Monday, October 13, 2014

Fathers earn more than childless men. Does this apply to gay dads?

There is a story on CNN Money that fathers earn more than non-fathers, even within any age group. It’s titled “It Pays to Be a Dad”, and is by Tami Luhby, link here

The story didn’t focus on married men (as opposed to unmarried me) with kids. 

One question, of course, is “Why?”   Is being a father, a sign of “reproductive success”, itself a sign of greater competitiveness?  Or does having responsibility to provide for kids encourage men to play harder for the big bucks? Or does it have to do with discrimination against singles as less "responsible" (or less "driven")?   If so, it's discrimination against some men for what they don't do (engage in procreative sexual intercourse).  
For gay men, this used to be a question of “singles” vs. “married with kids”.  LLDEF, particularly, wrote pieces in the 90s that gay and single men (and women) worked “at a discount’, particularly in salaried environments, where people don’t get paid for overtime.  I often played this card, and that helps explain in part how I went 30 years without layoff. Whew!

Now there is a new wrinkle, gay dads (who have steadily increased in visibility since the 1990s) and gay dads in same-sex marriages.  I haven’t seen any data on how they (“gay dads”) fare compared to non-parent gays.  We’re seeing this play out with the “Will and Sonny” supercouple in the soap “Days of our Lives”, where Will, as a “writer”, is behaving aggressively in what he writes and publishes, and promotes it, sometimes in the name of his daughter.  
There’s also the talent premium.  The younger male gay community seems to have a higher-than-predicted portion of “super-stars”, in media and now in the sciences.  (Go here, .  That will also affect the results in the future. 

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