Kristen Stewart makes the headlines this week – offering her hot take on the Hollywood pay gap: ‘that subject is everywhere right now, and it’s boring’. The former Twilight actress has admitted she feels “bored” by the ongoing debate about women not being paid as much as their counterparts for film roles and insists that females should “do something about it”.
Kristen is right, the topic of the pay gap is definitely not one that is a stranger to our headlines – we’ve all seen Patricia Arquette’s speech at last year’s Oscars! But this week there has been a slightly different take on the recycled topic of the pay gap in the UK…
Research released by The Times this week reveals that women pay on average 37% more than men for the equivalent product. According to this research, Tesco stores on average are charging twice as much for ten pink disposable razors as for the exact same blue razors. Pretty in Pink? More like pricey in pink!
It doesn’t stop there either – in fact researchers could only really find one example of where men are being charged more than women: men’s underwear! If it wasn’t for the serious chafing I’m sure we could all pay a little extra for masculine Y-fronts in the comfort of knowing our gender-conforming products would be equally as cheap.
Maria Miller, the chairwoman of the Commons Women and Equalities committee, told The Times: “It is unacceptable that women face higher costs for the same products just because they are targeted at women.”
It’s 2016! We should be moving past all the sexism and towards a more de-gendered society. I have agree with Hollywood star Kristen Stewart: “Instead of sitting around and complaining, go write something, go do something for yourself.’
Come on UK females – it’s our turn to be heard.
Article Written by Molly Ashby