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An interesting anlysis of US policy towards Asia - Journal of Omnifarious

Mar. 22nd, 2005

07:58 am - An interesting anlysis of US policy towards Asia

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I found a really interesting link to an article, The real 'China threat', and I wanted to save the link in my journal. But, I figured some of you might find it interesting too.

Another random, interesting link I want to save: Why Men Earn More

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From:maatnofret
Date:March 22nd, 2005 09:45 am (UTC)
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From:omnifarious
Date:March 22nd, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)

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First, it raises the questions: why are women are still expected to do most, if not all, child care? No one ever questions this. The man who ponders the question of how to balance his career and his family is extremely rare.

This is true. Though I don't think there's any real getting around having a woman be responsible for all child-care from -9 months until 0 and most child-care until the child is 12-24 months old. That's a LOT of time, and a woman can work for much of that time, but it will still be a hit on her productivity.

And for the author to deny that there is discrimination--bullshit. If there's no discrimiation, how is it that blue-collar workers earn so much more than pink-collar workers? Jobs that are traditionally seen as "women's work" e.g. secretarial, are lower-paying jobs. Also, it's sexist attitudes and low expectations that prevent women from going into high-paying blue collar jobs. (This is slowly changing, though.) The military is especially bad. The rape/assault rate in the military is much higher than in the general population, and the chance for advancement? Hah. The fastest way to get promoted is to serve in combat, and what the author is't mentioning is that women usually aren't allowed in combat, and if they are it's in a limited way.

He's talking about discrimination within a particular field, and treating discrimination affecting which fields women are in as a separate issue. I think this is a wise approach as it addresses the actual problem instead of blanketly stating that women are underpaid as compared to men.

The author is right about one thing, though. We do seem to see men as more expendable than women. Rather than encourage women to risk their lives and health, though, maybe we should (wherever possible) make these high-risk jobs less dangerous for everyone. Or, maybe women are smarter for knowing that their health and life are worth more than whatever some employer is willing to pay them to destroy it.

Or maybe a man's life is actually less important than a woman's. Which is more important, the ability to make sperm, or having a functioning womb?

One interesting thing about risks... When we try to control them with things like seat belt laws and such, people just up the riskiness of their behavior to compensate. If you try to make some men's jobs safer, I predict that men will gravitate towards jobs that hasn't been done with. Perhaps they will instead engage in risky activities outside of work, but I think that outcome would overall be bad for society.

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