I'd wager that more often than not the answer is because they are different people, and not, as a lot of feminists would like to believe, because they are different genders.
Edited, Mar 8th 2013 4:28pm by cidbahamut
They are different people.
And when you average out all the wages of all the different people at all the different education levels, women earn about 70% of what men do (in the US) across the board.
This is fact.
You can argue about why they make less; Maybe they don't work at jobs that are worth as much. Maybe they have to take time out of their ladder climbing to have babies. Maybe they're even paid less simply because they have boobs. But to simply declare that the whole deal is made up by feminists is stupid...and sexist.
And that's not at all what I did, but thank you for demonstrating one of the things about feminism that makes it insufferable.
Feminism is not infallible, and pointing out potential holes in the rhetoric does not make me sexist/misogynist/whatever, but if anyone expresses anything other than complete agreement, they get branded as some sort of heretic.
The whole movement hinges on an innate desire to be angry at something. In this case it just happens to be anyone who had the audacity to be born with a penis.
You want to talk about ending discrimination against women? I'm totally on board with that.
You want to talk about feminism? @#%^ off back to tumblr.