James Green, Vice Chairman of the Wasatch County Republicans, recently wrote a letter in which he expressed sincere concern for all those men and children who would suffer if we insisted that women be treated as equals. Equal pay, Green tells us, is bad for families. You see, paying women more means paying men less. But men are supposed to support their families, so when they make less, women have to enter the workforce even if they’d rather stay home, and that increases the competition for jobs. “Even men’s jobs.” That’s a direct quote. “Even men’s jobs.”
I really couldn’t care less about the Vice Chairman of the Wasatch County Republicans, and it’s obviously absurd to suggest that the labor market is men’s domain. But the idea that the home is women’s? The absurdity of that is apparently debatable.