The wage gap between men and women is exaggerated
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Thank you to Jebond93 for instigator this debate. Good luck!
Basis for Debate
The measure up for debate is "The wage gap between men and women is exaggerated". The method of proving this debate will therefore be showing the actual value for the gender wage gap, showing the believed wage gap and comparing them to show that the latter is larger than the former.
Burden of proof is on PRO to support their claim. To succeed I can show that they cannot put together a solid case for the wage gap being exaggerated or provide evidence of my own that it is not exaggerated.
I will attempt to do both.
1) Lack of Sources
Aside from referencing an unknown report by the US Department of Labor Statistics, my opponent provides no sources to back up their argument.
2) Human Capital
PRO brings up several points that can collectively fall under "Human Capital". Human Capital is the stock sum of knowledge, skills, abilities and personality attributes attributed to workers in a labour market. In to this fall things like education and drive to work extra hours.
However, the wage gap being due to differences in human capital is not mutually exclusive with being due to gender. Many women face discrimination in the process of accumulating and developing this human capital. Let's look at education, as PRO bought it up. there are a multitude of studies that show that teachers are primed to give males in the classroom more attention than females as well as other forms of classroom bias . The first paper cited above explains for instance,
"For some girls, the lack of attention may be unnoticed, or even desired (Feldhusen & Willard-Hoyt, 1993), but the impact can be costly. Increased teacher attention contributes to enhanced student performance. Girls lose out in this equation. African-American girls, for example, enter school assertive and outgoing, yet grow more passive and quiet through the school years (AAUW, 1998, p. 49). The power of the teacher’s time and attention means that boys reap the benefits of a more intense educational climate."
Indeed, PRO even admits that "the social roles and expectations of men and women when in school, even at a young age, are completely different". This is a clear admission of people being treated differently due to gender - which is to say sexism as based on the definition "
Jebond93 forfeited this round.
As in R1 I have turned PRO's argument and shown that even by his own (unsupported and unsourced) estimates the wage gap between men and women is not exaggerated but rather underestimated, I feel there is not much more to add due to the FF.
Hopefully my opponent posts in R3 and we can finish this off.
Jebond93 forfeited this round.
Opponent has FF again, please cote CON based on my R1 arguments.
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Vote Placed by random_noob 10 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro made some reasonable arguments about men being better educated and working more hours. Essentially that a direct comparison of wages without taking this into account does not make sense. Con responds that women are discriminated in education not having equal chances to get higher paying jobs. Pro FFs, not giving himself a chance to respond. Reasonable arguments from both sides. Therefore conduct to Con for Pro's ff
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