Friday, March 4, 2016

Finally

In more cheerful news, because I need to write about something nice to calm myself down, someone made an app that splits restaurant bills based on the various wage gaps. It's called EquiTable, because its goal is to create equity, not "equality." Expecting people to act as though equality exists when it clearly doesn't is, after all, ridiculous.

According to the app's website, "EquiTable helps you avoid the entrenched discrimination that exists in our society. It doesn't split the bill equally -- it splits it equitably. You pay what you should to balance out the wage gap." 
The app uses Bureau of Labor Statistics data in order to calculate who should pay what at the end of dinner or brunch, ensuring that those with less privilege (anyone whose not white and male, basically) pay less to eat.

It hasn't been launched yet, but when it is, it'll be a great way to piss of those privilege-denying white dudes in your life!

It's not clear whether this app includes sexual orientation and gender identity. I don't know if those statistics even exist within the Bureau of Labor. But it does take into account gender and race, deducting even more from the share of women of color than from white women, since they get paid less than white women on average. Men of color, of course, pay less than white men.

The individual who came up with the idea and leads the app team is a black woman, Luna Malbroux. She's a comedian, artist, and talk show host. And generally awesome person. Can't wait to pick up her app.

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