Kevin Myers (pictured), a columnist for the Sunday Times Ireland, recently came out with an article entitled, “Sorry Ladies - Equal Pay has to be Earned,” as a response to the controversy over the gender pay gap, specifically in journalism.
And as you can imagine, it upset quite a few people.
The article, which has since been deleted from the Sunday Times’ website, went on to detail the “tiresome monotone consensus of the commentariat, all wailing and shrieking as one about how hard done by are the women of the BBC.”
And just wait, the above comment isn’t bad at all compared to what else Myers had to say in his column about female employees at the BBC:
“I note that two of the best-paid women presenters in the BBC - Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz, with whose, no doubt, sterling work I am tragically unacquainted - are Jewish. Good for them. Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price.…”
That’s right, Myers managed to fit sexism and antisemitism into one article and subsequently piss off a lot of people by insinuating that the only reason Winkleman and Feltz are successful is because of harmful Jewish stereotypes. And he even admits that he knows nothing about either of their work.
Insulting People 101: if you’re going to insult someone, make sure you’ve actually read their work!
Myers uses his article to go on about how women are paid less than their male counterparts because they simply don’t work as hard.
“How many women are billionaires?” He says. “Chess grandmasters? Mathematicians? There’s a connection. Mastery of money usually requires singular drive, ruthless logic and instant, arctic-cold arithmetic.”
Translation: Women can’t be the above-mentioned things because their brains are too small. Certainly not because they haven’t been given as many opportunities to achieve those things throughout history as men have. It’s all the women’s fault!
A better question: Was Myers even thinking at all when he was writing this article? Or perhaps he was a little butt-hurt about not getting a raise in the office over a female coworker? We may never know the answer!
And perhaps more importantly, what was the Sunday Times thinking when they published this article? The fact that someone approved the article to be published at all just goes to show how normalized bigotry still is.
And of course, like the outspoken badass she is, J.K. Rowling had her say about the sexist article. She tweeted an image of a clip from the article along with the caption, “Women and Jews quite literally deserve what they get. This filth was published in the Sunday Times. Let that sink in for a moment.”
French Journalist Marie Le Conte may have put it best of all. She tweeted, “no point in sacking columnists if you’re not going to do anything about people throughout the food chain who thought everything was fine IMO.”