Comment on a Fox forum comment on Obama
September 25th 2008

Silly title for the post, I know. Bear with me.

Through the "random hot post" feature in WordPress, I read Fox forum post criticizing Barak Obama (I would't expect that in a Fox forum!). In short, it says that the claim that women are worse paid than men for the same job is a myth. For a longer explanation, read the whole article

The thing is that I tried to comment there, but I couldn't (when hitting "Submit comment" a 404 error appears). Bad page coding or anti-leftist filter? I don't know, but I'm writing down my opinion here. Because I can :^)

I didn't expect such right-wing ideas in a Fox forum [/irony]

I partly agree with the reasoning of the post, fair is fair. But the writer absolutely fails to stick to the logic he proclaims. There are two issues, that he correctly differentiates:

A) Whether men and women have different salaries "on average"

B) Whether men and women have different salaries "for the same job"

The writer seems to accept that while it is true that men earn more in A, in the more "fair" comparison B, the salaries are equal. I am not going to comment on B, because I have no data. For the sake of argumentation, I will assume that it is true that in the B comparison salaries are equal.

Now the writer tries to convince us that the comparison in A is unfavorable to women because:

a) women tend to not choose jobs with higher salaries.
b) women can not sacrifice themselves to their job, because they have to be good mothers

Let me disagree. The fact that, on average, men have better jobs does not imply that women do not choose them. Actually, it is more probable that what it means is that those on charge (men) do not choose women for those jobs. This is discrimination.

And about the point b, it is hard to make it enter some people's skulls, but women should be "good mothers" as men should be "good fathers". A home/family is a hard work for BOTH parents, and there is no sacrifice a man could do for his job that a woman should not be allowed to do. Maybe men are more willing to make sacrifices to their job (condemning their partners to stay home in the process), and maybe men are more allowed to do those sacrifices. This is discrimination.

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