Equal Pay for Equal Work

This is going to be short… I hope.

Few meaningless slogans infuriate me as much as this one: “Equal pay for equal work.”

Any discussion regarding a pay gap between genders inevitably produces this artificially framed, intentionally ambiguous, piece-of-shit truism. Interpreted in the most literal of senses, it would seem irrefutable. If pay follows from work, then obviously two people performing “equal work” ought to receive “equal pay”. Simple. Brilliant. Even a child can understand. Except for one problem…

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “EQUAL WORK”.

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