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May 1, 2009

Just unsubscribed from NOW’s email list.  It got old.  They were constantly telling me to be outraged about a small pay gap which may or may not be due entirely to women taking time off to have kids, or how I should be angry that we don’t have perfect parental leave laws.
Yeah, don’t get me wrong, there is rampant sexism in this country, but hardly any of it is institutionalized.  The challanges we face are social, and to a huge extent subconscious.  There isn’t a lot of room left for regulations to make sweeping changes.
Life isn’t so good in most of the rest of the world.  Afganistan may or may not leave in place a law saying that (for a portion of the population) if a woman is married, then she must have sex when her husband wants to, and therefore making it impossible for a husband to rape his wife in the legal sense.  The children of these familes are the girls dodging acid in the streets as they attempt to go to school.
Around the world women are seen and treated as property, and American women are trying to get me outraged about the pay gap.  There are better things to worry about.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 2, 2009 4:31 am

    Just to put it in perspective: It’s actually illegal to even be homosexual in some countries, yet we get so outraged about gay marriage rights.
    You bring up an interesting point, but I don’t think that the fact that someone somewhere has it worse makes it unimportant to face injustice and inequality here, especially since we can actually do something about it because we live in a free country.

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