Comments make me want to vomit

2009 August 26
by Lizzzzzz

Indexed, an awesome blog with fun charts, posted about the gender pay gap, and the comments were incredibly insensitive. A few comments told women to stop whining, and one commenter said women choose to be paid less by picking the wrong jobs. Privileged much?

There are a myriad of reasons why women get paid less on average than men, and the discrepancy is even worse for people of color. I won’t go into any of the reasons here, but I challenge you to make a list. I thought of five distinct reasons in less than 10 minutes, and I am going to google to look for the ones I missed after I finish this post.

So, anyway, it made me want to vomit (and also cry). But then I read this post at Sociological Images in which a male reader points to examples of “boys club” behavior which contributes to shutting women out of tech jobs. He has a tech job, has noticed there aren’t a lot of women around, and cares enough to try to figure out why. Solidarity!

My spouse (a man) has a “this is what a feminist looks like” t-shirt. It’s hot pink. He likes the shirt but often hesitates to wear it because he is shy, and women talk to him on the street when he wears it. I tell him that is exactly why he needs wear it more. It shouldn’t be a surprise for a man to be a bold feminist.

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