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Steven Perez

Steven Perez

Hopping Master of the White Rain. Rabbit of the Radical Mien. As old as my skin, and a little older than my teeth. #TeamEternalWinter GV: (830) 743-9770.
Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
assholeofday: Phyllis Schlafly, Asshole of the Day for April 16, 2014 by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat) In the last month or two equal pay laws and the gender pay gap have been in the news, and the excuses to do nothing about this have been all over the place. And not in a good way. So far we’ve seen: Bill O’Reilly said there was no point in... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
assholeofday:
 
Phyllis Schlafly, Asshole of the Day for April 16, 2014
 
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
 
In the last month or two equal pay laws and the gender pay gap have been in the news, and the excuses to do nothing about this have been all over the place. And not in a good way. So far we’ve seen:
 Bill O’Reilly said there was no point in even discussing it, even if it’s a real problem Rep. Andrea Kieffer said it made women look like whiners Red State Women’s Cari Christman said women are “too busy” to need equal pay laws Texas GOP Exec. Director Beth Cubriel says women just need to be better negotiators Sen. Lamar Alexander worried that equal pay laws might make men get paid less than women Neal Boortz says equal pay is just a scam pushed on “easily manipulated women” by Democrats 
But of course all those people are rookies compared to Phyllis Schlafly, who won’t be left out of the conversation. She’s been pushing for women to be second class citizens for 40 years! Her argument against equal pay laws? Women won’t find husbands if they’re paid equal to men:
  
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.
 
Obviously, I’m not saying women won’t date or marry a lower-earning men, only that they probably prefer not to. If a higher-earning man is not available, many women are more likely not to marry at all. […]
 
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.
  
If you boil down her argument, it’s
  
Some women prefer a man who makes more money than them
 
AND most men prefer to make more money than their wife 
 
THEREFORE it’s good for women that men are paid more.
  
But does this even make sense? No. Since not every woman will eventually get married to a man— because some won’t get married, and because others will marry women— that prior to getting married, it would be better for women not to be paid less than men as a rule, because they won’t know whether they will fall into the married to men, married to women, or not married later in life category. The women who don’t end up married to a man will be sacrificing fair wages but not getting the “benefit” of better paid husbands.
 
And even among the women who do get married to men, there’s two other problems that Ms. Schlafly isn’t addressing— divorce and death. What happens when this better paid husband is gone? Should the woman forgo fair earnings then too? With half of all marriages ending in divorce, why should women ever accept unfair wages just to prop up the wages of husbands who may not be there when they need them?
 
And let’s go back to her original statement as well— Ms. Schlafly says that not all women prefer a man who makes more, nor do all men prefer to make more. But those people should just suffer along with the single women and gay women and the divorcees and widows so that some women can get better paid husbands.
 
And, yes, she’s old, so it may be understandable that she still thinks these things. But this isn’t a case of your 90-year-old grandma with outdated views lovingly giving advice to her granddaughter. She is still in the public sphere trying to influence policy. And she’s wrong. And if her policies are followed it will continue to impoverish millions of women and their children. And for what?
 
So, for saying women should accept lower wages to prop up their prospects for a husband, Phyllis Schlafly is the Asshole of the Day.
 
It is Phyllis Schlafly’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
 
Full story: Think Progress
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Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands | ThinkProgress
"In an op-ed published by the Christian Post, Phyllis Schlafly — the founder of the Eagle Forum — maintained that increasing the pay gap will help women find suitable husbands: 'Another fact is the influence of hypergamy, which means that women typically choose a mate (husband or boyfriend) who earns more than she does. Men don’t have the same preference for a higher-earning mate. 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. Obviously, I’m not saying women won’t date or marry a lower-earning men, only that they probably prefer not to. If a higher-earning man is not available, many women are more likely not to... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
This literally made my head hurt - MoTO Moca Blend
Flabbergasted. - ronin
Tell that to my parents, Chris's parents, my aunt and uncle.... - Heather, 30k Camper
The world is filled with asshats. :^( - Friar Will
One the one hand they define marriage as between one man and one woman but then attach the caviet "As long as the bank balance is right" - Johnny from iPhone
If she is right, then the only logical solution is to not cut her pay, but allow her to have 2 husbands. ;-) - April Russo
the only logical solution for women payed more than men is to marry other women with a better income, oh NO WAIT - 無家可歸82 from FFHound(roid)!
I had a boss who was lovely, but she would insist that I must feel bad because Helen was earning more than me... I didn't, of course ;) - Pete
I feel really bad for women who make so much money the prospective husband pool is almost empty. - Eivind
^^Haha! That's EXACTLY the kind of woman I'm looking for, Eivind. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
My erstwhile spouse has a double Bachelor's degree, and a Master's Degree. She has been working for the same company for 16 years now. Her current income in 2014 dollars is one half of my income 16 years ago (in 1998 dollars.) I was in a riskier, more outwardly stressful career, but there's no way I was 2 or 3 times more valuable to my employer than she is to hers. The only upside is... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Reading this post is good for us Italians. It shows that we are not the only ones with nutcase politicians. - Alice Twain
Beyond words! - Son of Groucho
She kind of reminds me of Mary Poppins. Though I doubt she ever got as high as this dingbat - Mo Kargas
I think I might have sprained my ankle. You'd think an overweight 42 year old guy would know better than to play three games of volleyball back to back.
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Good morning, FriendFeed.
Reaching for the prize, as usual. :) - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
you can do it Mr.B!!! - VALZ SCARLETTS MAMA
Hey, Val. :-) - Steven Perez from Android
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Good morning, John. :-) - Steven Perez from Android
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My fitbit #Fitstats for 4/15/2014: 3,671 steps and 1.7 miles traveled. http://www.fitbit.com/user...
My fitbit #Fitstats for 4/15/2014: 3,671 steps and 1.7 miles traveled. http://www.fitbit.com/user/253ZNF
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Mossy Wall, Halstock Wood, England
 
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Cobblestone Street, Vienna, Austria
 
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Lightning Fireball, Chatsworth, Illinois
 
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Narrow Street, Ainsa, Spain
 
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Spring, Alsace, France
 
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The skeptics are wrong — the gender pay gap is very very real - Vox - http://www.vox.com/2014...
The skeptics are wrong — the gender pay gap is very very real - Vox
"The commonly cited statistic that American women suffer from a 23 percent wage gap through which they make just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns is much too simplistic. On the other hand, the frequently heard conservative counterargument that we should subject this raw wage gap to a massive list of statistical controls until it nearly vanishes is an enormous oversimplification in the opposite direction. After all, for many purposes gender is itself a standard demographic control to add to studies — and when you control for gender the wage gap disappears entirely! Of course that's completely trivial. The question to ask about the various statistical controls that can be applied to shrink the gender gap is what are they actually telling us. The answer, I think, is that it's telling how the wage gap works." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
bluepueblo: Cherry Blossoms, Bonn, Germany photo by adas - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Cherry Blossoms, Bonn, Germany
 
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ecowatchorg: How You Might Be Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy Without Realizing It http://ecowatch.com/2014... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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How You Might Be Investing in Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy Without Realizing It
 
http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/10/investing-monsantos-toxic-legacy/
ecowatchorg: IKEA Buys First Wind Farm, Its Largest-Ever Renewable Energy Investment http://ecowatch.com/2014... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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IKEA Buys First Wind Farm, Its Largest-Ever Renewable Energy Investment
 
http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/11/ikea-buys-first-wind-farm-its-largest-ever-renewable-energy-investment/
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Dandelion Meadow, England
 
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