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No Gender Gap in Wages? So Carrie Lukas Argues. Part 1.

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April 13th, 2011

Carrie Lukas tells us on Equal Pay Day that there is no gender gap in wages, that the differences are wholly due to women’s “free” choices. I beg to differ. Hence these two long posts answering her arguments.

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No Gender Gap in Wages? So Carrie Lukas Argues. Part 2.

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April 13th, 2011

Let’s continue with Carrie Lukas’ argument that there is no gender gap in wages.

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The Popularization Bias: Even Imaginary New Studies are OK If They Are Sexist

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January 5th, 2011

I also found a BBC reference to this same piece of news. Its summary:


According to a new study more women are are marrying for money than did in the 1940s.

The author of the report, Dr Catherine Hakim, tells BBC Radio 5 live “there is this myth that women invariably choose to have a relationship of total equality”.

Speaking to Victoria Derbyshire, Dr Hakim continues: “More and more women are choosing to marry men who are substantially better educated than them, and therefore have higher earnings capacity.”

By then I was truly excited about this new research, for all sorts of reasons, and not the least because close to 100 percent of well-educated men in the 1940s had to be marrying “down”, given the gender percentages then prevailing in institutions of higher education. That, in turn must mean that loads more highly educated men are NOT marrying “down” today which, based on Hakim’s arguments, means that men are seeking a more egalitarian relationship than in the past!

Or something like that. It’s as good as Hakim’s arguments, in any case, given that adding-up problem: If a country is fairly egalitarian in education, how can “more and more” women marry “up” compared to, say, 1940s?

But I digress from the purpose of this post which is to tell you that after carefully reading through Hakim’s report, I found no new study. She links to her year book published in 2000 and to a Polish paper from 2007 which is unavailable through Google. But no new study. Where did the BBC get that from?

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No Study Is Too Bad To Be Popularized If It Bashes Women

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October 11th, 2010

The most recent example of that comes from the BBC website where a story about an Internet survey has the title “Mothers ‘Harder on Daughters Than Sons’, Poll Suggests.”

The survey, carried out by a U.K. website called Netmums, is based on self-selection, not a random sample. This means that the results cannot be generalized beyond the respondents of the survey, but that is exactly what seems to be happening, from the BBC to Fox News!

But that’s not all that is wrong with the popularizations of this survey or the survey itself. The most glaring error:

More than half of the 2,672 mothers questioned (55%) said they had formed a stronger bond with their boys

Let’s have a look at the actual study results:
2. What gender are your children?

* All girls - 23.2%
* All boys - 30.8%
* Both girls and boys - 46%

9. If you have children of both genders, did you find it easier to bond with one of your children than the other(s)?

* Yes - 27.8%
* No - 72.2%

10. If yes, please specify whether you found it easiest to bond with your:

* Son - 54.9%
* Daughter - 45.1%

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Newsweek And Sexism

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March 22nd, 2010

An interesting piece by several women who work at Newsweek discusses the progress of women at the magazine since the early 1970s. … Outside the question of sexuality, the culture now does tell younger women that they can be anything they want if they work hard enough, though this suggestion is made before one enters the labor force or has any children. I suspect that the transition from college to the labor force is when some women hear that feminist alarm clock ringing. And ringing and ringing. It’s ringing, because the job of making the world a fairer place was only begun and not finished.

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No Orgasms For You, Old Ladies

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March 10th, 2010

Want to take a walk with me? We shall stroll down the virtual path I took this morning after seeing the headlines in my Google news about a new study which has tried to map out a person’s “sexual life expectancy”: the expected number of year of sexually active life one can anticipate to have left at any given age.

The headlines told me that the study found a correlation between good health and a longer sex life for both sexes but more for men. They also told me that men had the longer “sexual life expectancy.”

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I Haz Teh Sadz

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September 21st, 2009

Because of that crappy post at Huffington Post and the whole idea that women are now terribly unhappy because feminism failed them. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this isn’t what our Arianna is selling us. She’s very unhappy herself, because she is running a website rather than washing floors back at home. But getting more clicks at the expense of feminists is well worth the tears she sheds.

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Wake Up And Smell The Estrogen!

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September 17th, 2008

That sentence was on the cover of one of the old Ms. magazines I just put into the trade basket in my library, and it makes a very good kick-in-the-pants beginning for this rant. And a rant it will be.

To begin with the Bitch magazine is in financial trouble and it needs your dollars to continue. You can donate here.

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How To Dis Women, Hilariously

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February 29th, 2008

Joel Stein gives us a very handy lesson on that in his most recent column, fetchingly called “A little something for the ladies.” Note the term “ladies” and the “little something”! Could it be….a diamond ring? Ooh, shiny! Gimme, gimme! If not I shall stomp my tiny foot and cry! And you will not get laid for a century at least!

The column isn’t about what to give your little lady on Valentine’s Day to get the blowjob you’ve paid for, nope. It’s about women as political animals. Well, as political pet animals, really. It’s also a very very funny column, and I’m going to show you how you, too, can write a funny column like that.

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Once Upon A Time

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January 18th, 2008

There lived a political pundit called Chris Matthews. He had his very own show on television, intriguingly called “Hardball”, and the show attracted many famous and powerful politicians and many erudite and experienced analysts of politics. Matthews would chat with them on the topics of the day, often expressing iconoclastic and funny opinions. All his friends knew that he had a good heart and that he spoke too rapidly, but otherwise he was a prince among men. And he called it as he saw it. An upright reporter, a warm and compassionate human being, a famous celebrity. What’s not to like?

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