I asked on twitter for which post y’all would like to see from me and this one was by far the most popular! This post is going against most peoples views and so I do expect I will lose a lot of followers from this but, I also think a lot of people would be surprised with how much of this they may agree with. 🤷🏻♀️ This is quite a wide topic and therefore I will split this into two posts as to not write too much of an essay for y’all!
What is feminism?
From what I understand (and please, correct me if I am wrong) but this involves equal rights of the sexes. Yes equal rights, not that women are superior or dismissing men but equal.
Let’s start with this as it’s one of the main issues I have. First of all no one is exactly the same!
Let’s have a look at professional sports where equal pay should not be a thing, period. Tennis is the leading sport to my knowledge which is now offering men and women equal prize money for winning, seems fair play right? Well men need to complete in 5 sets opposite to women competing in 3 sets. But will earn the same winnings? Now to me, this is very wrong ❌ how this now looks is that men are playing 2 extra sets, which can take hours longer to finish, than women, but not being paid for this? OR, women are simply being over paid?
Another one which a lot of people have a problem with; football. Now do the men earn far too much? HELL YES! But should the women earn the same? Let’s think about why men make so much more first. The amount of tickets, merchandise, sponsorship and TV time they bring to each club is FAR MORE than any women will bring. So once again, if a female football player would be earning the same as a male then they are either being more overpaid than the top male footballers or, the men are being exploited and being underpaid by millions almost.
Now, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I really struggle to understand how these two major examples should be considered for equal pay?
Let’s take it back to the ‘real world’
In an every day job where there is a salary should men and women get paid the same? Perhaps not.
Firstly are they going for the same job? Maybe? If not, why not? Is it that the opportunity it not equal or is it simply then men and women do not want the same role or are not qualified for the same role?
If there is a standard salary for a job then yes of course everyone would be paid the same, and that right is protected under UK law. If there is a salary range, then no, maybe the pay would not be the same. As I said right at the start of this no two people are exactly the same. This means everyone has their own unique set of skills, qualifications, career drive, personality traits, and some may show their desire and abilities stronger in an attempt to move further forwards than others. Because of all of these different factors which should be considered, then no, I don’t believe that there is a justified argument for this. If someone shows more desirable skills and drive than another person then they deserve that higher pay, regardless of which gender they are.
Men are often seen as more of the ‘money makers’ as many women will choose to take time off work or not work up the career leader due to having children and wanting to spend more time with them each day. This is completely their choice, equally men are entitled to do this while the women go back to work and focus on their career. Every person has this exact same choice, some parents will choose to send their children to nursery or hire a child minder while both parents work full time, which again is completely their choice. This is however another factor which needs to be considered, their choice when going to work and which jobs people apply for, not so much the pay difference.
One final aspect on this subject which I feel should be mentioned, hiring people due to their gender, background, religion or ethnicity. While companies may feel pressured to hire all these different groups to help with their stats and how their company look through their numbers, their main concern from a business perspective should be simply, who is the right person for the job. The right person for the job should depend on work experience, qualifications, their passion for the company and role and what they can add to the table. This is also another law created within the UK to protect these rights. If, however someone is hired due to any of these factors, that goes against all equal rights and then well, are we actually equals?
I’ll stop part 1 of why I am not a feminism here, so no. I do not agree with equal pay, UNLESS IT IS A STANDARD SALARY
Until next time,
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