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4-03-2012 @ 8:49PM
@clundgren:The argument that women make less than men for the same job is actually a complete misuse of statistics. Virtually all commonly quoted studies carried out ignore hours worked/week (men do more on average), and years of experience (men have more on average). Even worse are studies that make completely unfair comparisons by grouping jobs according to completely arbitrary educational requirements (one study actually said that someone with a 4 year arts degree should expect to make as much as someone with a 4 year engineering degree /boggle). I sat on the board of directors for our provinces PEng association and we recently did a province wide study on earnings compared across pretty much every possible demographic. Women on average had annualized earnings 22% less than men of an equivalent age in an equivalent industry. I'm sure you'd take that as ZOMG SEXISM. However, when we made a comparison of average hourly wages between men and women of equivalent years of experience rather than age, men made 6% less than women. Let me repeat that: MEN MADE LESS THAN WOMEN. It's all about how you present the data. I really wish I could supply a link, but the information has not been made public yet:(Also, here's a fact for you that I'm pretty sure you won't believe: men are victims of physical spousal abuse far more than women. The only reasons that you are probaby rolling your eyes in disbelief at what I said is that a) men almost never report abuse, and b) how men and women define abuse is completely different. A study was done that simply asked "Have you ever been a victim of physical abuse in a relationship" and "Have you ever committed physical abuse in a relationship". Not surprisingly, the number of women reporting being abused was far more than men, and admitting to being the abuser way lower. The unique thing about this study is that they didn't just stop there. They then went on to ask more specific questions. "Have you ever slapped a partner in a moment of passion." "Have you ever thrown an object at a partner." "Have you ever dumped a drink on somone." When you actually specifically list out things that could be considered abuse, the exact opposite was found. Men were far more often the victims than the perpetrators.
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