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These Men Still Don’t Think U.S. Women’s Soccer Players Deserve Equal Pay

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.