Joe Rogan just NAILED it when he talked about male feminists and the gender wage gap (video below).
His take on “male feminists” is that these are men who were rejected over and over again. They’ve been rejected for so long that they decide in their head that “instead of playing the game, which hasn’t worked for me for years, I’m going to offer myself to these women as the solution for the men that have been wronging them for so long.”
On the gender wage gap, he’s spot on. It’s been shown that if you look at the same job, with the same amount of experience, and similar educational background, that the pay gap essentially disappears.
Lemme hand it over to Hanna Rosin from Slate, for a moment:
“The official Bureau of Labor Department statistics show that the median earnings of full-time female workers is 77 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. But that is very different than “77 cents on the dollar for doing the same work as men.” The latter gives the impression that a man and a woman standing next to each other doing the same job for the same number of hours get paid different salaries. That’s not at all the case. “Full time” officially means 35 hours, but men work more hours than women. That’s the first problem: We could be comparing men working 40 hours to women working 35.
How to get a more accurate measure? First, instead of comparing annual wages, start by comparing average weekly wages. By this measure, women earn 81 percent of what men earn. Then, when you restrict the comparison to men and women working 40 hours a week, the gap narrows to 87 percent.
But we’re still not close to measuring women “doing the same work as men.” The big differences are in occupation and industry. Women congregate in different professions than men do, and the largely male professions tend to be higher-paying. If you account for those differences, and then compare a woman and a man doing the same job, the pay gap narrows to 91 percent.
The point here is not that there is no wage inequality. But by focusing our outrage into a tidy, misleading statistic we’ve missed the actual challenges.”
Is that not enough proof? How about listening to Claudia Goldin, an economics professor at Harvard University. As one can imagine, Goldin comes to the same conclusion that I and many others have: That the gap is due mostly to choices men and women make in their careers and not discrimination.
Enough with the “experts” though, let’s hear Joe Rogan’s hilarious take on the matter: