You’ve probably never heard of the Youtuber who goes by the name “PewDiePie,” but there’s a good chance your kids have.
The 27-year-old video creator boasts over 56 million subscribers on a channel that has countless clips of him commenting on things while playing video games. With a $15 million paycheck last year, he’s the highest paid person on YouTube, proving that you really can make it doing anything in America.
Recently, however, his channel has moved away from video games to other subjects, among them being politics. Having been the victim of a smear campaign from the left (which you can read about here), his views have naturally drifted right-of-center, which is awesome, considering the size and relative youth of his audience.
In his most recent video he trashes the dishonesty of Piers Morgan – and debunks the oft-cited “gender wage gap.”
But don’t just take his word for it on the gender wage gap. Check out the statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor.
In 2014, a study commissioned by the U.S Dept. of Labor found that, after accounting for some behaviors and choices (such as career choice and how long a person works, which affect wages), the wage gap narrowed to between 5-7%. Even the researchers note that they only examined wages and not worker compensation (wages+benefits). According to the authors, research shows that women prefer a higher percentage of their compensation in non-cash benefits (like health insurance), which the gender wage gap totally ignores. They also state that they did not account for work experience or job tenure. According to them, “a single comprehensive analysis that considers all of the factors simultaneously; however, such an analysis is not feasible to conduct with available data bases”
Ultimately, their conclusions is that: “This study leads to the unambiguous conclusion that the differences in the compensation of men and women are the result of a multitude of factors and that the raw wage gap should not be used as the basis to justify corrective action. Indeed, there may be nothing to correct. The differences in raw wages may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”
Shouldn’t that put the debate to rest? Yes! But when victimhood is currency in politics today, the myth will persist for decades to come.