There’s been a lot of squabbling about the wage gap myth (see Jennifer Lawrence Angers Feminists on ‘Equal Pay’: ‘I Blame Myself…’ and Ronda Rousey DESTROYS Feminist Reporter on ‘Equal Pay’ Myth…). In case you’re wondering, it’s still not true. But it’s back in the news because a bunch of wankers from the BBC all took a pay cut in the name of gender inequality. Financial castration. But that’s England. In America, we like dolla’ dolla’ bills too much. At least, according to this poll:
YouGov asks Americans whether or not they would be willing to take a paycut in the name of fairness and the leading response, though just by five points, is no, they wouldn’t (38%). A third of Americans (33%) say they would be willing to take a paycut if it meant leveling the playing field for gender equality. And many (29%) are uncertain what they would do if placed in that situation.
Another way of reading this is: 67% would not take a pay cut. And the other 29% didn’t want the pollster to call them sexist. Or salary-shame them.
The leading political parties report different opinions on the issue. If they discovered there was a salary imbalance despite identical skills and experience, four in ten Democrats (40%) say they would take a salary cut, as opposed to a quarter of Republicans (25%). Nearly half of Republicans (49%) say they would not take a paycut.
Shockingly not shocking, millennials are the one group that would take a pay cut. When mommy pays your rent and bills until you’re 26, it’s easy to see why. But the age groups that have to support themselves and their families think you can shine that pay cut, turn it side ways, and shove it up the poopshoot. Do not want.
Feminist wildebeests will interpret this study as rampant sexism in America. Because men don’t want to personally give a chunk of their hard-earned income to them for SJW points.
Here’s the thing, if I negotiate my only salary and bust my ass, the only pay I care about is my own. I’m not going to take less of it just because some broad read a few dishonest memes on Facebook.