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World Cup pay gap: Here’s why it’s justified | FACTUAL FEMINIST

World Cup pay gap: Here’s why it’s justified | FACTUAL FEMINIST


Critics are up in arms about the World Cup
gender gap. The prize money for women is far less than for men. Commentators attribute
the gap to sexism and what some call the grass ceiling. Could they be right? Let’s review the evidence.
Coming up next on the Factual Feminist. This summer, the U.S. women’s soccer team electrified
the nation when it defeated Germany 2–0 and then Japan 5–2 to win the World Cup.
Instead of celebrating the team’s brilliant play and the continuing growth of women’s
soccer, many in the media are fixating on what they see as a shameful “World Cup pay
gap.” The U.S. women’s team collected only $2 million in prize money for its victory
over Japan. But for the corresponding men’s competition in 2014, the winning German team
won $35 million—while the Americans, who lost in the round of 16, took home $8 million.
Spurred by the media reports, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced a resolution on
the floor of the U.S. Senate urging FIFA, the organization that sponsors the World Cup,
to “immediately eliminate gender pay inequity”: Here is where I think the Senator and the
media critics go wrong. The prize disparity has much more to do with sports economics than sexism. The women’s players are
formidable athletes and the Women’s World Cup is growing rapidly in popularity, especially
in the U.S., but it’s still nowhere near the men’s cup in terms of world popularity.
According to FIFA, the 2011 Women’s World Cup had an audience reach of less than 250 million viewers. For the men’s World Cup in, 2010 the figure was 2.2 billion. That same year, the men’s World Cup generated nearly $3.7 billion in revenue, while the women’s World
Cup generated about $73 million. Now FIFA may be a troubled organization, and sexism can probably be counted among its many vices—but the differences in its men’s and women’s prizes
are actually less than the differences in its revenues from the two competitions. Market forces, rather than sexism, appear to explain the pay gap in soccer. Well, the sports equity activists have heard all of this before, and they have a reply. “Why accept market forces?” they ask. After all, these forces were shaped by a culture that
has been hostile to women, traditionally. Shane Ferro, a feminist business reporter at Business
Insider says it this way: “Most of us have been socialized to accept men’s sports
as dominant, and somehow automatically more interesting.” And once society internalizes
a falsehood, she says, “it’s very hard to correct it.” Hard, but apparently not impossible because now there is now a call by sports equity activists to change the market by re-socializing fans.
“Sports fans, for the most part, will watch whatever you put in front of them,” says
Kavitha Davidson at Bloomberg News. She thinks we should highlight the women’s teams, and fan interest and
excitement will come. A recently published study by two feminist sociologists
comes to the same conclusion. The authors lament that women’s sports receive only
about 3% of network TV attention, down from 5% in 1989. Major sports media, they say,
is a “place set up by men for men to celebrate men’s sensational athletic accomplishments”
while giving short shrift to women’s achievements. They acknowledge that there are fewer female
teams, so they suggest for now the media increase coverage of women’s sports to 12–18%.
They also specify that the sportscasters should report on women’s sports with the same “enthusiasm”
as men’s sports. More coverage plus more enthusiasm will increase the fan base, and
that will drive up women’s salaries and prizes. Well, I think it might be the gender sociologists and the feminist journalists—not the sports fans— who have internalized a falsehood.
There are athletic competitions where women attract more fans than men—figure skating
and gymnastics, for example. And women’s tennis, while not as popular as men’s, certainly
has a large and devoted audience. But when it comes to team sports like basketball, football
and soccer, no amount of affirmative-action enthusiasm is going to even the score. Men
are stronger, faster, and bigger than women, both on average and at the extremes. Most
fans—not all, but most—want to see the sport they love played at the highest level.
Men’s professional team sports are a fascination to many millions of fans because they offer
extreme competition, performance, and heroics. Women’s team sports, however skilled and
admirable, rarely compare in Promethean drama. There is a fallacy at the heart of the sports
equity argument. The equity activists insist that male and female athletes should be treated
the same; while accepting that the sexes are different and must play on separate teams.
To be consistent, they should call for integrated teams and let men and women compete together for the same audiences and same prizes. That would end the career of most female athletes, but a
few would make it and, if it’s a popular sport like basketball or soccer, they would
likely become the richest and most famous athletes of all time. I doubt that politicians
and activist journalists will actually propose this—but it makes as much sense as insisting
that women’s teams with separate standards of performance must be given the same salary,
prizes, publicity, and enthusiasm that the men’s teams enjoy. My suggestion: let’s
take the gender politics out of sports altogether and just enjoy the games. If you found this
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50 thoughts on “World Cup pay gap: Here’s why it’s justified | FACTUAL FEMINIST”

  1. Are feminists aware that inside a male football team there are tens of millions of difference between the contracts of the highest and lowest paid players..?

  2. I watch college football and NFL. If you put baseball on, I'll fall asleep. If you put basketball on, I'll fall asleep. Soccer? Zzzzzzz……. You can't force people to like sports they don't like.

  3. a top female soccer player is probably at the skill level as an average male college player yet makes more money and gets more perks

  4. If it was legislated that women were paid the same amount as men, owners would go bankrupt. They don't make nearly enough money from tv viewers, commercials, merchandise sales, ticket sales, concession sales, etc as the men do… And part of the reason why is because everyone knows a group of 15 year old high school boys can beat the best team of adult women in the world. The quality is nowhere near as good. It will never be as big of a sport, therefore it will never earn as much money as men's sports, therefore women will never be paid as much as men.

  5. The fact that even women are not interested enough to watch women's sports based on the fact that a far fewer percentage of women are interested in viewing sports at all, , since by far the largest viewership of sports are men, ought to tell you that even women, based on their actions, disagree with these non-factual male and female feminists.

  6. Do u actually call ur self feminist ??MEN are faster stronger better bla bla bla. N dont even start with biology.we can change our biology according to darwins theory if we change our sociaty. Women should become more stronger n faster

  7. Nonono. Stop right there.

    Why are the women being payed less than the men?

    There is no ”mens soccer” or any other ”mens sport”. Those leagues are just the leagues open for everyone, no matter if you are man, woman, under 18 years old, blind, paraplegic etc. There are however a number of leagues open to you only if you fullfill certain specific criteria, such as a U18 league, womens league, paralympics etc.

    If you want equal pay, take a spot on the roster of the one big league that is open to anyone – the so called ”mens league”.

  8. I like mens' soccer because it's harder and faster. But soon I can watch women's soccer full of transgender women.

  9. 1:52 this lady is a dumb SJW. Saying they're "probably" sexiest with 0 proof what so ever. What a delusional SJW with nothing better to do. Maybe if you worked instead of cried their wouldn't be a pay gap

  10. Remember how they kicked John McEnroe around for stating that Serena Williams couldn't beat the best 200 men, and that was not denigrating Serena, who is undoubtedly the greatest female player of all time a thoroughly lovely person. He was probably right, but was bullied by the media for having the audacity to say it.

  11. Maybe if Them women's soccer players, played in bikinis they would attract bigger salaries like them woman beach volleyball players. now that a hoot!

  12. So, they don't receive the attention of the men who watch male sports, but think that crying foul through feminist BS is going to change that? How lacking in self-awareness do you have to be to do that?

  13. You could make networks allot 50% of their time to female sports, and you wanna know what will happen?

    50% of the time their viewership numbers will fall through the floor.

    The reason why they only represent between 3-5% is because it's simply not appealing or interesting. It's yawn inducing. Networks live and die on viewership of a product. If nobody watches what you have on the program, you have no way to make revenue. Men's sports attract viewership. Viewership attracts sponsors and advertisers. Women's sports do not attract viewers. It's that simple.

    So if they tried to compel networks to represent more women's sports, they'd be destroying that network's bottom line.

    Lack of air time ain't the issue. Lack of an appealing product is. Watching women's sports is as exciting and enthralling as watching milk curdle. And I mean, really, how good can they REALLY be if their "best" team gets their asses handed to them by TEENAGE BOYS? TEEN boys beat a "professional" women's team. So how exciting could they really be?

  14. If it's all about equality, set up a match between the woman and the men. The best two out of three, should prove any equality issues.

  15. when men as transexuals enter into women's spheres, women cry. When women under confused gender denominations enter into men's spheres, women cry again. Patriarchy? or just plain less brainmatter?

  16. Why would anyone with a brain watch the WNBA? A good boys high school team would be the WNBA Champs. Televise more women's sports….. lose a ton of money.
    Integrated team? No woman would make the team. Biological advantages of men wouldn't allow women to compete.

  17. FUN FACT : FC Dallas' professional men's team are ranked 636th in the world. The US national women's team, who are number one ranked, couldn't beat FC Dallas' U15 boys. The best female players in the world lost to the bench, of the bench, of the bench, of the bench of the 636th ranked men's club team in the world.

  18. Well sexism would be a direct reference to the fans claiming it. FIFA and such are not sexist as the fans are the ones who buy the ticket and do not care about women's soccer. So in essence complaints of sexism are against the complainers peers.

  19. Someone that I can easily outperform will never engage me the same way that an athlete that would dominate me could.

  20. Feminism is a fucking joke. You don’t deserve fucking nothing. In the real world, YOU EARN WHAT YOU GET. When the women’s world cup becomes a multi-billion dollar industry, they’ll get paid more. Until then, maybe they should actually practice because pro female soccer teams are a clown show compared to the men’s teams.

  21. Womens football has less spectators and less advertising revenue, so they get paid less. Anyone who expects them to get paid as much as men are wanting them to pull money out of thin air.

  22. If my calculations are right then we see a huge sexism toward men!!! 3,7B compared to 73M is a HUUUGE DIFFERENCE in fact it is a bit over 50 (50,68) times more. But the difference between Germany(men) winning the the world cup and USA(women) winning the women world cup is just 17,5 times the difference. No where near 50 times

  23. Why do women work anyway? Do you know that working women are doing the world much more harm than good?
    These so-called feminists should wake up! Stop harming the world anymore!

  24. Men's soccer WC $6 Billion revenue and players paid 7%; whereas, women's soccer WC $130 million revenue and players paid 20. It all depends how you view statistics. Who gets uneven pay? Men should sue women.
    Women are butthurt that people would rather watch the highest level of competition in team physical sports.

  25. There are crazy leftist professors arguing that women and men should compete each other in any sport! OMG! At the very least, all women will be pushed out of socer and hockey teams because the men are stronger and faster. At the worst, women will fight men in MMA and boxing and they will need an ambulance parked next to the octogan and ring to try desperately to save the woman's life.

  26. These US women make me laugh. They may perform better than the men but if they were asked to verse the US men they would start crying after they lose. Oh yeah and why don't Dallas U15 who beat the "best team in the world" get equal pay, or does it only work for women, GREEDY FEMINISTS.

  27. Yet It has to be pointed out, the absolute MAJORITY of the people assisting to those female sports events, are MEN. so…. Whatever money these female athletes are earning, comes rather from our pockets. There are more women assisting to male sports events than there are assisting to their fellow female sports events. And about the gap; this is not about what's hanging (or not) between your legs, it's a fucking business, if you put consistently a good show, you'll get there.

  28. Modern feminists don't listen to facts and logic. They only believe in feelings, and they feel like getting paid more.

  29. Market forces are the ultimate democracy. Activists want to "ignore" market forces and "do the right thing" out of a vague sense of fairness, and force an apparently unwanted restructuring of sports. Sounds anti-democratic to me.

  30. I can't wait for the Watching Paint Dry Olympics, its more exciting than soccer. Even professional bass fishing is more exciting than soccer.

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