With all the recent public attention devoted to "equal pay for equal work," one may well wonder why, if the disparity in earnings is of paramount concern among liberals, they have been conspicuously silent about various other cases of income inequality, some of which are far worse than between the sexes.
For example, according to a number of studies, gay women make about 6% more than straight women (see HERE), while gay men make 10 to 32% less than straight men. Where is the mainstream outrage from the Left against lesbians, and sympathy for gay men? (See HERE and HERE and HERE)
Another example is the huge inequality in wages across age groups. For 2012, the median weekly income for both sexes age 16 to 19 was $356, while the median weakly income for both sexes age 55 to 64 was $897 (see HERE, table 1) This means that some younger people were making only 40% of what certain older people made, which represents more than double the average wage difference between men and women. So, why aren't liberals up in arms about this kind of alleged age discrimination?
Still another example is that in 2011, while on average women earned 82.2% of what men earned that year, Hispanics/Latinos men earned only 59% of what Asian men had made. (See HERE) In other words, there was more that 12% greater disparity in wages between the races as there was between the sexes. Why wasn't a big deal made of this racially sensitive issue?
Furthermore, as indicated in my previous post, there is as much as 40% disparity in median incomes between states, even for the same exact jobs, and yet not a whimper from the liberals.
In fact, in 2007 the average income for Republican states was $34,200.00, whereas for Democrat states it was $41,183.00 (see HERE), a difference of 17%, or almost the same disparity as between the sexes. Why haven't the liberals beat themselves up for this disparity between red and blue states?
Perhaps these other more serious cases of income inequality are also ironically unequal to liberals in terms of political mileage?
Whatever the case, the Leftist LUNC here is that the manufactured drama and myth about unequal pay for equal work between the sexes may have not only ironically drawn unequal attention and action, but perhaps also at the expense of more serious cases.
For an explanation as to why these Leftist LUNCs may occur, please see: Gov: Wrong Tool for the Right Job - Introduction and Cold Nanny as well as The Politics of Compassion, Emotions, Ignorance, Denial, Blame-Shifting, Equality, and Victimization