Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Male feminists get paid less. Great.

An article in this week's Time that reports the findings of a study out of the University of Florida: men with more "traditional" gender values have higher salaries than men with "egalitarian" views on gender. This isn't exactly encouraging for men who consider themselves feminists:

"Men with traditional attitudes not only earned more than other men with egalitarian attitudes, but their annual salary was $14,404 greater than women with traditional attitudes, and $13,352 greater than women with egalitarian attitudes."

The researchers theorize that the stratification into those four groups begins even as an employee is being hired:

"As for those money-making traditionally minded men, Judge theorizes that if they believe they are the family's primary breadwinner, they may show greater dedication to career and are perhaps more aggressive than other men in terms of salary negotiation. Compared with men with egalitarian attitudes, the primary breadwinner simply has more at stake. "Maybe the egalitarian guy thinks, 'Well, I don't have to go the extra mile because my wife and I share earning responsibilities equally,'" Judge says."

I appreciate a man with dedication to his career, and effective negotiation is obviously an important life skill. But at the end of the day, I'd still rather hang out with the egalitarian guy, no matter what he's paid. So stay strong, male feminists!


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