Last Friday, Mike Buchanan uploaded 2014/15 – the income tax gender gap increased AGAIN… to £75.5 BILLION and showed that for the year 2014/15, men as a UK demographic paid £75.5 billion more in income tax than women. He also pointed that 17.6 million men paid £121.0 billion, an average of £6,875 per person per annum, and 13.1 million women paid £45.5 billion, an average of £3,473 which is just over half (50.5 per cent) that paid by male taxpayers. While this fact is well known to us, it is little spoken of in the Mainstream Media, simply because it doesn’t fit the narrative.
We always hear feminists, lefties and anyone whose grasp of economics is limited to £5 of pocket money a week, harping on about this misogynistic pay gap, claiming “women can expect to earn significantly less than men over their entire careers as a result of differences in caring responsibilities, clustering in low skilled and low paid work, the qualifications and skills women acquire, and outright discrimination”. But, they never seem to mention that if women started to earn as much as men, then they would start paying as much tax as men. Hey, I wonder, can we make an Equal Tax Day, to run opposing their Equal Pay Day!?
It’s really simple why women earn less per annum than men (and thus, why men pay more income tax); it’s because men work more. Yes, truly shocking! Those who work more, earn more! Don’t tell the feminists, I fear the shock of the epiphany might just kill them! Let’s analyse the data a little more:
Hours Worked and Workers Working Them
Data ran for ages 16+. Data ran for period of Nov – Jan (2016/17).
Men 623.2million (Hours); 16.9million (Workers); 36.9 (Hours a week)
Women 405.8million (Hours); 14.9million (Workers); 27.2 (Hours a week)
(The source for hours worked came from here and the source for number of workers is here. My numbers for total workers are different from Mike’s as his data is done per annum whereas the data I have used is by quarter and I have used data from Nov – Jan 16/17 and his uses all year of 2014/15.)
While there are slightly more men at work than women, the real difference is in hours per week, with men working 1.4 times as many hours – women work 73.7 per cent the number of hours that men do. Also, the Women in the Labour Market 2013 Report shows that 42 per cent of female workers work part time compared to a mere 12 per cent of male workers. If feminists really want women to earn as much as men they need to expect women to work as much as men.
But, there’s a reason so many women are opting for part-time work. It’s not because of patriarchy; it’s not systemic oppression. No, it’s because part-time work is more flexible, allows women to maintain a more equal work-life and home-life balance and, most of all, it’s what women want.
A few days ago, I wrote saying that belief in the pay gap (and patriarchy) requires an external locus of control. To couple with that, I would like to add that understanding the earnings gap requires an internal locus of control. I understand that women work less hours not because of sex-based subjugation but because that is what they choose.
As Geoff Dench comments, drawing upon data from the annual survey of British Social Attitudes, “there is a strong and reviving recognition of the value and appeal of the housewife role; and mothers who are able to spend at least part of their day looking after the home and children are more content with their lives than those who work fulltime … private realm concerns are in fact much more powerful among contemporary women than policymakers and their key advisers appear to understand”. Women, as adults, are more than willing to work but, will do limited hours so that they can spend more time at home with their family. Who would have known that, aside from all of humanity for hundreds of years!?
Feminism claims it is about giving women choice yet, it wants women to make the right choice. Feminism is always banging on about more women in the workplace, more women on corporate boards, but its cheerleaders ignore the impact this is happening. Dubbed The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness, women’s happiness levels over the past four decades have decreased both absolutely and relatively to men’s. In fact, men’s happiness levels have gone up. It seems the feminist campaign is having a negative effect.
Men earn more and thus pay more tax because they spend more time at work. Women earn less and thus pay less tax because they spend more time with the family. The past half century of feminist influence combatting this has had little effect. Men still spend more time at work and women still spend more time at home. The only real impact is that women are now more miserable. Well done feminism, good job on representing women. Now, let us social conservatives clean up this mess you have left us.
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