Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander is worried that the Paycheck Fairness Act—a bill designed to ensure equal pay—will hurt men.Yep, if we take action to prevent pay discrimination against women, men might risk facing a small dose of what women face every day. The poor dears. Except, of course, that won't happen, as a Chamber of Commerce (!) representative assured Alexander.
“Take me through exactly what would have to happen, with a specific example of a man and woman, where a man is being paid less than the woman,” Alexander asked during a Senate hearing. “Because this law is not just about women — it’s about men and women.”
This sort of fear seems to underlie so much of Republican politics—the fear that if things are a little bit more fair for a group that's faced discrimination and inequality for generations, the old straight white guys who've benefited from that discrimination and inequality will lose a little bit of their edge. And if they lose that edge, if they aren't on the winning side of discrimination, that's like being discriminated against themselves, by their way of thinking.