Identity politics can be misleading

Identity politics can be misleading

“A woman earns 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.”Wait, are you serious? That’s awful! That’s unacceptable!”

These would all be appropriate responses if the previous statement were true. Thankfully, it is not.

I’m sure we have all heard of a wage disparity in the labor market between men and women.

According to your social justice advocates, there is an epidemic of gender persecution in the United States, and the wage gap is an extension of America’s tyrannical patriarchy into the workplace.

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Fortunately, the wage gap is a work of fiction. Once again, society has fallen for another duplicitous fabrication of the political left.

The statistical discrepancy appears when the average annual earnings of men are compared to the average annual earnings of women. Collectively, men earn 23 percent more than women during any given year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

That figure is extremely misleading. It does not take into account the host of variables that produce such a discrepancy. The reality is that men and women who work under the same job requirements with similar experience and educational backgrounds earn identical salaries.

Women bear children which requires extended absences from the workplace. More often than men, women assume the domestic responsibilities of child care.

Due to these dynamics, many women seek part-time employment which pays less than full-time. It turns out that single women who have never mothered a child commonly outperform their male counterparts in job markets.

In addition, men predominate higher-paying professions while some of the lowest-paying industries are comprised of women. Men are more likely than women to ask for raises, aggressively seek promotions, relocate for better jobs and work longer hours.

Women clearly have the opportunity to succeed, as over 60 percent of bachelor degrees are awarded to women today. The discrepancy is a direct result of choices, not discrimination.

The wage gap is illogical at its most fundamental level. If women actually made 23 cents less than men, every employer would hire only women and save nearly 25 percent on labor costs. Any business owner would be foolish to hire a man.

If employers discriminated against women to such a massive extent, a political uprising would be more appropriate than the mild, phony opposition we see from Democrats. And guess what? Sex-based wage discrimination is illegal — enforced by laws accompanying severe penalties.

So why is the wage gap myth so persistent? It is because the left prioritizes narrative over truth.

Progressives vindicate intentional distortions of reality with their trademark moral relativism — the ends always justify the means.

The wage gap is another variable in the left’s victimization equation. Identity politics, forged in the deep recesses of academia, has become the most effective weapon in the progressive arsenal.

Powerbrokers of the modern left consolidate power by concocting victim complexes among historically oppressed sects of the population.

We see this play out with women, racial minorities, poor people, etc. By reinforcing the idea that society at large — by that I mean straight, white males — preys upon these groups, the left fosters a culture of dependency and then plays the role of benevolent savior.

Identity politics, of course, is a distraction. In striking abandonment of classic liberalism, modern leftists have no interest in cultivating equitable debate.

They instinctively run from substance. Identity politics provides the opportunity to delegitimize those not in line with the progressive agenda. Why confront opposition when you can discredit opponents?

A statistical disparity between male and female salaries would be very useful in extorting support under the identity politics scam. Who cares if it actually exists? Let’s create one!

Those leading the progressive movement know the wage gap is fiction, but the myth will survive because of anti-intellectual modern feminists and leftist militants.

President Obama will repeat it. Hillary Clinton will repeat it. The Women’s, Genwill repeat it.

The left will do what it always does — peddle falsity from its fortress of identity politics.

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    TONY STARKApr 5, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Oh no!?!! A different opinion than the one that the biased wake forest professors teach!??!?? Please God someone help me!! I’m being triggered!! I told everyone at my job to give me a safe space and they’re not doing it, I’m calling the police now. In fact I’m gonna call the police on Caleb Rash for Triggering me to the point of soiling myself in diarrhea form! I also go by the pronoun ‘Zir’ and believe that the thing formerly known as an infant is just a sack of cells!? Also as a minority in this country I am oppressed to the point where when I break the law, police officers have the audacity to call me out on it and try to do something about it (Major Trigger for me). Also I wonder if The writer knows what women go through on a daily basis, like they have periods every day of the month except on Fridays and Tuesday’s on every month that starts with the letter K. My mom or dad aren’t picking up so this might be the last time you people (or whatever you identify as) hear from me because I’m getting triggered to the point of cramping and seizures! I need help please! My address is 1234 Idiot Lane, RetardeVille. Zip 54321, in the community of PansieCreek and my neighbors name is Caitlyn Jenner! If someone named Zoey Tur Approaches you, you have gone too far! Thank you so much! ❤️

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      Hue JanusApr 5, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      I am so sorry this article offended you. Please forgive the author, for he clearly does not care about others.

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        TONY STARKApr 5, 2016 at 4:24 pm

        Thank you so much….. But this reply just triggered me again, yikes! 🙁 It’s ok though! I’m only being triggered to the point of dry heaving, which means almost vomiting!???

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          Hue JanusApr 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm

          I am so sorry. Please forgive me ironman.

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            TONY STARKApr 6, 2016 at 11:11 am

            I’m thinking about changing my name to IronZir to make it more inclusive because everytime I hear my own name I shed approximately 6.89 tears!? So actually your reply triggered me again!:(

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    Alex FrebergApr 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I found the article quite intriguing. Whether I personally agree with it or not, the article brings up good thoughts that most people do not take into consideration. I see things all over Facebook about this subject, yet it’s all the same political jargon that they are trying to push onto us. I also LOVE the comments about how “ignorant” and incompetent you are. They obviously are very accepting of other people’s views. One person says contrary to what they are being blasted with in the news and there is an uproar. Most of the time that means you are onto something good that the people don’t want to believe.

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    Hue JanusApr 5, 2016 at 11:19 am

    You sir, are a disgrace to men everywhere. Its men like you that are killing this country. Let me guess, you support HB2. You must be a white male.

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      Alex FrebergApr 5, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      I would like to take a minute to inquire about your position on the matter. Simply race shaming him for being white and being a “disgrace”, you must have very unique perspective that the rest of us do not share. From what I gather from your baseless and tactless response, I would imagine you have some other information opposing this article. The author of this article cited facts and I would love to see yours, but I imagine you have none. Now I may be off base, but I have a feeling I am right.

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        Hue JanusApr 5, 2016 at 3:34 pm

        Oh look, another white man giving his opinion on something he knows nothing about. The author does not cite facts, he cites fallacy. If you truly want to read and learn something of value, I suggest you read Natalie Wilson’s article.

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    TimRunnerMar 23, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I love your use of “anti-intellectual” especially given the fact you never cited a single piece of evidence, called on tired tropes about liberalism/the left, and derailed your own message midway through. Is this article about wage inequities between men and women or about dogmatism in the American left? Stick to one message, cite evidence that supports that message, avoid ad-hominem attacks, and say something that hasn’t been said before. Oh and take a journalism 101 class.

    It’s okay to make claims for and against identity politics; there is a way to powerfully hold that position, and there is merit in encouraging heartfelt and thoughtful academic debate. You have done neither with this piece (or the last few for that matter). Please revisit the basic structure of your rhetoric.

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    Disappointed.Mar 23, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    This is one of the most low-caliber, poorly thought out, ignorant articles I have read in a while. If this is what your Wake Forest education is teaching you, I am genuinely scared for the future of America.

    Regardless if the gap is five cents or 50 cents, inherent social conditioning plays a large role in why women may select certain jobs, not ask for a raise, or be relied upon to care for a family—which is the direct result of a past when men were the family breadwinners.

    “Women historically don’t work the same jobs or hours due to family responsibilities, and they have been culturally conditioned away from jobs with risk or that require STEM education,” a Wall Street Journal reader wrote. “The choice of a college major and profession is ‘free’ for women if we reject social construction. You cannot factor out proxies for gender discrimination, as the authors do, when these ‘variables’ contextualize every dollar people make. The gender pay gap is a direct result of gender discrimination.”
    (letter to the editor

    I need you to provide sources for when you say both genders earn the same pay in the same position. Also, just watch this video.

    And please never write an OGB article again. This is embarrassing.