They myth of the gender pay gap obscures a multitude of truths.
One such truth is that women under 35 are – believe it or not – paid more than men because they are the privileged beneficiaries of our education system.
Another reality is that men over 40 earn more than women only because they work more hours, for more years without taking a break.
It is also true that the alleged pay gap is, in fact, only an affliction confined to privileged women. Among the less well-off women are paid more than men.
And, again, if you count take home pay, rather than net pay, it is actually women who earn a tad more than men.
They myth of the gender pay gap hides all these truths and realities, but the dirtiest secret it is hiding is what is happening to men.
By the age of 30 men are earning twelve and a half thousand pounds less than their fathers, reflecting the success of the feminist effort to annihilate the male provider role.
This is partly because while women are moving into more skilled employment, the men whose fathers would have worked in manufacturing are moving into the lowest paid service occupations. It is also partly because for the past 20 years the number of hours that men work has been trending down. This is reflected in the increase in men’s part-time employment which has quadrupled while women are increasingly likely to work full-time. Men are less likely than women to want to be in part-time employment. Perhaps this is because they are paid 7 per cent less.
The collapse of male work is not entirely the fault of feminism. Globalisation created the competition in Asia and while Mrs Thatcher can be blamed for destroying the unions, they did not help themselves with their over-bloated demands.
However, feminism helped to legitimise each successive government’s desire to increase the number of employees because this reduces wages. They made it look as if it were about getting women on board. Where women competed for jobs with less educated men this drove their wages down. And as female employment increased, so did unemployment among men.
But the key issue in propelling the decrease in male earnings is male educational disadvantage. Even when men have so much to gain from higher education, they are much less likely than women to get further than school.
Here we can plainly see feminism’s hand. Research has shown a very strong correlation between the changing family structures ushered in by the 1960s ‘Liberation’ and declining rates of males attending college. Boys growing up in families without fathers and saw they were no longer needed. When feminists insisted that women should be independent, they destroyed men’s motivations which were not, as the feminists thought, to dominate, but to care for, look after and provide.
When they were no longer needed, men were liberated from relationships, education and employment and it turns out that this suits men surprisingly well. Men with lower levels of education are now much more likely to live with their parents than with partners and they are spending increasing amounts of time playing video games. In fact one third to one fifth of their decline in work hours has been attributed to them playing these games.
And without the stresses of relationships, or the pressures of providing or failing to do so, their happiness levels are increasing more than those of any other group. Feminist social engineering may be destroying society, but the young men are happy. The MGTOW have reasons to crow.
Women at the top will go on marrying and spending the money of the men who earn more than them but thanks to feminism the future for the rest of us looks increasingly bleak.
The rates of marriage of those with the lowest earnings decrease but they still have more children than nearly any other group. And if their fatherless offspring are boys they are significantly more likely to fare poorly on a whole range of outcomes, including attending college, rates of incarceration, employment or finishing school.
Feminists have succeeded in creating the two tier society which they railed against, but it is not and never has been women at the bottom. It is men.
With each new generation of boys growing up in single parent families, the vicious circle will spiral lower. Women will be trapped with the entire burden of supporting their children. As men increasingly check out, there won’t even be anyone to fund what is largely a women’s welfare state. The men will be happily playing their computer games in the disastrous world that the feminists have created.
The Women’s March people threaten us with a day without feminists. The real threat is that we will increasingly live in a world without men.
(Image: Guido van Nispen)