Just in case your Friday was feeling a bit short on mansplaining...

(16 Posts)
PuntasticUsername Fri 24-Jul-15 12:42:58

...here is a man to tell us how no businesses in the UK ever discriminate against women in any way, and that differences in men's and women's career paths and earnings are all down to "biology, life choices, abilities and preferences".

philosophicalmuser.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/the-truth-about-gender-pay-differences.html

So, that's alright then hmm

InnocentWhenYouDream Fri 24-Jul-15 12:54:42

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FayKorgasm Fri 24-Jul-15 16:02:41

Oh well,every village needs an idiot I suppose.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 24-Jul-15 16:13:32

And those 'life choices, (perceived) abilities and preferences' are a product of...??

TBF, it's not necessarily the employers who are at fault for many of the discrepancies - it starts way earlier.

PuntasticUsername Fri 24-Jul-15 19:15:59

It's one of those "I don't even know where to start" things, isn't it? Some very patient people on Facebook are trying to educate him, but I don't hold out a lot of hope. Many of his other blog posts are in the same vein.

SweetAndFullOfGrace Fri 24-Jul-15 20:01:46

I lose interest in things like that when they come inevitably to the point where they describe "motherhood" instead of "parenting" as if it's impossible to raise a child if you are male.

EBearhug Fri 24-Jul-15 20:50:51

Plus it also misses out that childless women aren't immune from the pay gap, either.

PuntasticUsername Fri 24-Jul-15 22:37:39

Oh really? I'd never thought of that. I guess I'd lazily assumed there was something going on with averaging, I guess!

Do we know why that is?

whemovedmypopcorn Sat 25-Jul-15 07:44:15

Plus it also misses out that childless women aren't immune from the pay gap, either.

Yes, and the assumption that they don't need to be hired or promoted as they're just going to go off and get pregnant, aren't they?

nooka Sat 25-Jul-15 08:01:02

This guy is working on the bizarre premise that businesses (mad eup of individuals) make decisions based on logic, and that there are no foolish business people. We all know that discrimination happens, there are frequent tribunals about it, as well as people defending their right not to employ from particular groups.

The it's all abilities and preferences is such a weak line. Women you are paid less/have less opportunities but that's OK, because it's all your own fault!

The quality of his 'Philosophical and Economic' analysis is quite puerile. Can't say I'd read his blog on anything if that's the general standard. Or bother talking to him on Facebook.

spatchcock Sun 26-Jul-15 20:05:35

Thank goodness someone has explained this phenomenon clearly, with the use of analogies I can understand.

Looks like he's a climate change denier, too. hmm

PuntasticUsername Sun 26-Jul-15 22:49:17

Colour me unsurprised. I think this might be my favourite one:

philosophicalmuser.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/on-addiction-philosophical-muser-vs.html?m=1

OMFG LOOK LOOK EVERYONE PETER HITCHENS SPOKE TO ME AND I'M EVEN DISAGREEING WITH HIM COS I'M SO DAMN COOL MAN.

Yeah, whatever Trevor.

PuntasticUsername Thu 30-Jul-15 13:09:13

Oh Christ, he's upped the ante after someone pointed out how dickish his last blog post was.

philosophicalmuser.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/career-maternity-when-irresistible.html

So, he still claims gender discrimination at work doesn't exist in the UK, but maternity discrimination does - however, that's totally fine, and it's completely different to gender discrimination anyway.

Seriously. I am not making this up. How does anyone manage to think this way?! I just don't understand.

amarmai Wed 05-Aug-15 23:31:49

men will never give up sexism IMO, as it rules out 50%of the competition. And let's not forget racism, which rules out the rest. Which leaves the field clear for the white males. .

TheDowagerCuntess Thu 06-Aug-15 09:33:32

I bet I know what his username is on MN, too. grin

Qthirties Wed 19-Aug-15 14:24:37

"Hourly earnings figures reveal that, in April 2014, women working for more than 30 hours a week were actually paid 1.1% more than men in the 22 to 29 age bracket and, for the first time were also paid more in the 30 to 39 age bracket. So women in full-time work aged between 22 and 39 are now, on average, earning 1.1% more than their male counterparts."

Absolutely hilarious, his argument is clearly very weak if he has to resort to making up statistics. Motherhood is a right. Having a well paid job is a right. You can't just say, "Well, sorry, you have to kind of choose between them because we're misogynistic idiots".

urgh

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