In what was either a moment of finals week delirium or a stroke of sheer brilliance, I managed to work Taco Bell into my Women’s & Gender Studies final.
In the essay portion I was discussing pay discrimination and the Gender-Wage gap. I wanted to illustrate a real life situation where a woman making 77 cents for every dollar a man makes would be upsetting.
Before I could even fully comprehend what I was doing, my (already cramping) hand started writing out a full-on example.
The following is a paraphrased and improved version of what I wrote on my exam; thanks to T-Bell’s online menu and an online sales tax calculator website that looks like it was created in 1992.
They go to Taco Bell. With $3.85 the woman can get what? A Mexican Pizza? A Nacho Bellgrande?
These are hard times.
Let’s say she get’s a chicken quesadilla. That’s $3.29 and with tax she can still afford it with 29 cents to spare.
So, great, now she has some extra change to weigh her purse or pockets down. That blows. Actually, jk, if you live in San Luis Obispo then this is a good thing because there are parking meters FREAKING EVERYWHERE.
Pros and cons.
The dude on the other hand, he can get a Chicken Quesadilla AND the $1.19 Cheesy Nachos, this lucky bastard.
His total will come out to $4.85 and he too will have meter change. These guy gets TWO ITEMS. TWO! He’s set. If you are sober then this is the perfect amount of food.
But Lord knows the woman will down her chicken quesadilla in less than 5 minutes because they are nowhere near big enough and basically slide down your throat if you put on enough Mild Sauce.
Mr. Two-Item is going to take at least 10 minutes, in fact, it would be worth it for him to sit down and grab a water cup and people-watch while he’s at it.
I WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS.
I take my Taco Bell very seriously.
Anybody who was there when my mom accidentally ate my Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco on my 21st birthday knows this.
In fact, I signed a damn Change.org petition for there to be a taco emojii in the next line of of emojiis that are released (has there been any updates on this?? does anyone know???)
In conclusion, when you think of 77 cents to the dollar it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but if you put it in a bigger perspective ($3.85 to the $5.00) then it is clear why the disparity in pay between genders is an issue.
^^ #sarcasm, but also, seriously.
In further conclusion, if you are reading this and comment with some BS about how I’m belittling the Gender-Wage gap, I swear to you I’m not.
Or if you are an Internet troll who wants to correct me on my Taco Bell menu knowledge or intensive mathematical calculations, just know that you are wrong.
Just kidding, you might be right. Because truth be told, I didn’t actually play out every item-price scenario (shocking I know) because, well, I have two more finals to go and I want to keep my GPA right where it is and asakd;ksfjhfhjsf I don’t answer to you.
Moral of the story: I want cheesy nachos too, assholes.