The choices made by Kansas and Maryland could provide something of a real-time test of the prevailing political theories of taxing and spending — though it could be years before the results are in.
In light of the recent Atlantic article that got every mother whose baby lives in her briefcase in a stir, here is a spliced up conversation about feminism with a former Smith College roommate and current mother -
I agree that this issue is far beyond that of simply feminism - it is the product of a narrow goal - money - the false idea that it is the only thing that can bring us happiness. I think we have convinced ourselves out of our own power (as women) in some ways -
One could also argue that for someone doling out money, aka an employer, who wants someone who will fall into line, be easily controlled and predictable - turns out men fit the bill! :) Feminine values are more unordered, more emotional and more intuitive, which makes sense when you think about being the ones who have babies. That is the only way we are able to understand their needs before they can talk. The thing is that both sides of the coin are important.
I think there are a lot of ways to look at the problem of inequality between the sexes, some of which totally ignore the power of motherhood, because the ‘value’ of this society is MONEY. And whomever is willing to sacrifice all else in pursuit of it is guaranteed a place at that table. As a ‘whole’ human though, whether male or female, they have sacrificed a lot else in pursuit of a narrow goal…like this first quote you put in the email. Anyone who is willing to live that way will get what they were aimed at, though they may not be happy when they get there! And to be fair, it IS more challenging for a woman since she will only get paid a percentage in most cases, of her male counterparts.
But I think a lot of people do have these aims, at least moreso these days - it’s sort of like a slow unwinding from our previous concepts of an office to go to, the men as breadwinners, this golden era idea of the nuclear family. We are still figuring shit out as a society, with so many people and cultural beliefs being squished together. With the internet, there is less need to go in to an office…which means doing work from home is more business friendly.
I think the most important thing you can be armed with is a mind that can analyze the world and its inequalities, but rejects the internalization of those inequalities…that is the only way to combat them.
Sometimes I really feel like the biggest problem this country has is the idea that it can control the world - through the military, through vaccinations, through whatever. But all control is an illusion. We are glorified monkeys pretending we know how to build a society.
This is a photo of two monkeys. Happy 4th of July!!
The proprietor of Gawker, Nick Denton, who over the years has published gossip that Mr. Cooper is gay, wrote on Monday, “It’s awesome that the calculation has changed this much: that it’s now more embarrassing to remain in the closet than it is to come out.
Bryan Fischer has a cure for AIDS, and despite being fired from his own church, is instrumental in making staff and policy decisions for the Romney campaign without ever talking to anyone at the campaign. Is he God? No - but you should fear him!
The American Family Association hasn’t made headlines in the last couple years like they used to. Part of the reason for that is their outlandish, anachronistic cultural stance (read: racist, sexist, homophobic misreading of the Bible and insistence on its insertion into the constitution.) But they are the driving force behind the Republican primaries and why seemingly rational Republicans who just want fewer taxes and a bigger Dept. of Defense start advocating for school prayer and DOMA.
NPR and The New Yorker recently highlighted the AFA’s Director of Issues Analysis, Bryan Fischer, and one thing’s for sure - this man is interesting! (He’s a lot of other things tool, but I’ll leave that for you to decide.) Having been fired from a church he founded for being too sexist (he wouldn’t allow women to teach Sunday school), he still wields a lot of power. Most recently, he was behind the Romney campaign’s forcing resignation on their foreign policy spokesperson, Richard Grenell, because Grenell is gay. But the investigative pieces go way beyond sodomy…