This article recounts the event of school bake sale in which three female students are selling bake goods. However, this is not an ordinary bake sale. The girls are charging the boys one dollar for the baked goods and the girls only 77 cents. The purpose of this was to illustrate the wage gap in America, for every dollar a man makes; a female employee makes only 77 cents. It is astonishing that in the year 2015, there is still that much of a gap in wage. Often times in media and social platforms there is talk of the progress, and how great strides are being made to close this gap. However, when the realities are truly examined as a society we are stagnant in our efforts. It is the feminist movement that society needs to rally behind. It needs to become clear that the foundation of feminism is gender equity, not female or male superiority. When this becomes a universal truth, then and only then cant the strides bring about effective change. It is also important to understand the difference between equality and equity, equality is treating everyone the same, where as equity is giving everyone what they need to succeed. Although both are vitally important, perhaps it’s time to focus on universal equity. Equal and fair opportunity of all individuals should be a understood truth, however, no one person is the same, and therefore it seems unreasonable homogenize the struggle ethnic groups, genders, or whomever it may be, faces.
In the news clip accompanying the article, a field reporter was sent to the school to cover the “controversial” bake sale. It was interesting to see in the video that the in studio reporter as well as the field reporter were both men. Even more specifically, what can be deduced from a short clip, they were white, powerful, cis gendered males reporting on the injustice of the male/female wage debate. Even before reading the accompanying text or watching the rest of the video the first image one sees is one of white male privilege, in a news story about the unfair wages women experience in the workplace. Further into the video it should be noted that when the reporter is looking for opinions from the school, only one female student was selected for her opinion. Even in times of gendered unrest the people leading the conversation are those who come from the most privilege. This report alone so visibly demonstrates the androcentric world we are living in, and how hegemonic masculinity still reins supreme. It is time for those experiencing the struggle, whatever it may be, to lead the conversation. No one understands what those who are oppressed are going through quite like the oppressed. So why are we seeking advice about how to liberate us from these oppressive forces from those perpetuating the very problem we are trying to solve.
The fact that this demonstration was even considered “controversial” is a problem all in itself. Why should it be surprising that women and girls are upset about being viewed as less than, in the eyes of corporation? Where is the controversy, that women can actually think for themselves and are finally finding the mediums to do so? It is time to shatter the glass ceiling that so many successful women are subject to reaching day in and day out. The question is how do you altars ways of thinking that have been embedded in society for years. The answer in my opinion is to start at the beginning. As discussed in lecture, at such a young age girls and boys are socialized at such a young age to believe certain things about themselves. Boys are the strong providers and girls and the weak vulnerable caretakers who need saving. This is where it needs to end and we need to start teaching. Illustrating to young girls and boys that the previous binary ways of thinking are so outrageous. So outrageous, that they wouldn’t even think that something such as unequal pay would be something that could even exist in the world they live in. Starting the conversation is important, and I do feel we are making progress in getting the conversation out there. Talk can generate change, however, in order to see full restitution requires meaningful action. We can talk all we want but until we take the necessary steps to change what is unjust and unfair, all will stay the same as it always has been.
Carlisle, Randall. ‘Gender Equality Bake Sale Causes Stir At Utah High School’. Good4Utah. N.p., 2015. Web. 10 Apr. 2015.