Don’t ever let anyone trick you into thinking that there’s any logic behind sexism. Because after yet another World Cup win, and the U.S. men’s soccer team trailing far behind with a total of zero World Cup wins, some men are still insisting that the women don’t deserve to be paid as much as the guys.
These men include Matt Walsh, a guy who describes himself as a “theocratic fascist” in his Twitter bio, which may or may not be ironic. You can never tell with these types.
The US women's soccer team gloated after beating extremely weak opponents, trampled on a flag during their victory celebration, and whined about not being paid enough. I think they might need to play another team of 14-year-old boys to learn some humility.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 8, 2019
Matt may be referring to the Thai team that the U.S. women defeated 13-0, whom they both complimented and comforted. After people like Matt complained that the U.S. team played too well and scored too many goals, the players explained that A) it’s the World Cup and B) it would have been insulting to go easy on the Thai team.
It seems like the Thai women were treated better by the U.S. team than by Matt here, who appears to be calling them “extremely weak,” which is an incredible thing to say of any team that made it to the World Cup after only existing in its current state since 2014. Alternatively, Matt may be calling the Dutch team weak, which is absurd, or all non-U.S. women’s World Cup teams weak, which is utterly sexist and ridiculous.
Thankfully, most people, including most men (I didn’t have to say it but I did and you’re welcome), are 100 percent on the side of the U.S. women’s team, as evidenced by the fact that large sections of the crowd at the final match chanted “equal pay” after they won.
Most people on Twitter are supportive as well, but it’s hard to go through comments on popular supportive tweets without finding a couple dudes still stuck on the idea that the U.S. women’s team makes less money for the owners than the men’s team.
And they’re clinging to this idea even as they reply to tweets explaining that in the U.S. at least, this is not true.
They can’t pay them more if the women’s World Cup doesn’t bring as much as the men’s World Cup— Chicho (@Chicho0717) July 7, 2019
How can the U.S. men bring in more revenue from the World Cup if they barely ever qualify for it?
Remember: Logic and sexism don’t mix.
Why is this so hard to understand? It’s embarrassing.
— kevin green (@kevingreen68) July 7, 2019
Well about 700M people watched the women’s world cup
3.5B watched the men’s World Cup
— ????Qayos Sturmz ???? (@Qayos) July 7, 2019
Because not many people globally care about women’s football. Professional football is a business, and women’s football doesn’t have even nearly as many eyeballs as men’s football. That may change. Or not. But that is how it is right now. It is that simple.
— Perry de Havilland (@cthulhupotamus) July 8, 2019
And even if worldwide people don’t pay as much attention to women’s soccer as they do to men’s soccer, maybe paying the women equally and investing as much money into their team and advertising their matches, people would take them more seriously? Otherwise, you’re just letting yourself stay in a sexist feedback loop. That’s a choice.
They won’t be able to stay in that loop for long, though. Not with this much fan support for women.
U.S. Men’s Soccer Team:
– 0 World Cup wins
– Average earnings per player = $13,000 per game
— Julio Caésar (@_Julio_Caesar) July 7, 2019
There have been eight total Women's World Cups. Here's how @USWNT has performed in each of them:— Charlotte Clymer????️???? (@cmclymer) July 7, 2019
U.S. Men's National Team:
Tell me again why the U.S. Women's National Team is paid less?#USAvNED
The @USWNT proved even before their World Cup win yesterday that they have what it takes to succeed. They generate more revenue than the men’s team and now hold the record for most FIFA Women’s World Cup wins. The world is watching — it’s time they were paid what they deserve.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 8, 2019
The best women's soccer team in the world making much less than their male counterparts is a national disgrace. But the pay gap holds back women in workplaces across the country. It's time we close it.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) July 8, 2019
Sign my petition to demand equal pay for equal work: https://t.co/Dlla4bGwLe
I love these men responding “NO!” to calls for equal pay for female soccer players because I have two kids under three and it’s cool to know there are people having even less sex than me— Julieanne Smolinski (@BoobsRadley) July 7, 2019
EQUAL PAY NOW????????— Alternative HHS (@AltHHS) July 8, 2019
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The #USWNT is the best soccer team in the world, male or female. Pay them. If they were men they would have been awarded $90k per for this World Cup. Stop cheating women.#USWNT#FIFAWWC— Victoria Brownworth ????️???? (@VABVOX) July 7, 2019
US World Cup win proves female players deserve equal pay, team sayshttps://t.co/LvSK2rJXWl
It’s actually quite generous for the U.S. women’s team to ask for equal pay. If it were really a matter of performance and revenue, they should be paid more than the men, as quite a few people have figured out.
Look, equal pay for equal work is important, but also, greater pay for better results is what we are constantly told in response, so given that, shouldn’t the US women’s soccer team be paid MORE?— Courtney!!! Milan ???? (@courtneymilan) July 7, 2019
This isn’t really about equal pay for equal work, but equal pay for better work. https://t.co/ApqZVdA3t5— Rebecca Leber (@rebleber) July 7, 2019
Since their 2015’s World Cup win, the US women’s soccer team has generated more revenue than the men’s team, per the WSJ. Over a 28 million people watched them win the championship this year.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 8, 2019
So listen. They do not deserve equal pay to the men’s team. They deserve far higher.
The womens soccer team doesn’t deserve equal pay with the mens team bc the mens team cant even qualify for the world cup and here the womens team is back to back world champs. The womens team deserves a significantly higher salary than the mens team— charles (@ItsChuckBarrios) July 7, 2019
The @USWNT has been much more successful, and profitable, than the men’s team. Yet, per @lizzydgoodman, “The women aren’t working as hard as their male counterparts for less money; they’re working harder for less money.” Read her June profile in @NYTmag. https://t.co/45RI4FmTd1— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) July 7, 2019
Can't believe the Women's Soccer Team is demanding equal pay! That's outrageous!— Meg, Home for a Weekend (@ZephyMeg) July 7, 2019
They actually win World Cups.
They should get paid more.
The @USWNT crushed it in France! Congrats on being World Cup Champions yet again. Forget about “equal pay” for this team. The US Soccer Federation should pay them more than the men. They’ve earned it. https://t.co/0K3Yvn2yGc— Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) July 7, 2019
WHY are we talking about equal pay for US women’s soccer team? What has the men’s team done to deserve being paid as much as the women???— Feryal Ozel (@feryal_ozel) July 7, 2019
i dont think there should be equal pay in US soccer, the women should get more— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) July 7, 2019
And if all of these amazing humans didn’t convince you, here is Snoop Dogg on Instagram taking you to task:
“The women should be getting $500,000 per athlete. Snoop Dogg says so.”
You heard the man.