Bake Sale Held in Protest of Gender Wage Gap Hurts Men's Precious Egos

Cupcakes for feminism

According to our pals at Merriam-Webster, one form of entitlement is "the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges)." Personally, I think it's safe to say that that's exactly what many men displayed as they protested a bake sale that celebrated "Feminist Week" at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. The bake sale was organized as a real-life simulation of how women are treated in the workforce, as student Madeline Price decided to up the price for men in an attempt to demonstrate the wage gap. 

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That means that men would pay $1 for one cupcake while women were only expected to pay 83 cents. Prior to the students' setting the prices for the Gender Pay Gap Bake Sale, research was done in order to give the most accurate depiction possible of the Australian wage scale -- which currently favors men by 17.3 percent.

Yet, despite the sale's being based on factual information from a reputable source, the women hosting the event on the student union's behalf caught quite a backlash.

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Apparently, it only grew more gruesome as news of the event spread to Facebook, with threats such as:

"I'd punch a chick if she winked at me at the bake sale."

"I want to rape these feminist [expletive] with their f—king baked goods."

"Females are f—king scum, they should be put down as babies"

See, I was raised to believe that those with a guilty conscience tend to get angry when they or their intentions are questioned. So far, that bit of insight has proven to be spot-on -- whether you're dealing with a cheating man or a group of sexist scum. 

So I certainly believe that part of this backlash stems from numerous factors -- ignorance and entitlement. But I also believe that those who feel the amount of money they are paid is deserved simply because they came into the world sporting a penis may be suffering from some kind of guilt. 

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In fact, Psychology Today found that "a good deal of our anger is motivated by a desire not to experience guilt." 

And honestly, it's the only way I can wrap my head around such violent and angry commentary. I have to believe that these men who had the audacity to be outraged by a bake sale harmlessly demonstrating a pay gap -- a pay gap that men have asked us to overlook for so long, while they reap the benefits -- are, in fact, part of the problem that keeps us from closing this gap.

They know it and so do their consciences, and their actions are merely a reflection of those feelings. That, and insecurity, because after all, the male ego is quite fragile.

My suggestion? Find a psychologist and work that out -- like, yesterday. Because, whether you want to hear it or not, women like these young ladies will bring about change (no pun intended), and for your sake, it would be best if you didn't lose your s**t every time the pay gap was protested with cupcakes. Cupcakes! Just saying. 


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