The conservative author talks to Moneyish about how sexism is just “a comforting excuse.”
As part of a series to mark Equal Pay Day, Moneyish asked some prominent women to share their thoughts and experiences around equal pay. Read more here.
I’ll happily take 69 cents on the dollar, or whatever the feminist myth is nowadays, if I never have to pay for dinner.
But I’ve read the studies. I know that college-educated women, on average, make more than men — until they drop out, get married and have kids. Women aren’t as interested in doing the horrible or boring jobs just for the money. They’re more interested in meaningful work than the average man.
As one famous man said, when you’re rich, women will let you do ANYTHING… That’s why men are generally more willing to put in horrendous hours and work crap jobs than women are.
I’ve always been treated well — fabulously — when I’ve gone to other people’s workplaces, like publishing houses or my agency (The Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963 and men and women get paid equally if they perform equally well.)
But some of biggest names in conservatism have been absolutely vicious to me. They did everything in their power to destroy my career, in ways they would never, ever do to a man.
I may loathe these specific individuals, but in the grand scheme of things, who cares? This time it was Neanderthal sexism. Next time it will be because I’m a conservative or I root for the Yankees. The advantages of being a female are too overwhelming outweigh these infinitesimal little burrs.
Sexism is mostly a comforting excuse. Everyone—especially white, male, non-disabled heterosexuals—will be treated unfairly at some point. The annoying thing about the media’s notion that sexism is rampant, is that it makes sane women disinclined to acknowledge any sexist behavior, ever, for fear of joining the hysterical overreaction. If the media actually reported about the prevalence of sexism accurately, maybe the rest of us would be more inclined to tell the truth about the rare times it happens.
My hero President Trump seems like he would be perfectly happy with an all-male all-white-male cabinet, but also totally fine with a lesbian Inuit as his defense secretary. He insults women the exact same way he would a man. He doesn’t assume that pretty women are stupid or that ugly women are smart. So he actually is like some sort of platonic ideal of a non-sexist, non-racist boss. He just wants to get the job done.
Ann Coulter is a conservative commentator and author of 12 New York Times best selling books.
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