OPINION: The Gender Pay Gap And The Attack On The Family
If you are anything like myself and care little for the goings on in the overtly left-wing dominated media, then perhaps the story that Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood will be receiving pay equivalent to that of her male co-stars for the forthcoming season may have passed you by.
The move comes as part of a new HBO prerogative to push for equal pay within their own organisation, ultimately setting the precedent for the elitist and often patronising bubble – which is certainly not the microcosm analogous to wider society which it purports itself to be – but which is, unfortunately, our entertainment industry.
So, is it a good thing? Of course, if she has the negotiating leverage to demand such a thing then all the more power to her, well done to her. But to even suggest that it has wider implications in fields of work outside of entertainment would be to partake in a grand faux pas whose implications could be of serious detriment to wider society.
The problem with what we know as the ‘pay gap’ begins with the term itself. It is not a ‘pay gap’ per se; it is a term used, falsely, to describe a measured disparity in aggregated median incomes of both men and women from all professions. So it is measuring the average income of men, who of course engage in a wider variety of jobs to that of women, who’s labourly pursuits are similarly broad.
The fact that needs to be stated is that men and women are different. They choose different paths in life and have different priorities. It is nothing to do with institutional sexism – although there will be cases of that found in favour of both genders – for example, a study carried out by the Press Association established that women between ages 22 and 29 earn £1,111 more than men of the same age per annum.
The balance swings in favour of men after the age of 30, but why is this?
The answer is simple and it lies within our biological make-up, according to the Office for National Statistics, women tend to have children for the first time once they get to their late 20’s, meaning that they, in many cases, will work less, if at all, for the rest of their life. We should not measure the quality of life by income alone; we must never forget that it is better for a family to exist as a unit, better for the children as well as, due to decreased financial pressure, for the parents. The whole facade that is the ‘gender pay gap’ is just one more neo-Marxist attack on the nuclear family which has, thus far, served us so well.
It is just as satisfying, if not more, to birth and raise a child as it is to work all of your life and forge a career, it just so happens that more women are engaged in the former and men in the latter. Why? Biology.