Creating Education Better? How about we stop creating myths about wage gaps?

The Liberal media could, if it wanted, dispel the “women make less than men” myth, but, that would involve responsible journalism, and the media does not do much of that anymore. Maybe if the wage gap story wore a bikini the media would notice?

Everybody is laughing at Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, for her stumbling answer to a Miss USA pageant question, but no one seems to have pointed out that the question, asked by reality-TV personality NeNe Leakes, was based on a persistent feminist fallacy:

“A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does it say about society?”

In fairness to Miss Utah, that is one of those questions that should never be asked because it is based on false information. She is supposed to answer a certain way, and, as happens with scripted answers, she blew it. 

Stacy McCain does, however note a real pay gap that should be highlighted

Well, for that matter, I “continue to earn less than” reality-TV stars, but the claim that this says anything “about society” — i.e., the feminist myth that the so-called “wage gap” is a product of sexist discrimination — falls apart under critical scrutiny. In fact, when you control for such factors as time on the job and educational background, so that you’re comparing apples to apples, practically the entire earning differential between men and women disappears. As economist Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute observed last year, “common perceptions of the gender pay gap” are ” vastly exaggerated”:

I am offended, no, I am victimized by a society that places greater value on a reality TV star, even one named NeNe Leakes, than it does on a Blogger like me. Where is the media on that wage gap? But, in better news, here is Miss Utah in her role as a pro-bikini activist, and there is just no price that can be placed on that!


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