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Female ski jumpers in 2010?

January 7, 2008 2 comments

The Vancouver Olympics in 2010 may see the first instance of female ski jumpers. There is a lot of pressure towards the International Olympic Committee to allow this to happen, but the IOC says that the sport falls short of basic standards; however, there is a similar men’s competition.

Canadian politicians, among others, are really pushing for this to happen, simply because they see no reason why it shouldn’t, because equality is an important issue in British Columbia and Canada as a whole.

Harry Bains, a New Democratic member of the B.C. legislature, says leaving women out of the competition in Vancouver and Whistler goes against Canadian values, which he noted are committed to providing equality for all.

I definitely agree. I didn’t even realize that there was no competition for women in ski jumping. There is absolutely no reason why there shouldn’t be. Why would ski jumping only be a man’s things? Yeah, it doesn’t make sense. It’s good to see that people are pushing for this, because the world of sport is definitely not equal between men and women. Let’s hope for the best!

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Lucy Liu feels bad for men

January 7, 2008 1 comment

Hm. Lucy Liu has pulled a “women are so confusing, making men more confused” kinda thing. This is what she said:

I think men are in some ways a little bit confused but I don’t mean that in a bad way. There was a time when they were expected to open the door for a woman and pay for dinner and do all of those things. Now they don’t really know what to do.

Well, firstly, it’s courteous for anyone to open doors for anyone else. Gender doesn’t matter. But car doors…ugh. I’m personally not that patient, and since I’m a capable human being, I can get myself out of a car. But really, can’t men, and everyone else understand that we simply want to be treated as an equal? No, you don’t have to banish all “romantic” gestures or whatever you want, but just don’t look down on us and treat us in an inferior way.

Not too difficult.

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Go, New Jersey!

November 12, 2007 Leave a comment

It’s pretty self-explanatory!

New Jersey voters have elected a record 34 women lawmakers to the 120-member state legislature. Before last week’s election, women made up less than 20% of New Jersey’s state legislature. With the newly elected women, that number will jump to 28%.

New Jersey is now in 15th place in terms of female representation, along side California and Connecticut. Previously, it was in 43rd place, along side with Alabama and Mississippi.

Feminism, dead?

November 9, 2007 Leave a comment

The first line of this article made me sigh. Feminism is supposedly dead, and there’s a big thank goodness for that, coming from this particular writer.

One. Feminism is not dead. I think that’s rather clear. If feminism were dead, men and women all around the world would be frolicking (ok, not literally) around in a field of equality, tolerance, and freedom. And unfortunately, feminists are still being stereotyped as the “frizzy-haired women who refuse to shave their legs” and the bra-free women that they are. I, personally, cannot go without a bra, although I am jealous at women who can afford to occassionally go without one.

This writer has clearly been midinformed her whole life about feminists and feminism in general. This is no huge attack on her, but the society that we are all raised in.

It’s the 21st century, feminists are not that hairy-legged stereotype, nor it is feminism dead. Get over it.

India is trying for gender equality

November 3, 2007 1 comment

India is one of those Asian countries that have “missing daughters” and the government is attempting to end this gender discrimination.

One of their fist plans is to have incentives for family with daughters. This has been submitted to the Planning Commission by the Women and Child Development Ministry.

In an effort to reduce gender discrimination against girl children, the government plans to provide cash and non-cash incentives to parents in backward districts to encourage them to register the birth of daughters, send them to school regularly and not rush them into marriage as soon as they are 18 years old.

Considering girls deserve to be registered at birth, just like boys and they also deserve an education, I am very much in support of this. I just hope that some Indian families will see these incentives as a good thing and take them!

The gross enrollment rate of the girl child in schools is still lower than boys’ and their dropout rate very high. According to the National Family Health Survey-3, 57 per cent of girls are married before the legally marriageable age of 18. In some backward areas, the proportion of child marriages is as high as 80 per cent of marriages of girls.

These statistics are definitely discouraging and shocking. Recently, I’ve been reading Gandhi’s autobiography, and he had a child marriage, of course this was in the 1800’s and it was hell. I can’t even imagine child marriages still occurring, as they obviously aren’t in the best interest of any child.

Anyway, this plan is going to discussed on November 8 by the Committee. My hope is that this will actually be able to bring some more gender equality, while it’s not much, it really is a start. Ultimately, no family should feel they need incentives to have daughters, or keep her in school, but if this is the way things need to be done, then so be it.

Second generation daughters prospering…kinda, not really

October 31, 2007 Leave a comment

Accoring to Statistics Canada, daughters of immigrants are more likely to prosper than sons of immigrants. And they are even earning more than daughters of Canadian-born parents.

Taking education levels into account, Dr. Palameta found that young women with two immigrant parents earned wages about 15 per cent higher than did young women with Canadian-born parents.

But…

Jeffrey Reitz, an immigration expert and professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, cautions against thinking second-generation women are doing particularly well, though.

He says most analyses of minority women show greater gains in earning because these women are compared with a broader group of other women, who still experience lower wages and salaries than men.

But for men, the comparison is with “mainstream men who are the best paid people in the work force – they’re the ones monopolizing all the best jobs.”

When I was reading the beginning of the article, I was thinking “Yeah, I’m not surpried. My university is a white minority and many, many of population are 2nd generation Canadians”. But then reading on made me realize that women are still not prospering, because this study didn’t even compare against men’s income and job status. Ridiculous. It’s definitely a deceptive study. When people will see this, they’ll thing “Oh great! This is more equality for women!”, when really, there’s no equality here. Women are still making comparatively less than men…and this is one reason why feminism still has to exist. Sad.

Where have we seen this before…?

October 28, 2007 Leave a comment

This is pretty cool.

The first lady in Argentina will most likely win the presidency. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is currently the wife of President Nestor Kirchner, who stepped aside so that she could run. Sure, there might be political reasons behind it, as the article states that they might like the idea of “holding power for as many as four consecutive four-year terms.” But I’ll take it. She’s been a Senator for three-terms, so it definitely seems like this couple has been running the country! I sense some equality, which is fantastic. And it’s also great to know that the Argentine people are ready for their 2nd woman president!