Um, That’s Not Fair

Dutch primatologist and ethologist Frans de Waal organized a study about ten years ago involving monkeys, capuchins, specifically, and equally pay. He found that these primitive mammals would not stand for unequal pay and when given a task would no longer accept payment unless it was equal to that of their cohorts. Recently, he and his scientists performed the same study with fresh monkeys to see if the principle still held. Turns out, these capuchins believe in equal pay just as much as the previous generation.

In his study, each monkey is given a rock and asked to return it. Upon receipt of the token they get a slice of cucumber. The monkeys are completely content with this water-logged prize and will repeat the task at least 25 times. At this point, one of the monkeys is given a shiny purple grape in return for performing the task. Watch the video to see what happens when one monkey’s work is privileged over the other monkey’s. It is astounding!


Just complete rejection! It’s amazing how after one turn the capuchin monkey will not stand for unequal pay. I’m not quite sure what exactly this says about humans and the gender crisis involved with equal pay. Women are still not receiving as much as men and it seems quite silly, no? Maybe we just need to start throwing cucumber slices in some faces so our voices will be heard. Sounds like a reasonable option.


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