Thank God For The Wage Gap Because Without It Women Would Never Find A Husband

feminism1Last week, Republicans in the Senate unanimously blocked a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. Any person with a brain finds it hard to concept why a woman wouldn’t earn equal pay for equal work, but here we are in 2014 and women are still getting 77 cents to a man’s dollar. Many conservatives argue this factoid, but studies show that although women are the breadwinners in four out of 10 families and earn more college degrees than men, when looking at the wages of full time workers they still make less than their male counterparts.

Enter Phyllis Schlafly, founder of “pro-family” organization Eagle Forum – to tell us all why it is imperative that women continue to be paid less for their work; they won’t be able to find a husband if they get equal pay. Makes sense, right? Of course it doesn’t, but I guess we don’t really look to the religious right for a whole lot of logic, now do we? I use them purely for entertainment – which is why I am passing this story on to you.

President Barack Obama and his feminist friends have been trotting out their tiresome slogan that women are paid only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. Every reputable scholar who has commented has proved that this is a notorious falsehood that anyone should be embarrassed to use.

I’m one of Obama’s feminist friends – hence why I used it.

While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap.

Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate.

Yes, simple arithmetic proves that women would completely change their requirements for a mate if they made more money. Wait, what?

The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.

It makes a whole lot of sense to shift the conversation about what women are paid, to what the men in their lives are paid. Need I point out the obvious that there are plenty of women who have no men in their lives? How about the fact that dual income families account for 42% of households? But women should not worry about what they are paid, they should instead concentrate on making the pay gap even wider so their men are paid more to make up for what they aren’t earning because of the pay gap. Are you confused yet? You should be – because this woman makes no sense.

Equal pay for equal work – it’s not rocket science people. The only question is, why did every, single Republican vote against it?


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  • Kendra

    Yeah, this is a reality, unfortunately. The only reason my husband loves me is because I make less than him. If I ever make more, the love will diminish immediately and I’ll just be a lonely old cat lady.

    • Kay_Sue

      Cats are easier than husbands anyway, right?

    • Robotic Socks

      Damn pussies!

    • Kay_Sue

      They are fun to pet.

    • Rachel Sea

      Hence lesbians.

    • Kay_Sue

      Now, are you going to come and clean up this mess? Because I just spewed soda everywhere reading that! ;)

    • Rachel Sea

      I regret nothing.

    • Robotic Socks

      What does that have to do with adorable cats?

    • SarahJesness

      But you’ll be a RICH lonely old cat lady! Like, you’d be able to buy tigers and shit.

  • CMJ

    I prefer to make my own fucking money and not be dependent on a man. And guess what? I have a husband.

    This bitch is actually arguing for a pay gap? Yep, no war on women….nothing to see here.

    • Aimee Ogden

      all I can say is …

    • Andrea

      *tries not to rage*

      *starts raging*

      *rages a lot*

  • Aimee Ogden

    Ummm Maria, don’t be ridiculous, we don’t want to fix the pay gap for single women or bisexuals/lesbians in a relationship with another woman, because then what would their incentive be to settle down in a nice opposite-marriage as the lawd intended?!

    P.S. On a serious note, I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring up the intersectionality of the wage gap issue, which disproportionately affects POC:

  • ted3553

    Well, I do remember that in my last performance review/merit increase discussion with my boss, I told him that I didn’t need a raise because I’d like to keep my husband making more money than me as it helps to define our marriage.

  • lizinthelibrary

    My mother out-earned my father my entire life. And my dad did all the cooking. No one at their conservative church cared (or knew since we didn’t talk about money outside of the house, but it wouldn’t have been hard to guess).
    You’ll be happy to know that as God intended my husband makes more money than I do. Of course we go to a far less conservative church than my parents and cheerfully have gay friends, single mom friends, atheist/Jewish friends etc. So we’re probably still heathens.

  • Mystik Spiral

    Phyllis Schlafly is a fundamentalist whack job. If you want some lols and/or to lose your faith in humanity, visit her son Andy’s “project”:

  • ChopChick

    I always wonder how much asshats like this make per year…

  • MegzWray

    I think besides her laughable views on marriage (in)equality, is that she equates the gap as it relates to incomes for the husband and wife, not the incomes of a male and female doing the same job. A woman can be paid the same as a male counter-part and still make less than her husband because he works in a different field. She’s arguing the wrong thing (silly lawyer).

    Me thinks she needs to retire her antiquated views on society since she’s about a hunnert years old.

  • TngldBlue

    I don’t think Phyllis here really understands what the wage gap means.

    • BigE

      She thinks that the wage gap is between the legs.

  • RayneofCastamere

    Does she ever think that the reason some women prefer a partner with a higher wage is to make up for the fact that they aren’t getting paid fairly? But that would require logic and logic requires education and education makes your uterus shrivel up and womens is useless without their babymakers, donchaknow?

    If I do the work, I should get paid the money. Simple as that.

    • ninjalulu

      I want to know, if a man is getting paid 33 cents more than me, why the hell doesnt the 33 cents i SHOULD be getting paid seem to show up in his paycheck? Its almost like (gasp!) the hella paid CEO/company presidents just have another way to skim a little more off the top.

    • Andrea

      Yeah!!! Like they are being greedy bastards or something!

  • Jane Doh

    Some problems with Ms Schlafly’s argument:
    1. It puts the onus on women to continue making their sexy tiny incomes to remain attractive to men. It doesn’t even imagine the possibility that men who wish to earn more than their partners could be motivated to pursue more lucrative work if women received fair pay. Rather than encourage men to do more to be attractive to women (if that’s what Ms Schlafly thinks turns most women on), we should continue to perpetuate an unfair system.

    2. It assumes women marry men who perform equal work. I’m not in the same industry as my husband. Neither are lots and lots of people. And many folks take places being the top earner in their houshold.

    3. It’s unrealistic considering college statistics, etc. Even if women don’t get the same pay for the same work, more of them are entering highly skilled professions. So there’s already a hot rich dude shortage.

    4. It assumes that all households are or should be motivated to be headed by men who are able to work. This leaves out female lgtbq, female head of households (that would include nt only divorced and single by choice women, but also those with disabled, sick, etc husbands).

    • cabinfever

      Sexy tiny incomes!!

    • Andrea

      Ha ha ha ha ha, the next time my husband complains about my long(ish) hours that don’t seem to pay much, I’ll just tell him my tiny income makes me SEXY!

      I am laughing because if I didn’t, I would become all rage-y

    • Guets

      I feel like my husband would think my income was sexier if it were larger :-(

  • Jane Doh

    Also, a big problem in general with conflating equal pay with the decline of marriage is that it assumes that if women could support themselves without a man, they wouldn’t get or stay married. It’s like saying “marriage sucks for women. The only way to keep them there is to keep them completely trapped by financial dependency. Or they will escape.”

    • Andrea

      Thing is, for a long time, that was true. The ONLY way women could leave their parents homes and not be living in just about abject poverty as domestics or some pink collar job was to get married.

      And the fact is, man have “escaped”. Escaped crappy ass marriages that is. Because now we can support ourselves so we won’t put up with shitty partners anymore like we did in the past.

    • Jane Doh

      I totally agree. The thing that irks me about the rationale to continue unequal pay is that it completely ignores this reality. In addition to implicitly painting marriage as something outside of a woman’s self interest absent financial dependence, while claiming the opposite.

    • Andrea


  • SunnyD847

    First she says the pay gap doesn’t exist, then she says that it does and that it is GOOD for us and in fact we should make it GREATER. This woman can’t even keep her story straight. Ridiculous.

  • Kay_Sue

    I am so glad these articles were not around before I got married. I was the higher wage earner at the time. We must be doomed.

    • Kay_Sue

      Now that I think about it though, my husband was suddenly more attractive after I started staying home. I am sure that it has nothing to do with having more energy and everything to do with him making the money…

  • Elisa Probert

    I just can’t, with the…just…WTF, lady?

    I make more than my husband. Not much, but a little. I’ve also been at my current job a LOT longer! Not to mention journalists (which he is) don’t make a lot in rural areas anyway. Or, at all, really, unless you’re a bigshot talking head on some TV news network.

    Nursing homes and hospitals, even rural, need cooks with experience and understanding of the various special diets they deal with. So it makes sense that, at least here, I get paid more for the same number of hours than he does.

    He gets to talk to lots of interesting people though, while I’m stuck in a kitchen.

  • Fireinthefudgehole

    Nope, she’s totally right. From now on dating websites should only show how much you make, and nothing more. Not even a picture of yourself. JUST DA MONEY.

    • jane

      And a dick pic, of course.

  • Ursi

    I’m beyond offended by this.
    I earn nearly twice as much as my spouse does and we are not by any means well off. Does she think a woman who can take care of herself even cares how much money a man makes as long as he knows how to manage it? I sure didn’t. It is a great source of pride to me to be able to support our family. If a guy had had a problem with that I would have cheerfully shown him the door. A combined income is one of the great benefits of marriage. Who makes more shouldn’t be an issue.

  • SarahJesness

    Eh, there aren’t enough rich hot guys for me to risk intentionally taking a low-paying job.

  • K.

    Yeah, and rape wouldn’t be an issue if women just consented more often.

  • keelhaulrose

    I’m pretty sure all we care about is how much money is coming in, not who’s earning it.
    And, of course, how much is coming in is always “I’d like to have more”.

  • LiteBrite

    I just posted this in the article about the idiots and the fake kidnapping, but hell, it applies here too.

  • G.S.

    But . . . but if men are paid even MORE then my Dowry won’t look as good! D: It’s already looking kind of pitiful, you guys, I’m kinda scared. :’( All that finishing school for NOTHING!!

    • Andrea

      Yeah you are kinda screwed. Better start saving up for that second cow or a couple more sheep.

    • G.S.

      My future owner husband will be considered lucky if he can get two plump chickens out of me!

      And I have a lying eye and a history of mental illness in my family. I might as well face it, I’m gonna die alone on the mountain. :’(

  • AP

    But if women are paid more, then they will be free to marry whomever they love, without worrying if he’s going to be a good enough meal ticket.

  • meteor_echo

    It’s as if this old prehistoric cooter is trying to make a point for Creationists by actually being a proof of dinosaur living side to side with man.
    STFU, Phyllis Housefly. You actually made a nifty fucking career by blaring your shit from the screen – and it was so damn successful that you were parodied by Margaret Atwood. STFU.

  • Beth

    Maria, I share your outrage over people like this, and ideas like this. Equal pay for equal work is the only way things should be. However, I take issue with you considering “the religious” to be lacking in logic, and a good source of entertainment. Many religious people are also practical people who are working towards the same better world as you are. Religious people who are against equal pay for equal work aren’t that way because they are religious, they are that way because they are assholes.

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