Success! It seems some Australians have finally had enough and have rebelled against a feminist bake sale held at the University of Queensland during “Feminist Week” held at the start of this month.
“A bake sale that will charge customers based on their gender for a “Feminist Week” at the University of Queensland has sparked outrage online with some students calling it discriminatory.”
“But if you’re a homeless man, you will pay full price.”
To the uninitiated, a feminist "pay gap" bake sale sells baked goods, with charges for those goods based on gender.
Madeline Price, the vice-president of gender and sexuality at the UQ Student Union, said the response to the Brisbane event highlighted an "underlying trend in online behaviour towards women" that has "galvanised the feminist community on campus".
"From a personal perspective, the attacks on members of the Women's Collective have really hit home because we've come to realise that whenever a woman raises her voice in the public sphere, the attention that attracts also attracts these rape threats and threats of sexual violence and threats to the life of the woman.
"It's really interesting because these are some of the discussions that we want to bring out in Feminist Week as well, that the gender pay gap bake sale has brought out this underlying trend of online behaviour towards women.
"It's a really negative thing, but a good place to start discussion about this as well is that, well, here's an event we tried to throw on campus and here's the reaction we've received and none of it's legitimate discussion, it's just threats.
Madeline, you are looking at the world through those grey feminist glasses which paint a nonexistent patriarchy against nonexistent oppressed women. If you just told the truth, you would not be criticised. There is no pay gap. It is a big, fat lie.
The pay gap is simply the difference between the wages of all women who work and all men who work. It does not take into account the job differences (Engineers get paid more than Secretaries), positions (bosses make more money than junior staff), education (higher pay normally goes with higher education), job tenure (longer term employees tend to earn more than newer employees), and how many hours worked per week (people who work more hours per week earn more than those people who work less hours per week). In short, the “pay gap” is due to the different choices men and women make.
This well earned backlash by ordinary people has been a long time coming. These "pay gap" bake sales are nothing new.
This storm in a cup cake has gone viral with the hash tag #paygap and #uq showing ordinary folk that the fight for truth is far from over. Repeated tweets state that the “pay gap” is real and that women should be fighting for equal pay for equal work.
Funny that. Fighting nonexistent fights and straw men is not the hallmark of a movement that can expect broad support. Just look at the comments below Tim Blair’s blog post on the matter: