ANZ and the Rigmarole of Feminist Absurdity

In the ever increasing and ever so heart strung world of victim hood, the gender pay gap myth continually gets bandied about as some kind of evidence of a global male conspiracy to suppress women at all costs.

Let’s take the latest addition to ANZ’s advertising campaigns as an example. ‘What pulls at the heart strings more than the evil conspired gender pay gap?’ I hear you ask. Well, how about little girls getting paid less for doing the same chores as their male counterparts? Even worse, upon inquiring about this unfairness, poor little girls getting slapped with a  ‘that’s just how it is’? Enough material there for the blistered thumbs of a twitter social justice warrior to jump into overdrive in desperate search for a ‘like’ notification dopamine hit.

Yet not all is as it seems. Like most causes fought by the keyboard warriors in the name of ‘social justice’, facts, figures and statistics often have little or nothing to do with arguments. Unfortunately, the adorable little protests of the so called ‘progressive liberals’ do more to harm social justice than strengthen it.

So let’s talk facts and figures shall we?

It is a widely accepted and endorsed fact that in Australia the gender pay gap hovers between 16%-19%.

This of course is put down to discrimination and ‘institutionalised sexism’. Never mind the ‘equal work for equal pay’ legislation that was brought into Australian law in 1972. At the levels we are told women are being exploited, one cannot help but wonder why the legislation was conceived of in the first place. And if this is the case, what bearing does Australian law have on society at all…?

But of course the spirited and astute third wave feminist will call you out on this ‘Texas sharpshooter’ presumption. Laws are manipulated, twisted and side stepped by male employers with impunity. One rebuttal to the argument is the glass ceiling whereby women are left behind at a certain level whereas men are given the advantage to move forward. This is a highly controversial claim to make now though isn’t it? The evidence of this happening appears to also be the conclusion of the evidence. What’s the problem? Women do not get promoted past a certain point. What’s the evidence of this? Women do not get promoted past a certain point. The reason is automatically reduced to the grand old narrative of ‘institutionalised sexism’.

What then should we say of choices women make such as working more often than men in part time and temporary positions which offer reduced hourly rates? Or how about the disruption in their working life because of pregnancy and/or motherhood?

Should we consider the fact that men on average work longer hours than women?

How many women work in deep sea welding or coal mines compared to men? Or in deep sea fishing?

Even putting all that aside, we know there are industries in which women are predominant. Child care and other community service industries are very much so the domain of women for the most part.

However, these industries do not have such high wages. Of course the deafening voices of the ‘scream-a-thon’ feminists would lead you to believe that this is calculated and contrived by the male chauvinists. The same ladies (and feminist men for that matter) would be at a loss to explain away the basic economics of market forces which drive wages. Demand and supply.

Simply put, capitalism itself is portrayed by feminists as the product of male domination. Men are greedy ravenous creatures who will do anything for money, power and prestige. As long as capitalism exists, men will always force inequality. Yet one does wonder why in a world driven by the pursuit of money, male employers would not avoid expensive employees (men) and hire only women who are cheaper and offer the same standards of work. How do the adorable liberal feminists reconcile this gaping intellectual absurdity? Perhaps suppressing women is of utmost importance, even at the expense of profits? Well that assumption is quite clearly so daft, so illogical and so utterly incoherent, that it could only come from a third wave feminist.

So while the regressive readers are chasing their own tails trying to either reconcile the above ‘feminist riddle’ or think of more empty slogans and meaningless insults, I’d like to take a moment to add a caveat that we can all reflect on.

There are obviously exceptions to the rules. Of course there are women who can work much harder, much smarter and much longer than their male counter parts. I know from my own experiences that these cases are without a doubt out there. By the same token, of course there are men who find sexist ideals intrinsic. They are however on the fringes and one cannot taint all men with the same brush. It is not a feature exclusive to men. No, these are just bad people.

Men for the most part have respect for women and the work that they do be that in the work place or in the home. It does not matter. The only ones judging and stereotyping are the feminists themselves. The rest of us are simply going about our daily lives.

The point to take here is that we cannot use anecdotal evidence if we are talking about national averages. This conflation is intellectual dishonesty and quite frankly harms the perception of people about women in the work force. It is also unfair for men to not be rewarded for their efforts and instead be demonised as sexist pigs. The option for women in the work place is there. If they are ready to make the choices, nothing will stop them. If they are mentally, emotionally and physically capable of doing the tasks at hand then it is their prerogative just as it is ours as males.

We would all like a balanced and equal society. For this to occur however we must ensure that equality of opportunity is not confused with equality of outcome.

In the ever increasing and ever so heart strung world of victim hood, the gender pay gap myth continually gets bandied about as some kind of evidence of a global male conspiracy to suppress women at all costs.

Let’s take the latest addition to ANZ’s advertising campaigns as an example. ‘What pulls at the heart strings more than the evil conspired gender pay gap?’ I hear you ask. Well, how about little girls getting paid less for doing the same chores as their male counterparts? Even worse, upon inquiring about this unfairness, poor little girls getting slapped with a  ‘that’s just how it is’? Enough material there for the blistered thumbs of a twitter social justice warrior to jump into overdrive in desperate search for a ‘like’ notification dopamine hit.

Yet not all is as it seems. Like most causes fought by the keyboard warriors in the name of ‘social justice’, facts, figures and statistics often have little or nothing to do with arguments. Unfortunately, the adorable little protests of the so called ‘progressive liberals’ do more to harm social justice than strengthen it.

So let’s talk facts and figures shall we?

It is a widely accepted and endorsed fact that in Australia the gender pay gap hovers between 16%-19%.

This of course is put down to discrimination and ‘institutionalised sexism’. Never mind the ‘equal work for equal pay’ legislation that was brought into Australian law in 1972. At the levels we are told women are being exploited, one cannot help but wonder why the legislation was conceived of in the first place. And if this is the case, what bearing does Australian law have on society at all…?

But of course the spirited and astute third wave feminist will call you out on this ‘Texas sharpshooter’ presumption. Laws are manipulated, twisted and side stepped by male employers with impunity. One rebuttal to the argument is the glass ceiling whereby women are left behind at a certain level whereas men are given the advantage to move forward. This is a highly controversial claim to make now though isn’t it? The evidence of this happening appears to also be the conclusion of the evidence. What’s the problem? Women do not get promoted past a certain point. What’s the evidence of this? Women do not get promoted past a certain point. The reason is automatically reduced to the grand old narrative of ‘institutionalised sexism’.

What then should we say of choices women make such as working more often than men in part time and temporary positions which offer reduced hourly rates? Or how about the disruption in their working life because of pregnancy and/or motherhood?

Should we consider the fact that men on average work longer hours than women?

How many women work in deep sea welding or coal mines compared to men? Or in deep sea fishing?

Even putting all that aside, we know there are industries in which women are predominant. Child care and other community service industries are very much so the domain of women for the most part.

However, these industries do not have such high wages. Of course the deafening voices of the ‘scream-a-thon’ feminists would lead you to believe that this is calculated and contrived by the male chauvinists. The same ladies (and feminist men for that matter) would be at a loss to explain away the basic economics of market forces which drive wages. Demand and supply.

Simply put, capitalism itself is portrayed by feminists as the product of male domination. Men are greedy ravenous creatures who will do anything for money, power and prestige. As long as capitalism exists, men will always force inequality. Yet one does wonder why in a world driven by the pursuit of money, male employers would not avoid expensive employees (men) and hire only women who are cheaper and offer the same standards of work. How do the adorable liberal feminists reconcile this gaping intellectual absurdity? Perhaps suppressing women is of utmost importance, even at the expense of profits? Well that assumption is quite clearly so daft, so illogical and so utterly incoherent, that it could only come from a third wave feminist.

So while the regressive readers are chasing their own tails trying to either reconcile the above ‘feminist riddle’ or think of more empty slogans and meaningless insults, I’d like to take a moment to add a caveat that we can all reflect on.

There are obviously exceptions to the rules. Of course there are women who can work much harder, much smarter and much longer than their male counter parts. I know from my own experiences that these cases are without a doubt out there. By the same token, of course there are men who find sexist ideals intrinsic. They are however on the fringes and one cannot taint all men with the same brush. It is not a feature exclusive to men. No, these are just bad people.

Men for the most part have respect for women and the work that they do be that in the work place or in the home. It does not matter. The only ones judging and stereotyping are the feminists themselves. The rest of us are simply going about our daily lives.

The point to take here is that we cannot use anecdotal evidence if we are talking about national averages. This conflation is intellectual dishonesty and quite frankly harms the perception of people about women in the work force. It is also unfair for men to not be rewarded for their efforts and instead be demonised as sexist pigs. The option for women in the work place is there. If they are ready to make the choices, nothing will stop them. If they are mentally, emotionally and physically capable of doing the tasks at hand then it is their prerogative just as it is ours as males.

We would all like a balanced and equal society. For this to occur however we must ensure that equality of opportunity is not confused with equality of outcome.

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