, sometimes even in favor of females.
Here are three important facts:
- Men work more hours than women (8.4 hours versus 7.8 hours).
- Men are employed more in danger wage premium jobs than women.
- Men do not get pregnant (that’s right, CNN) and temporarily leave the labor market.
When crunching the data, there are other instances where women earn more than their gender counterparts.
Last year, U.S. Census data found that childless, city-living, female millennials with college degrees out-earn men by 8%. In the fashion industry, female models make 75% more than male models. Lesbians take home a bigger paycheck than heterosexual women.
In the end, if you compare men and women in the same field and with identical education, skills, experience, and marital status, any pay gap is eliminated. It is evident that the two genders are different in what industries they choose to make a living in, particularly in today’s pro-girl, anti-boy environment.
Women in Education
With university graduation just around the corner, here is a guarantee: no speaker will mention the inconvenient fact that there is a gender college degree gap.
According to data from the Department of Education, women receive the majority of college degrees. This has been the case for three decades. In 2017, they accounted for 62% of Associate’s, 57% of Bachelor’s, 58% of Master’s, and 52% of Doctor’s.
Overall, women earned 141 college degrees at all levels for every 100 men. The U.S. government forecasts that this will shoot up to 150 within eight years.
Feminists, who are never happy about anything, will complain that women may be dominating multiple fields of study (education, arts, and public administration), but they aren’t leading any of the STEM areas. This is correct. All the statistics show that females represent about a third of STEM programs.
It must be noted that this isn’t part of the hetero-patriarchal oppression that conspiratorial feminists purport. Under present-day conditions, women can certainly enroll in a mathematics or engineering class – or any other subject they wish. They just choose not to, and there isn’t anything wrong with that.
The warped thinking can be condensed this way: a post-secondary facility has open enrollment for STEM and non-STEM fields (Lesbian Dance Theory or sociology). A phalanx of females flock to the non-STEM and then spend the next four years grumbling that there aren’t enough women in computer science.
Women in the Workforce
Read a CNBC article. Attend a business conference. Watch a politician’s media event. They generally have the same message to businesses – large and small: hire more women! Just take a gander at this headline from Inc.com: “Want to Run a Successful Business? Hire More Women.”
Despite being a form of gender discrimination, it is still a noble goal: you want as many capable and apt professionals in your organization. But you can’t force women to enter a particular career.
Women often select professions that proffer a work-life balance with flexible schedules. They will also choose jobs that can suit their aims to have children. Computer engineering requires workers to constantly update their skills, and if a woman needs to exit the labor force for an extended period of time, then she will pick an industry that accommodates her one- or four-year absence.
Moreover, there are fundamental differences between genders. As Jordan Peterson often alludes to in his talks or writings, males like things and females like people. This is often the reason why you witness women working in healthcare and men working with computers.
That said, if a female employee doesn’t get her way, then sexism shouldn’t be the go-to excuse.
If a woman wants to be paid more at the office, then she needs to put a little more work into negotiating her salary – the Harvard Business Review reported this fact in 2014. If a female Uber driver isn’t making as much per hour as male drivers, then she needs to drive more hours and stay on the platform. If she notices a male colleague suddenly works more hours and she is perturbed by this, then she needs to follow suit – Claudia Goldin, an economics professor at Harvard University, discovered that men work harder for two years after their spouses give birth.
International Women’s Day is Anti-Logic Day
Legendary economist Thomas Sowell once wrote:
“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”
That is true of modern-day feminism and International Women’s Day. Mendacity reigns supreme. The likes of Linda Sarsour and Hillary Clinton pay lip service to the feminist movement to advance their own objectives. Nobody wants to be told the truth, especially if it threatens their victimhood status.
Let’s be honest: victimhood is a profitable scheme in the current climate. If you check a lot of the victim boxes, then the more you can blame others for your setbacks and woes. This is the height of identity politics. Responsibility is therefore tossed out the window, which then alleviates the concern that you need to take accountability for your own actions and choices in life.
Not getting ahead? Blame the patriarchy. Not getting a raise at your job? It’s sexism. Not acing the mid-term exams? It’s because the professor’s a man. Outsourcing responsibility is expedient in the short-term, but continually lying to yourself can only diminish success, self-worth, and satisfaction in the road ahead. International Women’s Day does a disservice to hardworking, smart, independent females.
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