Once Again with the Plain Rebuttal to “Equal Pay Day”


Well, as long as people are willing to repeat discredited and obvious nonsense like the “Equal Pay Day” rhetoric, I suppose we’ll have to continue to recite the obvious responses.  Mary Katharine Ham has apparently drawn the short straw this time around:

These differing priorities understandably impact pay. Women are more likely to take a job that pays less to gain flexibility and work-life balance. I’ve done it myself many times.

Yet, as AEI’s Mark Perry points out, there is no widespread recognition of “Equal Occupational Fatality Day” to highlight men’s overrepresentation in very dangerous fields (coal mining, line work, and law enforcement among them), which often pay more to compensate for risk. …

There is no big “Equal Commute Day,” to acknowledge the gender commute gap …

Male college graduates, on average, also entertain employment options further afield from their universities than do women, thereby opening up more and possibly higher-paying opportunities. They also work several hours more per week on average than women.

Maybe I’m just idealizing the past, but it seems like talking points used to go away when they were shown to be utterly without merit.  In today’s polarized society, the strategy seems more to keep pressing on because the risk of losing one’s base is so much more substantial than the risk of never being able to persuade after a loss of credibility.

  • Mike678

    These people KNOW they are incorrect, but it’s not about truth–it’s about power. Look up the term “Post-Truth.”

  • Rhett Hardwick

    “Maybe I’m just idealizing the past, but it seems like talking points used to go away when they were shown to be utterly without merit. ”

    Justin, not sure what past you are talking about. Consider our “Civil War” (a “fake” name if ever there were one). When the North found itself losing and interest flagging, the “War to preserve the Union” was converted to the “War to end slavery”. Since the “War to preserve the union” was a war of invasion and conquest, I would have to regard that as a “talking point”. There are probably better examples, but that comes to mind. I don’t mean to suggest that I am unhappy with the result.

    • Northern Exposure

      In Woonsocket, the monument to the Civil War refers to it as “The Great Rebellion”

      • Rhett Hardwick

        Even that seems like a misnomer. The South seceded, a perfectly legitimate action. They did fire on Ft. Sumter, which was then located in another country (think Guantanamo) . The real fighting didn’t start until the North invaded the South (Manassas/Bull Run occurred in Virginia). So, where was the “rebellion”? A “talking point” perhaps. I have noted that the “War to end Slavery” does not seem to appear on memorials erected before 1930. I have wondered if that became a forgotten “talking point”. I favor neither rebellion, nor slavery, but do wonder about the “talking points” which surrounded what must certainly be America’s greatest political failure.

  • BasicCaruso

    “…but it seems like talking points used to go away when they were shown to be utterly without merit.”

    Lol, we’ll keep that in mind next time we read climate change denial nonsense over here.

    • Mike678

      Ah, the post truther himself…..

    • Rhett Hardwick

      “Talking points” which go away? “Global warming” has morphed into “Climate change” and is now working it’s way towards “Climate restoration”.

      • Mike678

        Don’t forget “settled science.” You can’t make this stuff up….