Hoax Alert: Women NOT Paid Less Because They're Smaller

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

Feminists are upset because a spokesman from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) supposedly said women should earn lower salaries than men because "there is less of them to pay". The supposed reason for the gender pay gap, according to this unnamed man, is the following:

Men - real men - eat more. They need bigger clothes, bigger cars, bigger houses.

They have to replace their laptops and iPhones more often, because they crush them with their giant hands, and it takes twice as much to get them happily drunk on a Friday night.

It would be terribly sexist, not to mention offensive and unprofessional if this was really the official point of view of the CBI. But none of it is true and nobody at CBI that we know of ever spoke these words. The entire story is a hoax by well known British satirical website The Daily Mash. They say as much on their 'about' page:

About the Daily Mash

The Daily Mash is a satirical website which publishes spoof articles, i.e. it is all made-up and is not intended, in any way whatsoever, to be taken as factual. Glad we've got that sorted.

So don't be fooled like all these people were, no matter your gender or size:


  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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