Everyone pays it. But is it higher for women? Must we pay more for less? Consider this:
In an apparent attempt to attract female readers, Marvel recently introduced a comic billed as “’Sex and the City’ in the Marvel Universe.” Its four semiretired (but still hot) female “divas” are uniquely punished for their powers: in addition to the obligatory romantic woes of the strong, career-driven woman — they meet at a speed-dating event for superheroines — one of them is given a diagnosis of breast cancer, presumably caused by her microwave-based abilities, which also threatened her fertility.
It has long struck me that one reason women achieve less is that for a woman life’s rewards are divided and pull in opposite directions. For a man, to be successful in the world is also to win sex, love, family, and children. For a woman, to be successful in the world has been to lose them.
That’s changing some as more men find accomplishment attractive and desirable in a mate.