The Beastie Boys on Manhattan community access TV, 1984. They were still a punk band, and playing with drummer Kate Schellenbach, who later joined Luscious Jackson.
Daniel Radcliffe walking 12 dogs while smoking a cigarette
People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.
I work with 2 year olds and I always catch myself saying things like “who’s a pretty girl!” I’ve been getting better at stopping myself and instead telling them how smart, funny, thoughtful, ect. they are. I love those little ones so much and I want them to grow up knowing that, yes they are pretty, and they’re also extremely smart.
You - and I - as members of the working class, have never met or even seen a member of the capitalist class. As a result, we have zero everyday experience with what their lives are like and we exaggerate the slight differences within our own class into specious separate classes.
The average construction worker makes $44,000 per year.
An average plumber makes $40,000 per year.
An average doctor makes $211,000 per year. (I averaged over disciplines)
The average lawyer makes something like $100,000 per year.
The average Research scientist makes $80,000 per year.
An average CEO makes $11,500,000 per year.
The average congressman makes, well I don’t know, but they have an average net worth of $29,300,000.
The average income of the top 1% is $1,300,000
The average income of the top 0.1% is $6,400,000.
Lets say you and I are plumbers or similar. How much more do these people make than us?
Doctors: 5.3 times
Lawyers: 2.5 times
Scientists: 2.0 times
1% ers: 32.5 times
0.1% ers: 160 times
CEOs: 275 times
Top hedge fund managers: 25,000 fucking times!
So, yeah, you might know some doctors or something who seem rich as all hell. They live lives of unimaginable luxury while you rot in squalor. When I was in high school the richest family that I knew owned a damn tractor dealership, and seemed to absolutely run that podunk town.
They are richer than you. 2 - 5 times richer, which is about all that you’re ever likely to come into contact with. By the time somebody makes 10 or 100 times as much as you, they’re gone. They live with other rich folks now, and you’ll never see them or even know about them. You think that the class structure you can observe is the real class structure.
It isn’t. The real upper class makes hundreds of times - thousands of times! - as much as you do. Acting like doctors and electricians belong to different class is just false class consciousness. In the grand scheme, there are workers, those who must work, among whom compensation differs by up to 10x, and there the upper class, whose compensation absolutely dwarfs that of all workers (including brain-workers).