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Douglas Murray, a gay author, gets the facts wrong about gay money – and refuses to admit it

Douglas Murray’s The Madness of Crowds (Bloomsbury, 2019) is getting a lot of press in non-progressive circles. He’s appeared on two podcasts I’ve listened to repeating this claim in his book (p. 242):

What if people aren’t oppressed?

Perhaps instead of seeking out oppression and seeing oppression everywhere, we could start to exit the maze by noting the various “victim groups” that aren’t oppressed or are even advantaged. For instance, studies have shown that gay men and lesbian women consistently earn more on average than their heterosexual counterparts. There are a variety of possible reasons, not least the fact that most of them won’t have children and can put in the extra hours at the office[,] which benefits both them and their employer. Is this a gay advantage?

False. (Except for lesbians. But lesbians aren’t his point here.)

Cited research states the opposite of what Murray claims

Murray cites Marieka Klawitter 2014: “Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Sexual Orientation on Earnings.” I printed out that paper (again) and read it (again).

Klawitter’s paper (PDF) itself conclusively disproves Murray’s claim. Murray reports that this paper says the exact opposite of what it really says. I assume Murray never read the paper.

Excerpting Klawitter 2014 (copy-edited here):

So let’s look at Klawitter’s Table 1:

Summary statistics for meta-regression samples
Number of studies3429
Standard error2%2%
Range–30% to 0%–25% to +43%

The reasons for gay men’s lower incomes and earnings not only are well known and are documented on this Web site, they are partly explained in Klawitter’s paper itself: Gay males have higher average levels of education, but work fewer hours and choose female-dominated professions that pay lower.

Let’s recap

Let’s add another item: When Naomi Wolf gets a consequential fact wrong about homosexuality, she is excoriated in the media and her book almost gets pulped. It’s a scandal. When gay author Douglas K. Murray does the same, he gets away with murder.

Who couldn’t be bothered to respond to queries on this issue?

Well, obviously Douglas Murray is too important to acknowledge any error, least of all one of this magnitude. I used Murray’s contact form to alert him of this issue about two weeks ago. Insanely, that form demands that one accept future spam E‑mail just to send a message. But send it I did. Murray ignored me. (Even more oddly, he was in Canada as I wrote this.)

Everyone associated with The Madness of Crowds at publisher Bloomsbury refused to comment, all the way up to its CEO:

  1. Agent Matthew Hamilton
  2. Editors Robin Baird-Smith and Jamie Birkett
  3. CEO Nigel Newton

(Marieka Klawitter wouldn’t comment, either, after two queries.)

Posted: 2019.11.24