Our thanks to Mike for pointing us to a truly woeful piece by a female journalist (what are the chances?) in the Telegraph.
The winter edition of a magazine published by Bonham’s, an auction house, states this:
It is a truth now universally acknowledged that women artists, both dead and living, are woefully undervalued.
Universally acknowledged? I think not.
How would such an analysis work out in another open market, if professional football clubs were required by law to consider female players as well as male players for their teams? The overwhelming majority of players – if not all of them – would be male, and paid (on average) a great deal more than female players (on average). Given a feminist analysis, that pay gap would be an ‘anomaly’ which left female players ‘woefully undervalued’.
The Law of Supply and Demand – it’s a problem, isn’t it?
Here’s an idea. I keep reading that 70-80% of money spent with retailers is spent by women, although women collectively earn less than 30% of income earned in the UK. Where are these women getting the rest of their money from? It’s a mystery, and that’s a fact. Why don’t these women start pooling their money and buying works by prominent female artists, thereby driving the prices up, so those artists are no longer ‘woefully undervalued’? How difficult could that be? More difficult than whining, certainly…