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The Paycheck Fairness Act is set for vote today in the Senate. The Act addresses the 77 cent wage gap myth by making it easier for female employees to bring complaint against their employers. The craziest part of the proposed legislation is this:
An entity that receives a grant under this subsection shall use the funds made available through the grant to carry out an effective negotiation skills training program that empowers girls and women. The training provided through the program shall help girls and women strengthen their negotiation skills to allow the girls and women to obtain higher salaries and rates of compensation that are equal to those paid to similarly-situated male employees.
Picture Matthew Lesko running around selling information on how to get government money to teach “Negotiation Skills to Girls”. Also, schools will send their female students on field trips or they’ll set up classes which will, among other things, gin up the feminist animosities of these students at a young age.
The negotiation clause of this proposal is radically feminist in the same way that Title IX is radically feminist and different than the other platitudes about Equal Pay for Equal Work. Those were the goals of feminism; now we’re seeing the tactics. The interesting thing about this legislation is that its supporters are admitting that the pay gap isn’t due entirely to gender discrimination. At least on the surface level. They’re pushing the ball now and addressing the deeper roots of the “problem”. Now it’s also the differences in the inputs rather than just the discriminatory system. But where will these attempts to close the gap end? When the goal is as arbitrary as complete parity – a goal which ignores the different choices made by the two sexes which are dependent on their essentially different physiologies – it can’t stop just at negotiating skills. It will have to address birth and child-rearing and height differentials and the differences in voice pitch and dominance and the innate tendency for people to place more confidence in male leaders.
We see, yet again, that the women’s lobby is playing with 12
men people on the field. They’ll add more if they need to.