Quite why this is so can be argued. It could be the patriarchy, the oppressions of capitalism, the manner in which we simply don’t have enough female politicians to sort things out properly. It could also be that this is just the way things work in a species that evolved as hunter gatherers.

An often monogamous and usually sexually dimorphic animal, one with an exceptionally long period of childhood helplessness, has a division of labour in the raising of offspring? Get away, it’s obviously ridiculous that hunters might provide a little more, gatherers nurture. Occam’s shaving kit does however insist that if we have two explanations which both explain all of observed reality then we should prefer the simpler.

11 thoughts on “Elsewhere”

  1. OT: Spud’s accounts received by CH on 3 Jan with message will be processed with 5 days. Now posted. I’ve asked him what ITN paid him a grand for.

    A good year for Ritchie, we know he thinks a Prof is worth £70K (he implies he’s on 2/3rds) plus the £44,999 turnover at TRUK (that number smells). Nice work if you can bullshit it.

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    Keep banging away on the gender/parenting thing. We were catching up with Christmas University Challenge last night and one of the contestants was a former London mayor candidate who stood to endear the gender pay gap.

    Mrs BiND gets the argument and is getting fed up with me swearing at the TV every time this comes up.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Occam’s shaving kit

    Alas you have forgotten Occam’s Butterknife – a term coined by Steve Sailor a long time ago to explain how Leftists always come up with the more convoluted of explanations for any social phenomenon where Occam’s Razor would get you pilloried by people like Rusty.

    So this *looks* like simple motherhood but as that might be career ending in pretty much anyone else’s career, you would have to come up with some other explanation that blames Pale Males.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    I assume this article is prompted by Iceland’s idiotic move towards “Equal” pay laws and it will be interesting to see what sort of laws they are. Will they be toothless statements of intent like America’s? Or will they be worse.

    I am guessing worse. After all Iceland has a free-ish labour market so therefore it has equal pay. No need for any laws at all. So what I guess they want is some fat blonde lesbian wannabe Nazi, as, I would guess, I have just seen bring interviewed on CNN, making value judgments about what work employees do and standing over the management until they pay said workers what said lesbian thinks they are worth.

    Oh Joy. Such a wonderfully clever idea.

  5. As I understand it you need a certificate from a private sector organisation saying you are paying equally across genders. For the same job. Backed, amazingly, by the centre right. I assume they think that an org will arrive which will issue the certs on a reasonable basis.

  6. A very enjoyable and polished piece in The Times, Tim. I have forwarded a link to friends and contacts.

  7. So Much For Subtlety

    Tim Worstall – “I assume they think that an org will arrive which will issue the certs on a reasonable basis.”

    So people are being shaken down by said fat blonde lesbian wannabe Nazis but they are fine with it because the lesbians are not too expensive? Well we can hope so. But feeding twenty cats is not cheap.

  8. @Tim Worstall

    Re Times & other paywalled “elsewhere”

    Please do as Matt Ridley does. After one week, post entire article on you blog.


    Please copy & paste to pastebin and post link.

  9. Expecting no pay gap between the sexes presumes that there are no differences between men and women, when in fact there are significant differences, actually dichotomies, in terms of motivation. In order to attract a desirable mate, men must compete with other men for their rank in the male dominance hierarchy and this translates directly into men contesting each other for positions within organisations. There is no parallel for women. If you compare like-for-like jobs, the pay gap is actually in favour of women.

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