Monday, September 22, 2008

So it's not the wang, it's what you think. (About the wang.)

Study Ties Wage Disparities To Outlook on Gender Roles.

Iiinteresting. Read the article (in fact, read the study!) yourself.

Point #1: As I told my dude when he showed me this, I wonder if this has anything to do with after- or off-hours work. For example, my significant other spends a non-negligible quantity of time doing work stuff from home. I am also aware that other jobs heavily encourage (ahem) workers to stay after hours, without pay of course, to get shit done on time. I wonder if the men with "traditional" outlooks would feel more obligated or expected to do this sort of work, whereas less "traditional" men and especially "traditional" women feel that they are more expected to take care of householdly things during this time instead. I'm sure that kind of thing affects how "dedicated" you seem and how much you get paid.

Plus, "traditional" men are obviously more likely to have a wifey at home, wiping the dribble away from his bubbling lips and freeing him to concentrate on "more important things" than feeding himself and participating in fulfilling relationships and raising children. (/snark.)

Point #2: I'd like to note some of the angry-making commentary even in the article itself:
"When we think of the gender wage gap, most of our focus goes to the women side of things," said Beth A. Livingston, co-author of the study. "This article says a lot of the difference may be in men's salaries."
"It could be that traditional men are hypercompetitive salary negotiators -- the Donald Trump prototype, perhaps," Judge said. "It could be on the employer side that, subconsciously, the men who are egalitarian are seen as effete."
I just... I dunno, man. I think both of those are vast oversimplifications. (As any study results invariably are.)

Point #3: I'll let Ms. Livingston sum up this -very important- point for me:
"Regardless of the jobs people chose, or how long they worked at them, there was still a significant effect of gender role attitudes on income."
Discussion Point: My boyfriend tells me that he doesn't see why he should be aware of his privilege. Does this serve as a useful example of the effects of privilege? Discuss.

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