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Re: “Merry Cripmas and a Cracker New Year

I can't believe these Clemson students would host an event like this that perpetuates the unfair negative stereotypes associated with gangs. I know gang leaders nationwide are clamoring for an apology.

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Posted by JamesFox on December 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Why are white men turning on women?

"So white men only get 95% of things handed to them, and a few things are unjust. Therefore centuries of minority suppression and disenfranchisement are invalid. You are proving the point of the article homeslice."

This is silly. To the extent any white man has benefited from his gender and skin color, it doesn't make it righteous to enforce a denial of rights to make up for it. If everyone wants equality as exact as we can legislate it, then all sides must be prepared to give up the privileges and allowances they enjoyed under the old system, wives and mothers included. And any sort of prioritization of one gender over another is going to result in entrenchment and vitriol of the kind you're already seeing.

Also, 95% huh?

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Posted by JamesFox on November 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Why are white men turning on women?


It is not a "generalization" that women are less likely to negotiate: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/04/08/300290240/why-women-dont-ask-for-more-money ... speaking of assumptions, however, what makes you think I'm white? Or that, supposing I am, that I'm of an age where I benefit from that 5% advantage (since, as I noted, there is hardly any wage gap b/w male and female millennials entering the job mkt).

As for your posted critiques of the study I cited, they don't disprove the study, they just disagree w/ it. Further, they don't provide any evidence for the conventional claim that women earn 77 cents on the dollar AFTER controlling for relevant factors. That pernicious lie is simply untrue. No, the Consad study was not exhaustive, but at present it appears to be the most comprehensive analysis of the available data.

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Posted by JamesFox on November 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Why are white men turning on women?


If you found articles refuting the one I posted, don't be shy, please share. As for the study itself and why I chose it: it was a report commissioned by the BLS that aggregated 50+ separate peer-reviewed studies of the supposed gender pay gap. Prior to that, many studies did not control for job selection (your more recent 2014 study you shared appears guilty of the same mistake, though I only had a chance to peruse the ). Such an oversight is a problem. It stands to reason that a male engineer and a female schoolteacher should not be paid the same; that is, though the engineer may make a considerable amount more, there's no imbalance there that requires correction, though technically a "pay gap" would exist. The BLS report found that when you controlled for these facts - women selecting careers with lower financial remuneration, women tending to prioritize benefits over direct compensation - the alleged pay gap shrunk to approximately 5%. It should also be noted that in the President's SOTU address in 2013 (I think) he mentioned the 77 cents on the dollar figure and it was fact-checked by numerous organizations (WaPo, Daily Beast) and ruled rather dubious.

Another less scientific but perhaps more intuitive point is that if women are really getting paid >20% less than men, it's a wonder they aren't being scooped up by bottom-line conscious corporations eager to shed costs.

As to your second point, on whether I think 5% is "acceptable," it doesn't really bother me. As I noted, the trend is that the gap has been closing uninterrupted, and if it was 5% in 2009, it might exist at this point w/in a certain margin of error. That certainly dovetails w/ research on the wages of millennials entering the job market (note that this research doesn't control for career choice, either; it happens that younger women are starting to enter high paying professions traditionally dominated by men). I'll also point out that private corporations are free to pay their employees as they see fit, and employees are free to negotiate their salaries (I seem to recall that women are much more hesitant to negotiate for a better salary).

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Posted by JamesFox on November 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM
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