Archive for March, 2007
There is a new phenomenon that is very disturbing. In fact, this new development even has the Arabic news station Al Jazeera scratching its head since we are suppose to be a leader in gender equality. I am talking about the latest trend called Purity Balls.
A Purity Ball has all the ingredients of any nicely prepared formal ball. There are flowing gowns and black tuxes, practiced dancing to lively music and white candles sparkling throughout the ballroom. This is all very lovely.
Those attending a Purity Ball are young women with their fathers as their dates, and as they swirl about on the dance floor, it is no doubt a sight that would warm even the coldest of hearts. At first glance, it would appear that this event is simply an opportunity for dads to have some quality time with their little girls and perhaps get to know them a little better…
When I talk about issues that effect women, 99 percent of the time my focus is rightly on how the current patriarchal system has twisted reality to the point that both men and women often mistakenly believe that females are less valuable to society than males.
However, this time I want to touch on an issue that is very harmful to women worldwide and that – although it is still a by-product of patriarchal rule – is perpetuated by women. I am speaking of women who willingly chose to enter into a relationship with a married man even when she knows he has a wife and family.
The mistress role is one of the most degrading relationships in which a woman can choose to become involved, yet every day millions of women do it willingly and in the process hurt the cause of women severely…
I just read about this interesting turn of events in the UK:
Hundreds of thousands of men working in the the public sector are facing salary cuts of up to £15,000 a year as equal pay agreements take effect, The Times has learnt.
Compensation claims for up to 1.5 million workers could cost the taxpayer more than £10 billion and mean that male staff lose up to 40 per cent of their salary.
Up to 700,000 female council workers, a similar number of NHS workers and tens of thousands of teaching assistants and Ministry of Defence staff are now eligible for equal pay settlements stretching back over six years.
This is very interesting. It struck me that this type of move will only make men even more resistant to equal pay for women when it touches their own wallets. I expected this to come a different way. I most certainly didn’t expect it to seem like the men are being punished so that the women can have equal pay, which is what this new settlement will do.
While I am ruthless when it comes to fighting for equal pay, I just don’t think this just is smart move at all.