So The Guardian is starting a series on idiocy:
Feminist economics: the obstacles US women face under capitalism
Guess what won’t be discussed. Sowell’s “Compared to what?”
An opening error from The G:
But should we be celebrating?
Lifetime healthcare costs are a third higher than for men,
OK, so wimmins’ are more complex, cost more to treat. OK. The connection of this with capitalism is what? I’ve yet to hear of how the form of economic organisation determines biology.
They can’t even read their own sources:
If time is money, then here, too, women are behind. Many readers won’t be surprised to learn that American women spend an average of two hours more a day than men on household labor and care work.
Erm, from their own source:
On the days they did household activities, women spent an average of 2.6 hours on these
activities, while men spent 2.0 hours.
On the days they worked, employed men worked 34 minutes more than employed women. This
difference partly reflects women’s greater likelihood of working part time. However, even among
full-time workers (those usually working 35 hours or more per week), men worked more per day
than women—8.2 hours, compared with 7.9 hours.
And a glorious point:
Gender disparities are often explained as matters of personal choice, “like women choosing to go into professions that happen to be paid less”, says Dr Kate Bahn, a feminist economist and the director of labor market policy at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.
In modern America, however, women have not necessarily chosen how value is apportioned in the economy. It’s past time, many argue, that they had an equal say.
None of us get to decide how our own input is valued. Everyone else is doing that valuation. This being as true of women as it is anyone else.
Of course, the entire series is going to be oppression under capitalism. Entirely missing the point that capitalism is what has made American women the freest, richest, set of the gender ever to bestride the Earth.
Oh, and, this:
Oxfam has estimated that unpaid labor performed globally by women and girls is worth more than $10.8tn annually – three times the size of the world’s tech industry. Yet unpaid labor – the backbone of a functioning society, which keeps us fed and sustains our children and elders – isn’t just unremunerated, but uncounted.
Wimmins’ aren’t sharing in the household incomes of those households they’re doing that caring unpaid labour for?