What is a good, short, SFW [safe for work] response to the 77% [pay gap] lie?
Other than “it’s not true if type of profession, years of experience, and overtime are factored in.”
PA is right to tacitly assert that an effective reframe to a ridiculous but widely-believed PC lie should be short and sweet and digestible. References to arid data or statistical qualifications won’t win over the common plebe or plebette.
One reason why anti-Cathedral dissidents rarely get traction in these sorts of arguments they should be winning handily is that they don’t know how to package their pushback in a way that makes it more receptive to the part of the listening audience who aren’t brain-dead true believers. What is true for seduction is true for persuasion. Terse charm >>> loquacious insistence.
So in that vein, some persuasive, office-friendly reframes to the 77% pay gap lie would be:
“You say that like it’s men’s fault.”
“And secretaries only make 10% of CEOs. We should narrow that gap too.”
“Motherhood really competes with work.”
“Handouts would fix the problem.”
I welcome the readers to add their own pay gap myth reframes.
PS On a related subject, change is a-blowin’ in the wind, my friends. It’s small change, but something is definitely happening. I’ve noticed of late a certain reticence by the boyfriends of SWPL girls to robotically agree with their girlfriends’ feminist boilerplate. Instead of the usual head nodding and “yes, yes”s whenever their girls babble feminist cant, these once-sackless wonders have begun to look off into the distance impatiently, and their blank expressions betray conversation thread-killing neutrality. It’s not the CH-style shiv, but it’s better than total supplication.
I’d like to think that the Chateau message is finally influencing the zeitgeist; if so, we may be cresting the horizon to revolution, and moving into a brighter, sunnier, more unapologetically erect day.