Gender pay gap

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Having achieved their goals, many feminists are unable to admit victory, preferring instead to maintain a sense of victimhood among women though conjuring ever more tenuous grievances. The “gender pay gap” (your report, 31 July) reflects the differing lifestyle choices and priorities of women in general, compared with men.

While feminists dream of forcing women to approach their career in an identical manner to men, to attain their theoretical utopia, recalcitrant women still tend to value a more balanced lifestyle and find unparalleled rewards in investing more in family life.

However, out of this benign manifestation of perfectly natural and healthy sex differences, feminists try to give the impression that there are cases where women and men get paid different amounts for doing exactly the same job.

That really would be discriminatory, but it just doesn’t happen. There are two ways to eliminate the “gender pay gap”: artificially inflate the salaries of women (through female quotas on boards of directors etc), or encourage women to prioritise earning money over nurturing children and other less lucrative pursuits.

The SNP seems keen on both.

Not to be outdone, Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham proposes artificially discriminating against male Labour prospective candidates for the Holyrood election next year, to ensure a 50/50 sex split.

If Labour really wanted to bring the voice of an unrepresented group into politics it should be women who reject the more outlandish feminist dogma, accept sex differences as natural and positive, and regard committing their time to bringing up children as a wonderful opportunity, not a frustrating impediment to their career ambition or income.

Richard Lucas