Originally posted by BoatphoneThat is because there are more men in positions of higher power, and thus have higher pay. But that is
changing and more and more women are gaining access to the highest levels of power.
Not entirely, and not entirely. For instance, women programmers with the same experience as men are often paid less, are not put in charge of teams
as often and aren't thought of as "serious programmers" (or are thought of as "expendable programmers") because it's believed they aren't the
primary wage earner of any family. It's often "adjusted" in favor of the guys in peer reviews, where your performance determines your raise. At
my old job, we watched as a guy who slept at his desk and had numerous complaints by his customers kept his job and was given raises while the woman
who fixed his mistakes and was highly thought of by his customers was downsized when the company ran into financial trouble.
This ain't an isolated incident.
I should note that many people blame it on women's "lifestyle choices" -- they earn less because they take off time to have babies (as though the
alternative is to give birth right there in the middle of the break room and then go back to loading the forklift) and because they drop out to take
care of elderly parents when they have a health crisis. Women are usually the ones who stay home with sick children.
Now we are told this is a "lifestyle choice" and that it's the reason why our wages are lower.
Feminists say "nonsense" to that, and that BOTH parents should be encouraged by society to share the duties. Not to make it an "oh, the kid is
sick so we call mommy to pick them up. We can't bother daddy at work but it's okay to bother mommy."
But just for the sake of argument if that "wage gap" is true, is that 23 cents the only thing that feminists what to change??
Oh no. Among the other things:
- the perception that women who get raped "asked for it" (the case of the Duke lacrosse team, here, who felt that hiring a woman as a stripper then
meant she was also going to have sex with them, whether or not she wanted to have sex with them.)
- game concepts such as "grand theft auto" where you (the handsome and dynamic males) manage a string of prostitutes as part of the game scenario
(and you threaten them or beat them to get money/information.)
- women as unthinking followers of any male in the landscape.
- we're not fond of pornography because it's so one-sided as a rule.
- the concept that the only women worth considering have large breasts, tiny bodies, have blue eyes and blonde hair and are between the ages of 16 and
- across the world, the idea that little girl children are sold into slavery, raped, abused, abandoned or killed because girls are not as desired as
- making sure that if someone works at a low wage job, that it is at least a living wage (they can pay rent and bills and afford food for a month.)
- making sure no child gets left behind in terms of health care.
- making sure no child has to go to school hungry because the household is too poor to buy food.
- active participation in the political process.
- more women film directors, movie producers, tv series writers and producers. In fact, more women in all creative fields (this has changed since the
1970's, when, in order to get a job as a cover artist for a book or a writer of science fiction, westers, or ANYthing other than romance or the
occasional mystery, you had to be a man. It's not that women couldn't write -- it's just that the editors wouldn't buy it. Ditto artists (the
comic book world is in some respects still very hard to crack, except in the indies.), more women orchestra conductors.
- encouraging women to go into engineering, robotics, computer science, programming or any other field they like (I remember the days when I was the
*only* woman at computer conferences -- except for the doll-like models who stood at the displays and smiled and played "hostess" and steered you to
the guys who told you all about the product.)
- the right for any woman to select the kind of birth control she wants, and to NOT have that dictated by the religious beliefs of the pharmacist or
- that if a woman choses an abortion because the guy didn't believe in condoms or in sticking around to raise a child, that she should get good
counseling in all options and if she opts for it, a safe and legal medical abortion.
- that violence against any partner in a relationship is wrong and poisonous to the relationship and society and victims need counseling and they need
safe houses and a way out (feminsits started the women's shelters.)
- that a woman has a right to walk in a public place without having to put up with loud and lewd sexual comments (or ugly, bigoted comments about her
shape, race, or whatever.)
- that these issues are not issues only for American women, but are for all people.
I could go on, but that's kind of the basics. More here:
[edit on 28-4-2006 by Byrd]