Monday, September 22, 2008

Sexist Men Make More Money

Sexism So finds a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida, as reported by BBC News (via pjhlaw):

The researchers asked [interviewees] whether they believed a woman's place was in the home, or whether the employment of women was likely to lead to higher rates of juvenile delinquency.

Predictably, more men tended to hold these views than women, although the gap has narrowed significantly over time.

However, when the men were asked about their salaries, another gap emerged, with those holding "traditional" views earning [on average, $8500 per year more than those with more progressive views. Women with traditional views earned an average of $1500 less than women with traditional views.]


Dr Magdalena Zawisza, a psychologist from Winchester University, said that there were a number of theories which might explain the difference.

She said: "It could be that more traditionally-minded men are interested in power, both in terms of access to resources - money in this case - and also in terms of a woman who is submissive.

"Another theory suggests that employers are more likely to promote men who are the sole earner in preference to those who do not - they recognise that they need more support for their families, because they are the breadwinner."

For more, see Men With Sexist Views Earn More.


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I trust Magdalena did not neglect her partner, at all, while she was wasting her time researching this study with its rather obvious conclusions.

Posted by: John Steadfast | Sep 22, 2008 9:08:52 AM

"Women with traditional views earned an average of $1500 less than women with traditional views."


Posted by: Sue | Sep 22, 2008 1:53:31 PM

No surprises here-- so sad to se that all of this is still the same as it was when I first entered the work world in the 1970s---

Paying the sole breadwinner more because they need ore support-- what a joke--what about all the sole breadwinning moms??

No, they just make 20% less than their male counterparts.....

Posted by: jackie | Sep 22, 2008 2:29:48 PM

I don't know why I am even replying to this acticle (that was a waste of time), but let's see.
The wives of men who earn less might need to work because their husbands earn less.

Posted by: Not a Dr, but smarter than this one | Sep 22, 2008 2:53:52 PM

Haha. I make less than sexist men. It could be that I have no problem that my wife is a high-wage earning securities attorney at a major firm - and that does not threaten me, and it allows me to take a job that pays less, but I find very rewarding.

Posted by: Per Son | Sep 23, 2008 7:20:05 AM

So let me get this straight: the survey methodology outlined two choices: "a woman's place is in the home" or/if not "their children will become juvenile delinquents"?
a little simplistic? First off, the phrase itself "a woman's place is in the home" is soooo loaded. How about some people -- men and women -- make individual choices for what they think is best for their family? And sometimes that individual choice is for the mom to be at home. So much baggage! What a terrible study. It could be that many companies still do not have a skilled compensation professional to help ensure that employees are paid for their the duties of their position.

Posted by: Dnrbts | Sep 25, 2008 8:18:09 AM

I cannot stand any longer the stupidity of scientific community. The study has shown just a correlation between sexism and wage nothing more. We have to decide which is the cause. The simplest and more logical explanation is that men who make more money are more probable to earn more than their wives, which can make them more sexists. Enough is enough.

Posted by: Terry | Oct 1, 2008 1:12:46 AM

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