Apr. 9th, 2012

nomoreuturns: All for want of a pretty flower. (Bandaid)
Apparently it's OK to repeal equal pay because money is "more important" to men.

“You could argue that money is more important for men [...] I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”
State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-WI)

This is the very definition of bias, you TWIT. A man expects to be the breadwinner, because he is a man, and so he is given special treatment to that effect by a male-dominated legislature. You, Glenn Grothman, are a complete and utter DULLARD.

What about all the women who are breadwinners for their families? What about those women who put in the hard yards because they are the ones who have to support their families, either because they're a single parent or because their male partner cannot or does not work or because they need two workers to support their family? What about families with two mommies?

I'm the proud daughter of a single mum. I've watched her work incredibly hard over the years to support the both of us, and I am acutely aware of the injustice of different pay scales for men and women. Although Australia has had legislation regarding equal pay for equal work since the 1960s, there is still a huge gap between men and women's salaries. It's a form of casual, state-sanctioned sexism, and it is appalling.

The War on Women isn't hyperbole. It's real. It's happening. And the way things appear to be going? We're losing.

Edit: stele3@IJ raised an excellent point in the comments:

The thing that none of these male politicians (or the press) seem to realize is that they're also waging a war on men. By hobbling a woman's ability to find work and equal pay, by potentially allowing employers to fire women over contraceptives, by curtailing women's rights to make decisions about their reproduction and thus jeopardizing their careers with unwanted interruptions of pregnancy, they are FORCING men into the role of sole breadwinner, driving them out of the home, away from their children.

They are forcing men and women both into roles, and denying them a choice in the matter. It's abominable.


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