To make this week’s Misogynist Soup, you will need the following ingredients.
- Southwest pilot James Taylor. You can find him in Houston or snuggled up next to a “part do-able” woman at bars across the country.
- The great state of Ohio. And by great I mean, “Get out of your lease while you still can.”
- The Equal Pay Act of 1963. What is that again? I’m being totally serious. No one knows!
In honor of Independence Day, I thought it’d be appropriate to keep things on the U.S. homefront this time around. Let’s take a quick tour of what’s happening in our nation so that we can truly appreciate what it means to be an American woman.
Remember the good old days of Southwest?
Photo via Blog Southwest.
When you enter a career expecting one thing and end up with another, it’s easy to get a little disgruntled. Just ask Captain James Taylor, a Southwest pilot who thought he was breaking into an industry of baggable Betties and ended up surrounded by “(expletive) homosexuals and a granny” as his coworkers, an observation he noted into a cockpit microphone which he didn’t realize was on. Oops! He continued his rant to include gay slurs and jabs at overweight flight attendants. It also doesn’t help his misery that he happens to be based in Houston – “easily the ugliest base” – as it’s home to “only a handful of cute chicks”, according to Taylor. Surely one of the cuties he’s referring to is his wife, the mother of their two children.
After a hard day of work and having to endure working alongside uglies, all the pilot wanted was a fun night out in Chicago with some dimes. “At the very end with two girls, one of them was part do-able but we ended up going to the bar… and all these women wanted to do was, one wanted to berate her sister and the other wanted to [complain] about her husband,” he said. Can’t this guy catch a break? He finally meets a girl who’s sort of do-able and she all she wants to do is whine.
Anyway, where was I? Oh, right. The whole microphone thing. Southwest responded by suspending him without pay for an undisclosed period of time, he received diversity education before being reinstated and… that’s it.
Taylor also released an apology last Wednesday. “I deeply regret the derogatory remarks I made and the hurt I have caused. I take full responsibility for those comments,” he wrote in his apology. “I have learned a much needed lesson to be more sensitive of others and I hope you will see me as a more tolerant and considerate person.”
Isn’t that nice? He’s learned the skills it takes to tolerate those of us whose age, sexual orientation and physical attractiveness aren’t up to par when it comes to his on-the-job tail standards. He concluded by writing, “I am proud to be employed by Southwest Airlines and I am committed to representing our Company and its employees in the most professional way possible.” Clearly.
Hey, do you wear one of these too? Then we have something else in common – our government doesn’t care about us.
Photo via Alibaba.
Let’s say you’re an average girl. You go to school or you have a job (or both), a very needy and Facebook-friendly family and perhaps a significant other. Maybe you have an intense exercise routine. Maybe you spend time volunteering. Maybe you’re an active participant in your city’s nightlife. Maybe you have a blog. Regardless of the factors, you have things to do and you don’t always notice when your period is late and by the time you do, you’re 6 weeks pregnant.
But this is 2011. You have options. Unless you live in Ohio, the state that just passed a fetal heartbeat bill last week. The new terms outlaw abortions after a heartbeat can be detected, which generally occurs 6 to 7 weeks into pregnancy. Abortion-rights groups say this law will effectively ban abortions because most women don’t even realize they are pregnant that early. In other words, no abortion after a fetal heartbeat essentially means no abortions at all.
This bill apparently also offers no exceptions to victims of rape or incest, or for situations in which the mother’s health is in danger.
In the aftermath of this bill passing and with the GOP not exactly being subtle about their stance on women’s rights, we have to wonder if this is only the beginning, as this decision is immediately following the cut funding for Planned Parenthood in several states. If Ohio can look at Roe v. Wade’s ruling of a woman’s right to an abortion up until 22-24 weeks and completely disregard it and if other states can halt the funds needed for many women to receive medical care, what’s next for us?
If you’re a female personal finance advisor, you’ll almost get to see 6 of these for every dollar your male co-workers earn. How’s that for personal finance?
Photo via Wikipedia.
Despite the fact that the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, being a working girl is still going to cost you. The question is, how much? Forbes recently released a list of the “Ten Most Sexist Jobs in America.” Here are some highlights:
Although women make up 51.8% of real estate brokers, they certainly don’t take home the same paycheck. Instead, they can look forward to earning 69.8 cents for every buck a man earns. If you project the discrepancy of earnings out to span a 35-year-long career, women lose $537,000.
Meanwhile, female supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers are making 68.3 cents to the dollar. This comes as a surprise, because you’d think these prehistoric pay wages would also note that women are supposed to know what’s up when it comes to cleaning, right? Instead, women are hit both ways by double standards and lose $404,000 if they stick it out for 35 years.
Women financial managers have far fewer personal finances to manage than their male counterparts, as they only make 66.1 cents compared to men. While women’s median weekly pay weighs in at $1,022, it is eclipsed by men’s median weekly pay of $1,546. After a bit of multiplication and carrying the one later, we see that over 35 years, women have lost $954,000.
The fun in finance continues for female personal finance advisors – they make it rain with 58.4 cents compared to men or miss out on $1,247,000.
$1,247,000! I can’t quite comprehend that kind of loss, so I’m going to convert it into a unit I think we can all understand: These women have lost 49,880 bottles of Stoli vodka. So don’t ever try to tell me that sexism is a thing of the past in America. 49,880 bottles.
Combine all ingredients and bring them to a boil, much like my blood pressure is at the moment. You’ll know it’s done when it tastes like misogyny with a hint of “please tell me this isn’t real life”. Enjoy!