Saturday, July 11, 2015
From the World of Sport, a Failed Economics
For winning the World Cup, the US women's soccer team received only a quarter of the prize money that the winners of the men's competition did. Apparently this was all the information many "journalists" needed to conclude that sexism was at play:
The Atlantic, the Associated Press, and other outlets similarly noted the pay disparity but remained curiously incurious about why. The writers did not appear to consider legitimate reasons to pay women's soccer players less than their male counterparts. The articles advanced sexism as the reflexive explanation.In fact, the women's game, although growing in popularity, makes orders of magnitude less money during its world championship than the men's game. If anything, the winners of the women's competition were overpaid!
"... 'Vacation Syndrome' [is] when an individual tries to take a vacation from ALL responsibilities, instead of just some." -- Michael Hurd, in "The Positives and Perils of Vacation Mindset" at The Delaware Wave
"[I]t's not the escape that matters; it's what you're escaping." -- Michael Hurd, in "Why We Sometimes 'Medicate' Ourselves" at The Delaware Coast Press
"[W]e shouldn't crumble in the face of man-made institutions only a few decades old, or their mealy-mouthed advocates. " -- Gus Van Horn, in "'Reagan Conservatives' Dismantle Republican Revolution" at RealClear Markets
"[T]he sexual orientation of a particular individual is caused by choices made by that individual." -- Ron Pisaturo, in "How Choice and Emotion Can Influence Sexual Orientation" at The Federalist
"It's impossible to tell exactly how many Coloradans are violating the consumer use tax statutes -- but the number is at least several hundred thousand and probably several million." -- Ari Armstrong, in "Are You a Colorado Use Tax Felon?" at The Complete Colorado
A Word of Thanks
I thank reader Steve D. for his very helpful suggestions on an earlier draft of the piece linked above.
My Two Cents
Ron Pisaturo writes about a complicated topic that I will admit that I have not spent a great deal of time trying to unravel. While I agree with the general thesis, which I think the quote above encapsulates, I doubt that one of its apparent implications, that one could change one's basic sexual orientation, is practical in many cases, if at all. I think that many of the choices that shape sexual orientation occur so early in life that they end up becoming very deeply integrated into one's overall personality. I think that even if someone were somehow interested in changing his basic sexual orientation, the task would take so long and require so much effort as to be practically impossible. For this reason, I regard basic sexual orientation as an issue outside morality. That said, I am not claiming that Pisaturo argues either that anyone should try to change his sexual orientation or that this is a moral issue.
A Word to the Wise on GMail
If you've been missing correspondence from your in-box and you use GMail, take heed:
[I]f you're ... using GMail for your communications, especially if it is using a domain that does not otherwise advertise itself as being a GMail-run domain please keep a very close eye on your spam folder, Google is no longer able to tell the ham from the spam and the number of false positives is extremely worrisome. And if you're not a GMail user and you wonder why your contact is not responding verify with them if your message hasn't been mis-classified as spam by Google's very much broken spam detection system. [minor edits]Prompted by this account, I checked my spam folder to find two pieces of correspondence from my wife's professional email address.
7-12-15: Corrected link to RCM article.