I’m a software developer. Among software developers we have some superstar programmers, and one of these is Jon Skeet. Jon has the highest reputation on one of the most influential programming Q & A sites on the net, Stack Overflow, and he has frequently been compared to Chuck Norris in terms of his prowess as a programmer. Jon’s profile page on StackOverflow: Jon Skeet.
I am happy to say that Jon has finally decided to blog about things other than programming! He has today posted his second entry on his personal blog, and he picked the title Feminism and Me. Go check it out: John Skeet’s Blog: Feminism and Me. I congratulate Jon for his concern for women’s rights, but I don’t think he’s looked at things from all sides. In a comment, I referred him to an alternative view as expressed by Karen Straughn, a men’s rights advocate: Me, a Feminist? No way.
I will briefly address one of Jon’s concerns: pay equality.
When it comes to equal pay for equal work, in the USA at least it is illegal to pay women differently just because they are women. But because women are more likely than a man to stop working in order to raise a family, when they finally return to the workforce they are now working with men (and women!) who never left. They thus lose out on seniority, and especially in technical occupations (such as computer programming), they have missed out on huge advances and changes in the field. They thus come back into the workforce having to play enormous amounts of catch-up, and it makes no sense for an employer to pay them the same as if they had never left the field. This is what actually what causes the so-called “gender pay gap. Is a woman who stays in her career going to make the same amount of money as a man in the same position in the same company? Most certainly.
If you know of a situation where a woman is making less than a man who has the same seniority and qualifications, then you know about a situation where the law is being broken. All you have to do is go find a lawyer who specializes in work-related issues, and sue the company involved. Or even contact the government and get them to arrest the nasty perps.
Milo Yiannopolis raises an interesting point when he says that if women were costing their employer’s less money for the same work, why wouldn’t an employer hire ONLY women, just as a cost-cutting measure? I tried to find the video where he actually says this, but couldn’t locate it. As a substitute, I thought I would post his very funny video advocating that men be paid more for the same work. I don’t know if this is supposed to be serious, or he’s being a comedian. I’m leaning to the latter. Oh, and by the way, he is gay, and is parodying his own stereotype in the video, not mocking gays: