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Poor Phyllis.  She's so misunderstood.  She's simply trying to help poor feminists see the light.  Her heart breaks for them, stuck in their poor, loveless lives, without the comfort of strong, male arms to comfort them and the tender, little hands of children reaching out for a hug.


She's just trying to explain the FACTS about the so-called PAY GAP.

Women place a much higher value on pleasant working conditions: a clean, comfortable, air-conditioned office with congenial co-workers. Men, on the other hand, are more willing to endure unpleasant working conditions to earn higher pay, doing dirty, dangerous outside work. In 2012, men suffered 92 percent of work-related deaths.
She's right!  Men DID suffer 92 % of work-related injuries.  While "dangerous outside work" had a bit to do with that, most of the deaths were traffic related.  Also, she's doing a bit of assuming that those dangerous jobs out there have salaries that skew higher.  That might not be true.

I'm not here to quibble, however, I'm here to decipher and let's face it, Ms. Schlafly just wants the best for feminists.

Women work fewer hours per day, per week, per year. They spend fewer years as full-time workers outside the home, avoid jobs that require overtime, and choose jobs with flexibility to take time off for personal reasons. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, men are twice as likely as women to work more than 40 hours a week.
You gotta love a woman who spends time on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website!  She picked one fact out of their study comparing men's and women's salaries.  That means her above statement contains truth!

Clearly, you, distinguished reader, would like to glean more truth about men's and women's salaries.  Do what Phyllis did.  Go here to find out more. You may wish to look at a few more facts than she.  You'll learn things like female chief executive officers make 72% of a man's salary.  Clearly, this is because the other 28% is spent on their extensive time off, air conditioned offices and congenial co-workers.  That costs money!

Perhaps an even more important reason for women's lower pay is the choices women make in their personal lives, such as having children. Women with children earn less, but childless women earn about the same as men.
Aha!  Phyllis found an unnamed source that did what the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't do: measure women's salaries by their parental status.  BLS only measures by marital status and women who never married earn 92.3% of a man's salary.  Of course, that includes the woman in my office who never married but adopted her sister's four kids after her sister passed away.  I have to tell her she should be earning 92.3%.  That will make her happy, just like Phyllis would have wanted!

Then again, maybe Phyllis read this Canadian study.  

OK, gals, this is where Ms. Schlafly gets all "Millionaire Matchmaker" on us!

Another fact is the influence of hypergamy, which means that women typically choose a mate (husband or boyfriend) who earns more than she does. Men don't have the same preference for a higher-earning mate.

While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap.

Ms. Schlafly uses the time-honored technique of using a fancy term to give her argument more weight....and it works!  Hypergamy is a real thing.  Look it up on the Wikipedia!  Just don't read the footnotes, or you'll poke a small but insignificant hole in that argument when it comes to nations where there is little gender pay disparity.

It's an NIH study.  Why do we even have an NIH.  Sounds like Communism to me and that makes Phyllis have the sads.

So does your feminism, gals.  But what I really think is beginning to give Phyllis the sads is globalism.  Read this last quote:

The real economic story of the past 30 years is that women's pay has effectively risen to virtual parity, but men's pay has stagnated and thousands of well-paid blue-collar jobs have been shipped to low-wage countries. Nobody should be surprised that the marriage rate has fallen, the age of first marriage has risen, and marriage, in general, has become unstable.
Note, too, that she doesn't seem to think gay marriage is threatening "marriage, in general."

No, it's you greedy feminists, with your desire for a higher paying job with shorter work hours, air-conditioning and pleasant co-workers.

You need to be more like Phyllis, who married a lawyer from a rich family.  Don't be like her mom, who went to work after her husband became unemployed during the Depression.  

She's just trying to help.  

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  •  I'll be home tending to my children (7+ / 0-)

    and my husband who (shhh...makes less than I do.  Don't tell him!)

  •  They should not get the same pay as men (5+ / 0-)

    they should get paid more . It should be flip flopped , for every dollar a woman makes , a man should earn 70 cents .
    I've been thinking about this for years ,
    and I think it would really work out better for everyone ,
    I might be wrong , but I'd like to give it a try and then see after 20 or 50 years if things haven't really improved for the better . If after the 20 or 50 years things are not improved , we could try evening it out to be 1 to 1 on the paychecks .

    "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

    by indycam on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:38:45 PM PDT

    •  Sounds like a good study of the issue (2+ / 0-)
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      indycam, suzq

      Your proposal offers the opportunity to compare the alternative system over a long enough period of time to actually make it comparable to the current system.

      If the time frame is too short, people might feel that the results are simply not meaningful. We wouldn't want that.

    •  Foreign aid experts have considered this for years (0+ / 0-)

      and a lot of foreign aid is now targeted as women, since they are more likely to build their communities, rather than retain wealth for themselves.  

      •  ... (1+ / 0-)
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        Expat Okie

        Conventional banks are owned by the rich, generally men. Grameen Bank is owned by poor women.

        Overarching objective of the conventional banks is to maximize profit. Grameen Bank's objective is to bring financial services to the poor, particularly women and the poorest — to help them fight poverty, stay profitable and financially sound. It is a composite objective, coming out of social and economic visions.

        Conventional banks focus on men, Grameen gives high priority to women. 97 per cent of Grameen Bank's borrowers are women. Grameen Bank works to raise the status of poor women in their families by giving them ownership of assets. It makes sure that the ownership of the houses built with Grameen Bank loans remain with the borrowers, i.e., the women.
        It is clear that microfinance can protect households from shocks, contribute to changing societal norms about the role of women in society and lead to some households moving out of poverty.
        Is Scotland the first "developed" economy to try Grameen's methods?

        No. Grameen America launched in 2008 in New York and repayment rates are above 99%.

        "please love deeply...openly and genuinely." A. M. H.

        by indycam on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 08:51:48 AM PDT

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  •  Damn (7+ / 0-)

    I knew I shouldn't have had those kids and been a single mom for years, forced to work in order to support us.  Sure, we got food stamps while I pursued my college degree, but all of the wealthy guys I hung around were married or already in committed relationships, so I had to continue to work outside the home my entire working career and still work part-time because my current husband (shhh, suzq - mine makes less than me, too) lost his business in the 2008 financial fiasco and has struggled to find work in our rural community.  Sigh, I guess women should just stop trying to get educated in order to get good jobs and just stay home, having kids, cooking meals, cleaning the house (this one I'm not too good at but I try), and waiting on their poor overworked husbands when they come home with drinks and dinner ready.  I didn't seem to get that memo, though and still worked outside the home, making less than men in my same position at a University.

    If you acknowledge it, you can change it.

    by Raggedy Ann on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:42:51 PM PDT

  •  I married a feminist who happens to be male. He (6+ / 0-)

    was a feminist when I met him in 1968. During the last 28 years of the 43 we have been married, I have worked at a federal agency rather than in private law firms. I chose stability (& "flexibility") over higher income. My husband chose the other route. When it came time for me to be transferred to an office in another state or face a "reduction in force," we agreed that I would relocate and he would be the trailing spouse. He has done that twice now. Why? Because my income during that period has always exceeded his and my retirement benefits will far exceed his.

    "I swear it to you on my common woman's head, the common woman is as common as a common loaf of bread ... and will rise."

    by Expat Okie on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 04:59:47 PM PDT

    •  Pretty much the same for me... (2+ / 0-)
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      The spousal unit has the better job, and we have moved for her career.  Which is fine.  She's an executive at a Fortune 10 company, something I have neither the inclination nor patience to pursue, nor did I ever.

      She's also had to put up with performing at 110%, then seeing a job she left after "turning it around" be split into two or three positions and given to men each at a higher salary than she was making when she moved on.  It's frustrating for her, but she's managed to keep on trucking in corporate America.  

      So fuck you Phyllis Schlafly and your commentary on women.  Your insertion of your personal agenda into American life cost this country the Equal Rights Amendment, something that is unforgivable.  Fuck you very much.  

      A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

      by jo fish on Wed Apr 16, 2014 at 07:16:36 AM PDT

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    •  Psst....I have a conservative friend in the same (0+ / 0-)

      position!  His family just moved to VA because his wife got a promotion.  Heh, heh....

  •  She gives mature women a bad reputation (3+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, BMScott, suzq

    Why is it that women on the right can't understand that we're not talking about coal miner compared to yoga teacher, or accountant compared to astronaut.

    We're talking about coal miner (M) and coal miner (F); yoga teacher (M) and yoga teacher (F); accountant (M) and accountant (F); astronaut (M) and astronaut (F).

    •  meh...she's always been (1+ / 0-)
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      jo fish

      a relic. She got canned from her job as Florida orange juice spokeswoman after she went on and on and on about how evil gays are, back in the '70s, and gay bars stopped carrying FL o.j.

      She's also a hypocrite: while she was lecturing about women should stay home, SHE was on the lecture circuit making tons of money.

      She should just shut her fucking pie hole.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Tue Apr 15, 2014 at 11:00:34 PM PDT

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      •  You're confusing Anita Bryant w/ Phyllis Schlafly (2+ / 0-)
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        Youffraita, Expat Okie

        It's ok.  They all look alike.

        But I am constantly amused by a woman who is professional gadfly telling other women to forego being professionals.  

        Let's hope she chooses not to lecture the women that will be changing her bedpans soon.  

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