My LinkedIn post yesterday, “NY Times: Are Men and Women Equal or Not?,” began
NY Times: Are Men and Women Equal or Not?
Consider these two NY Times headlines, both credited to “The Editorial Board.”Â The firstÂ was yesterday’s:
Will Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Finally Reform Men?
Women Still Earn a Lot Less Than Men
The second concerns pay and says
progress in closing the gender pay gap has basically stalled over the past decade. The longer the gap persists, the less it can be explained away by factors other than discrimination.
It implies that men and women are similar enough at the workplace that there should be no gap.
Does anyone believe men and women behave differently?
Apparently, the New York Times Editorial Board does. Look at the first editorial, on harassment. While it pays lip service to gender neutral causes,
ITâ€™S ABOUT POWER AND MONEYÂ Sexual-harassment culture is tied directly to the economics of the workplace
and that perpetrators are not only men,
Americaâ€™s endemic culture of sexual harassment, which is overwhelmingly, though not exclusively, committed by men against women
it otherwise treats it as a gendered issueâ€”that men and women behave differently. For example, males at every age but not females, must be fixed and punished:
Boys must be raised to understand why that behavior is wrong, teenagers need to be reminded of it and grown men need to pay for it until they get the message.
Why say “grown men need to pay,” as opposed to, say, gender-neutral criminals, unless you believe men are guilty just for being men?
If men and women behave differently, is the only difference that men harass? Are we functionally alike except men are sometimes scum?
Read the rest at NY Times: Are Men and Women Equal or Not?.
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