June 18 2013
Rare: The wage gap: Why the question was dumber than Miss Utah’s answer
Really solid look at the reality of the wage gap. We aren't victims, ladies. - Tabitha
One of the charms of watching a beauty pageant these days seems to be the inevitable YouTube moment when a contestant botches a question designed to show her bikini comes with a brain.
So no one can really be surprised by the torrent of tweets and snarks following Sunday’s Miss USA contest, where Miss Utah flubbed a question about the gender gap on wages. Yet as badly as Miss Utah may have answered, the question itself was dumber still. Because the idea that women in America earn less today because of some discrimination — implicit in this question — is a politically correct cliché.