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Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs For Feminism


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Cute.  Seems like I was just making this point recently.

The myth that wouldn't die. "No matter how many times this wage gap claim is decisively refuted by economists, it always comes back. The bottom line: the 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure or hours worked per week. When such relevant factors are considered, the wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing."

I completely agree that the wage gap is not as big for the same positions as simplistic analysis would indicate for exactly those reasons.  However, there is some pay gap in many of those cases.  I have seen it first hand, to the point of warning managers of borderline illegal discrimination that needed to be fixed.  The perceived difference of experience and capability is often true, often because women haven't been driven as much or as adventurous, but often it is not.  Not long ago I corrected, to the degree I could, a very glaring imbalance that was being ignored because, I think, the woman was outwardly satisfied with the situation.

But separately (although it tends to add to that first case), the very thing you are pointing to, differences in jobs, is evidence of discrimination at a different level: Women don't choose certain fields because of early influence of some kind to them, their teachers, and their parents and women don't tend to get hired for certain professions and positions because of influence to hiring managers.  Just because it is their choice in high school, college, and after doesn't mean that they weren't influenced in negative ways.

The whole point of this video is to address all of those issues by direct confrontation, especially the subtle princessing of girls.  The princess motif is not the king motif, or the engineer or CEO or other leader.  There's nothing wrong with noticing that children are cute, and making them cuter: that adds to our attention and drive to take care of them and raise them and gives them their first type of self esteem.  But we should expose boys and girls equally to all of the things they can be without subtly biasing them differently and away from the best opportunities.

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