Is there any truth to the claim that ‘Women are paid 30% less than men"?
For those international readers who will read this and then Google the rate of income inequality in the United States, know that the article you’ll find tattooed all over the search results (somewhere around 70% of a male’s earnings – 30% less than men who do the same job) is highly flawed. There is a wage gap in the United States that’s worth fighting to fix (I’ll offer suggestions later), but it’s significantly less than 30% – somewhere around 7%, on average.
The massively-spread study went viral a few years ago because of how shocking the results were. People condensed their complicated findings into a tweet-length summary and concluded that women and men in the United States get paid around 30% different rates for equal work. This has since been cited on posters, protest shirts, billboards, advertisements and everything else lately because the current US President doesn’t have a good track record with women (which is a valid observation but not the point of this post). This improper summary has led to the urban legend that women are grossly underpaid for work in the US compared to male counterparts.
The study effectively added up the annual wage of every man in every job with every level of experience in the United States and divided it by the number of male workers to come up with an annual wage for the average American male. That average American male is faceless, nameless, ageless and simultaneously skilled & unskilled. He has a doctorate but he also dropped out of high school. He’s healthy and strong but also paralyzed in a wheelchair. He comes from a wealthy family but also had poor parents.
Then they did the same thing for women.
What they found was the average Jane’s hour of work was worth 30% less than the average Joe’s hour of work. You can see here that “American women make 30% less than men” is, on average and in absolute general terms, correct. But, it’s exceedingly misleading because it undermines a metric shit-ton of other employment data that’s easily accessible online.
It compares workers of different ages, experience levels, educations, skillsets, upbringings, ethnicities, aspirations and work-ethics so it’s impossible to dumb-down to a phrase as simple as “women make 30% less than men for the same work” because it doesn’t compare the same work at all.
What you can take from this study is that American men tend to work in fields that pay more than the fields women gravitate to. We’re still a pretty segregated society with regards to employment in certain areas like construction, military, sports and skilled, manual trades. While those areas are mostly operated by men, women can (usually to a lesser extent) have just as much of a stranglehold on industries like education (particularly young children, where most school districts wouldn’t even interview a male. Dude wants to teach 6 years olds? He must be a pedofile), marketing, advertising, human resources, corporate training and, increasingly, law, government, medicine and business.
What you cannot take away from this study is the idea that employers are so anti-woman that they’d rather pay a man 30% more than the market rate would require them to in order to get the same amount of work done. Think about it – would you pay a boy $10 to shovel your driveway if a girl would do the exact same job for $7? Of course not – you’d put that boy out of business for charging more than the job could be done for.
If women were 30% cheaper to employ than men, the United States would immediately have the highest level of male unemployment in the developed world.
What inequities do we still have that affect women? POC? There’s a growing trend in employment that dictates salaries at a certain job based on the salary you had at your previous job – example: you got $20,000/year at your last job to answer phones so you’ll get $23,000 at this new job even if it has nothing to do with answering phones; they’re adapting the job requirements to the lowest level of skill they can to curb their costs as much as possible. This means men, who may have had an easier time getting into a new field or a certain job because their previous job paid them more because of an unrelated skill, may end up starting a new job the same day as a woman and make more than her for the same amount of work. I suppose this could also go in reverse if a woman had additional experience than a man, but that doesn’t seem to be our present source of outrage so we’ll let that go. It is in this manner that men doing similar jobs than woman can, though usually don’t, make 5-10% more than their female counterparts. Luckily, businesses are moving away from this model because (a) it’s a piss-poor indicator of experience and (b) a lot of cities are making salary history requisitions illegal to curb this problem.
Our world isn’t perfect and there’s work yet to be done, but it’s important to know that this particular claim is erroneous and damaging. There’s a growing faction of people in the United States (and I’d imagine the world) who think that they can destroy inequality with a different flavor of inequality (example: many want paid-pregnancy leave but they’re not as concerned with giving the same right to men, who also may want to stay home with their kids after their wives give birth) and I fear that such an opinion is the beginning of the end of rational thought it our world. Our wage gap exists and it sits at around 7% – my solution would be to publish salaries (without names) for the public to see. Link it to a preferred gender and let your customers see that you value men and women equally. Those who won’t or can’t prove that will be left behind just as fast food places who would cut down on waste and offer healthier options were left behind years ago.
Sorry for the wall of text, but all the presidential commercials with 8 year old teary-eyed girls asking a candidate “when, oh when, will men not hate me and pay me what I’m worth” just aren’t helping anyone. We can’t fix the actual problem of 7% by foolishly waging a war on a 30% number that doesn’t exist and I thought this explanation may be helpful to some of our overseas readers.
Does the black community still overwhelmingly believe OJ Simpson is not a killer and was just the victim of racist police?
The Black Community is a diaspora of liberal and conservative viewpoints and experiences that can and never should be crystallized into a single hive mind.
I vividly remember watching the NBA Finals being interrupted by the low speed car chase of Simpson and Al Cowlings in that iconic white Bronco thinking, “Oh yeah. He did it. SMH”
The reason that a majority of Blacks supported and defended OJ Simpson was due to a variety of factors. First, the botched and incompetent forensics work done by the LAPD almost invalidated the seemingly air-tight case they had against Simpson. There was so much cross-contamination of DNA evidence, such a lazy and lackadaisical job of gathering information and corroborating evidence, that they almost seemed hell-bent on blowing their own case. Also, the introduction of a detective in Mark Furman hurt them immeasurably; A cop who was first on the scene, who used the N-word as frequently as the word “the” was exploited as a brilliant stroke of genius by Simpson’s defense team to invoke the centuries of racial baggage of planted evidence by law enforcement to wrongly convict Black people for ages.
Although it may be viewed as a type of schadenfreude to the White community and law enforcement in general, many Black people looked to Simpson’s acquittal as a type of token and symbolic turning of the tables to thumb their collective noses at a system that never worked for us in the first place. We wanted White America to feel that same sense of despair, hopelessness, violation, and bewilderment that a scores of poor and middle class families have felt and still feel to this day, when a loved one gets caught up in the criminal “Just-Us” system. But the victory was hollow and ephemeral.
Decades later, you’d be hard-pressed to find Black people who maintain Simpson’s innocence or, at the very least, involvement in the heinous murder of his ex wife and her lover.
When Simpson was arrested and the proverbial book was thrown at him, most people understood that this was legal karmic vengeance for the murder conviction that he circumvented. Even then, Black people didn’t rally around Simpson, because we knew that he wasn’t worth the effort or political capital.
What happens when you get hit with a fatal dose of radiation
There’s the immediate damage like burn which physically damages your body. The body heals that just like a regular burn.
But the bigger problem of radiation is that it scrambles the DNA of your cells. This isn’t so big of a problem until your cells get old and try to divide and make their replacement, and it finds out that the code to do so is all messed up.
Your red blood cells only live ~4 months and they don’t care because they’re mindless automatons with no DNA to scramble. But the bone marrow where they get made go from scientists to igors cranking out poorly made franken-blood. And that’s real bad. So 2 months go by and half your blood is this new batch of not quite right cells. A percentage at least, it’s not like you completely stop making viable new blood. Your brain cells are in it for the long-haul though, so that’s more ok with radiation.
Skin cells live only 2-3 weeks. If the replacement cells are messed up, and every other cell is this mindless idiot that doesn’t know how to skin then the bodily janitors who have the job of killing off and hauling them away get overloaded. There’s too many corpses and the piles of them start rotting. That’s the black part.
Come on skin. I need you. Please don’t forget how to skin. You’re my biggest organ and you’re critical for hugs and keeping my insides in.
Related: The Radation Posioning of Alexander Litvinenko
What happened at Japan’s Unit 731?
I have to admit that whilst I was aware that the Nazi’s carried out horrendous medical experiments on POW’s, I was not aware that the Japanese had done the same. Some of the most gruesome atrocities of World War II – medical experiments on Chinese, Russian and American prisoners – were committed in China by Japan’s infamous Unit 731. Unit 731 was first founded in 1932 in occupied China by Shiro Ishi of the Imperial Army of Japan. The Unit 731 complex covered six square kilometers and consisted of more than 150 buildings and was based in the Pingfang district of the city of Harbin in the puppet state of Manchukuo.. The design of the facilities made them hard to destroy by bombing.
Ishii’s “Secret of Secrets” was kept from thousands of employees at Unit 731. Prisoners would pass through tunnel entrances to the “death blocks” of blocks seven and eight, never to return again. The only thing guaranteed when entering either of these blocks was death and pain. The reason Ishii chose the remote location of Manchuria was in order to test specifically on live human subjects. Ishii accumulated most of his subjects from a detention camp called Hogoin in Pingfan. Russians who would not cooperate and give any information after being house at Hogoin would be sent straight to Unit 731. Though, seventy percent of the humans used were Chinese. “Unsuspecting and innocent people were also tricked into the clutches of Unit 731. Some were lured by the prospect of employment. Young boys, mothers and children, even pregnant women, were trapped”. Throughout the existence of Unit 731 in Pingfan, three thousand people were sacrificed. ” The prison was a vision of hell. Through the syphole cut in the steel doors of each cell, the plight of the chained prisoners could be seen. Some had rotting limbs, bits of bone protruding through skin blackened by necrosis. Others were sweating in high fever, writhing in agony or moaning in pain. Those who suffered from respiratory infections coughed incessantly. Some were bloated, some emaciated, and others were blistered or had open wounds. Many of the cells were communal. An infected person would be put with healthy prisoners to see how easily diseases spread. In desperation prisoners would try to practice primitive preventive medicine to escape contagion”. Female prisoners were raped daily and was almost routine among the guards. The doctors used various methods of dispersing the diseases. They could be sprayed invisibly, in gas chambers, or in food, drink, chocolates, melons, or crackers.
Vivisection procedure while patient is alive, performed by Shiro Ishii himself
Prisoners of war were subjected to vivisection without anesthesia. Vivisections were performed on prisoners after infecting them with various diseases. Scientists performed invasive surgery on prisoners, removing organs to study the effects of disease on the human body. These were conducted while the patients were alive because it was feared that the decomposition process would affect the results. The infected and vivisected prisoners included men, women, children, and infants.
Prisoners had limbs amputated in order to study blood loss. Those limbs that were removed were sometimes re-attached to the opposite sides of the body. Some prisoners’ limbs were frozen and amputated, while others had limbs frozen then thawed to study the effects of the resultant untreated gangrene and rotting.
Some prisoners had their stomachs surgically removed and the esophagus reattached to the intestines. Parts of the brain, lungs, liver, etc. were removed from some prisoners.
Vivisections performed on pregnant women, often women who had been impregnated by the doctors themselves.
Prisoners were injected with inoculations of disease, disguised as vaccinations, to study their effects. To study the effects of untreatedvenereal diseases, male and female prisoners were deliberately infected, often by rape, with syphilis and gonorrhea, then studied.
Human targets were used to test grenades positioned at various distances and in different positions. Flame throwers were tested on humans. Humans were tied to stakes and used as targets to test germ-releasing bombs, chemical weapons, and explosive bombs.
In other tests, subjects were deprived of food and water to determine the length of time until death; placed into high-pressure chambers until death; experimented upon to determine the relationship between temperature, burns, and human survival; placed into centrifuges and spun until death; injected with animal blood; exposed to lethal doses of x-rays; subjected to various chemical weapons inside gas chambers; injected with sea water to determine if it could be a substitute for saline; and burned or prematurely buried alive.
Prisoners would be hung upside down to see exactly how long one dies before being choked to death.
Prisoners would be exposed to extremely high and low temperatures in order to develop frost bite. Doctors would study how long a human being could survive before rotting and gangrene set in on human flesh. Extreme high temperatures were used to determine the relationship between temperature and human survival.
Two prisoners were put on a diet of water and biscuits and then worked nonstop, circling the compound loaded with twenty-kilogram sandbags on their backs until they dropped dead. One lasted longer than the other — about two months. This was supposed to be research into malnutrition, like the Minnesota experiment — but, done the Japanese Army way, it was to the death.
Japanese scientists performed tests on prisoners with plague, cholera, smallpox, botulism, and other diseases. This research led to the development of the defoliation bacilli bomb and the flea bomb used to spread the bubonic plague. These bombs enabled Japanese soldiers to launch biological attacks, infecting agriculture, reservoirs, wells, and other areas with anthrax, plague-carrier fleas, typhoid, dysentery, cholera, and other deadly pathogens. During biological bomb experiments, scientists dressed in protective suits would examine the dying victims. Infected food supplies and clothing were dropped by airplane into areas of China not occupied by Japanese forces. In addition, poisoned food and candies were given out to unsuspecting victims, and the results examined.
Of all the thousands of POW’s taken to Unit 731, not a single prisoner survived. It is also a fact that Japan had plans to slaughter the entire prisoner population if and when we invaded their homeland.
Following imminent defeat in 1945, Ishii ordered every member of the group “to take the secret to the grave”, threatening to find them if they failed, and prohibiting any of them from going into public work back in Japan. Potassium cyanide vials were issued for use in the event that the remaining personnel were captured.
Skeleton crews of Ishii’s Japanese troops blew the compound up in the final days of the war to destroy evidence of their activities, but most were so well constructed that they survived somewhat intact.
US General MacArthur secretly granted immunity to the physicians of Unit 731, including their leader, in exchange for providing America with their research on biological warfare. The U.S. believed that the research data was valuable. and did not want other nations, particularly the Soviet Union, to acquire data on biological weapons.
Bodies of victims
Vivisection of a raped girl
A prisoner being buried alive