We’ve all seen them before: issue-oriented commercials featuring either celebrity faces or trained actors reading facts off a teleprompter and pretending to care about the topic at hand.
They’re all pretty obnoxious, especially given that they’re usually liberal. However, conservative pundit and filmmaker Austen Fletcher — better known as Fleccas — decided to make one of his own.
So, he called actors and actresses in on a casting call to read some facts about feminism off a teleprompter. Only they weren’t the facts that they were used to. These were the facts that you don’t hear repeated on the local news or CNN.
Their reactions were absolutely priceless.
The best reaction had to be when one of the older females learned women who don’t have children and who have never been married earn 117 percent more than men do.
“One hundred and 17 percent? Holy crap!” the participant says.
“I thought this was like, feminism,” another respondent says when a statistic doesn’t fit up with her preconceptions of what it was supposed to be.
“I’m realizing what this is now,” she later says.
Yes, it’s basically the uncomfortable facts that we don’t like to talk about because they don’t fit what we like to talk about — the numbers that reflect a different reality than what we
The belief that women only earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men gets bandied around so much that nobody even bothers to think about the methodology behind it. In fact, it’s pretty much become enshrined in the sociopolitical firmament, repeated by people who have never even looked at any studies, much less the methodology behind them.
The idea that there could be any different number when it comes to the wage gap is considered completely insane to most casual observers.
Yet, there’s plenty of data out there that proves the wage gap could have as much to do with the life choices that people of different genders make. All the media needs to do is look — and they refuse to.
“The numbers are so different than what I thought they were,” another participant says.
And so they are. That’s because the media has worked vigorously to present only one set of numbers on gender equality to you.
This is astutely realized by one participant who says, “It’s being advertised in media that women aren’t making as much as men are.”
Of course, there were still disbelievers. “Everyone knows that women make less than men,” the woman who “realized what this is now” earlier says. “Like, we’ve all worked, right? We’ve all done the same job as men and, for whatever reason, has earned less.”
A powerful rebuttal, indeed.
This isn’t to say, of course, that these numbers represent the only side of the argument. The point is to show that they represent a side of the argument that’s never given air because it’s considered impolitic. That’s why right-leaning social media personalities have made such a splash for telling the truth. That’s also why they’re getting shut down on social media so that people can’t hear.
You probably won’t see this video on TV. You probably won’t see any of the statistics it cites mentioned either. One hopes that those who see it, however, come away realizing that issues like the gender pay gap and inequalities in the justice system aren’t as cut and dried as they thought they were.
It’s an invaluable teaching tool, and one that’s going to open a lot of eyes. Let’s just hope that as many eyes as possible are able to see it.
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