The most disheartening part of this:
Today, Equal Pay Day, marks the wage gap: the fact that full-time women workers earn 77 percent of what full-time male workers do. One major reason is job segregation by sex. Jobs themselves are gendered, such that women have a tendency to enter feminized occupations and men have a tendency to enter masculinized occupations. How severe is job segregation by sex? In 2010, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research reported that about about 4 in 10 women work in jobs that are 75 percent female; the reverse is true for men.
at least to me, is the mere fact that we even have an “equal pay day.” It should not be necessary. At all.
I’m amazed on an almost daily basis that in this, the 21st century, we still have such things as this going on. I am amazed and disheartened that there are still such prejudices and inequalities.
I feel the same way when I hear racist comments. Pretty much anytime I hear some tea partier open their mouth. I just don’t get it. I never really have, but the older I get, the less I understand it.
I’ve written about religious-based discrimination against gays and lesbians before. I’ve written about the things people say about disabled people. And even about the outright racist things even our politicians — mostly tea party folks, but not exclusively — say.
It’s the 21st century for cryin’ out loud!
But back to the main topic at hand. Equal pay. Why is this so hard to do? Since it’s mostly men in charge still (sad but true, really) I challenge all my fellow men — but the ones with actual power and influence, unlike me — to do something about it. If you’re a manager, go through your organization. See if women are paid less. If they are, FIX IT. Take an honest look at the kinds of jobs you provide for men vs. women. Does your organization hire women as “Administrative Assistants” and men for other jobs? Then find a way to pay your administrative assistance more.
Believe me, the admins run the place. Don’t believe me? Try this little experiment. Piss off the admin. I mean seriously piss off the admin. Then see how much gets done. Even if you’re the CEO, don’t imagine for a minute that you can do it without your admin(s). If you’re nodding your head, and your admin is a woman, then give her a massive pay increase. Commensurate with the power and influence and level of control she actually has.
There is simply no rational reason that there is a pay-gap between men and women. For the same work, for the same education, there should be no pay gap at all. From a Mom’s Rising email:
“Women will never make as much money as men…God made Adam first, and so women would always be second to men.” “If you would wear lower cut shirts…., you would probably get more pay.” 
Men say these things at work? Really? Dunno, but my reaction would be to a) record the comment and then b) punch the offending neanderthal squarely in the throat. There is no excuse for such things. NONE. EVER.
I’ve come up with my new term for bullying, complete with its own handy acronym: REprehensible Cowardly Thugs are Ugly and Mean. RECTUM. That’s what I’m going to call bullies from now on. RECTUMs.
I hope it catches on.
You can’t tell, but he has a little “micro goatee” under his chin that is adorable. And when you scratch his cheeks, he furrows his nose so much he gets a deep crease down the middle. He’s also got one blue eye and one yellow eye. And two sharp 90° turns in his tail so it looks like a periscope going by.
Yes, he’s flawed. But he’s perfect. He’s Pickles, Our Big White Cat.
I’ve been writing and responding to email all day using gmail motion and I feel like I’ve run a marathon!
I’m not sure this is as good an idea as google says it is, but I’m sure we’ll all get used to it someday.
This is actually more intelligible than a conversation with a Glenn Beck listener when you get right down to it.
Ok, admit it, you laughed.
So I pay my taxes. I don’t even grumble about it. It’s my duty — even my patriotic duty — as a citizen to do so. There is no Interstate Highway Fairy. No FAA Fairy, No magic Leprechaun that brings pots of gold to pay for vital programs. It’s my country. I pay for it. And I don’t complain about it like the Tea Party “Patriots” that seem to think everything should be free.
What I AM going to complain about, and complain about loudly and continuously, is those that do not pay their taxes. Like, for instance, General Electric. That’s right, GE. And not only does GE pay no income tax on it’s over $14 billion in profits last year, but it turns out that GE is the new face of the Welfare Queen. They not only didn’t pay any Income Tax, they actually got $3.2 billion in money BACK from the Federal Government.
So, if that’s how things work, then I want my taxes back. And I want a refund of 60% of my net salary, too.
No, I don’t. I really don’t. But what I do want is for GE to give back the $3.2 billion, and pay, say, 25% of their $14.2 billion in profits in income tax. 25% seems fair. More than fair, actually, since they rightfully should be in the top tax bracket. So I’m cutting them some slack, really.
And before you start saying that making GE pay its fair share of taxes would be some sort of “job killer” keep in mind that GE has been doing just fine killing jobs here in good old America all on its own, with a 60% refund on it’s net profits and no taxes.
I think Jon Stewart said it best, frankly:
Too bad the other ‘news’ channels haven’t paid much attention.
“People who believe that cruelty is an acceptable means to channel interpersonal conflict, often suffer from severe narcissism with an antisocial element,” she says.
Sums it all up. Having been through a rather extreme case of this myself, I am here to tell you that the other people involved were most certainly suffering from severe narcissism with anti-social elements. In spades. But mostly they are just immature, scared, angry little people without self-control, compassion, or the courage to say/do these things in real life, so they hide behind their computers where they feel ‘safe’ and ‘tough.’
But the case referenced above is way over the top. A 33 year-old adult bullying a dying 7 year old is beyond the pale. The article calls it ‘cyberbullying’ but it was going on in the little girl’s driveway, so it was not ‘cyber’ in nature. It was just flat-out bullying. And the other neighbors that saw this going on and did nothing to stop it, like in another previous post, should be just as culpable.
Christopher Hitchens makes some very good points. Really hard to argue that out of the last 100,000 years of human history (or 250,000, depending on whom you believe) God only decided to intervene in the last 3,000 or so years, and then only with the illiterate, barbaric, backwards folk (s)he did. Odd, really.
Watch for yourself.
I can’t figure it out either.
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