Justice for minorities

Suppose Donald Trump were handicapped (physically) would life become easier for all the handicapped people in the United States?

This question is in reaction to an opinion piece in the Guardian defending the leaders of the British Labour Party’s youth movement for organizing a conference from which straight, white, and able-bodied men were barred because “Luckily for them, they are not oppressed in politics.” As an older, white, straight and formerly able-bodied male this blogger feels uncomfortable with this article not because I am not eligible to attend but because I think it is a misguided way to solve problems.

I have three concerns.man-in-wheelchair-800px

The first is a fundamental problem with a parliamentary system, that of asking one person to represent a group. Most electoral areas have within them a range of interests and opinions. The person who gets elected may represent some of them but maybe not even everyone who voted for him or her. Some representatives use their position to support the interests of just a few friends. Most of us wear several different hats and it is expecting lot to expect an elected representative to wear all the hats worn by his/her  constituents.

A second concern is that I like to make distinction between speaking for and speaking about a group. This came up in Canada recently when it was found that a writer who had written novels about native people had a minimum if any of native blood in his body. He was being asked by media to speak for native people some of whom objected to this. This blogger lived on an Indian reserve for four years and knows the truth is that nobody can speak for all natives because they are a diverse group of people with vastly different life experiences. However some people, myself included, can speak about natives and some of us may see things differently from how they see themselves. When these young people exclude some people from their conference they may be excluding some very caring and knowledgeable people. Some of the excluded people may be hurt by this policy. Two wrongs do not make a right.

My third concern is that we all have disabilities and there is lots of injustice in this world. Probably most of us experience some injustice during our lives. Who is to say one person’s disabilities or injustices are worse than another’s? We should be sympathetic to all disabilities and oppose all injustice. Is it legitimate to ask governments to correct all injustices? That is asking for a lot intrusion into our lives.

An article in a recent The Economist about women in the board rooms of European corporations says there is little evidence that wide-spread quotas for directors has either improved corporate performance or done anything for women at lower levels of the corporation. This is not promising for those who want minorities to be more represented in government.

It appears this conference was trying to address two issues by not allowing some people to attend. Politics is highly competitive and complex. One way to win any competition is to eliminate the opposition. The other issue is injustice which most of us have to deal with. That too is a complex issue . There may be more rewarding ways to deal with injustice than trying to win elections.

If Donald Trump lived in a wheelchair my guess is that he would still be Donald Trump and about half the people would still hate him.

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Rape and the battle of the sexes

This one is a little off topic but if The Economist can run an article on rape, then I can comment on it.

Most of us  are sexual people to some extent or the other and in some way or the other.  thus there are a lot of variations.   The variations could include men who want their partners to be willing and women who want a little bit of force.

Rape is only one part of the battle of the sexes.   There are a lot of women who are liars, selfish,  inconsiderate, or dominate and these women can cause a lot of grief to their partners, probably even more so if marriage is involved.

Recently while on a cruise we took an excursion to a native village.   Having had some experience with natives in British Columbia where it has been said some 90 per cent of the people have experienced sexual abuse, I was wondering if these natives had similar experiences.

On the bus ride to this village we were told that by the age of 14 most of the girls had two children.  It would appear that sexual abuse just did not exist for them.

I consider it wrong to force one’s sexual values, morals or practices upon others.

There is an old “Confucius say” line that rape is impossible because a woman can  run faster with her pants up than a man with his pants down

 

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Women in the boardroom and real power

An article in this week’s The Economist discusses the “problem” of so few women in the boardrooms of European companies.

It may be that there are so few women in the boardroom and at higher management levels because women are smarter than men in that they don’t want the stress and responsibility.

I figure that if you look at society as a whole rather than just the business world we live in a highly matriarchal society.

Most women realize that the real power is in values and relationships and this is where they really dominate.  When little girls play with dolls they learn that they can have relationships in which they have total control over the thoughts and actions of the other  party.

It is a lot less stressful to leave business to the men and put the pressure on them.  That is smart.

Women in the boardroom

The Economist has  an article examining why there are so few women the board rooms and executive levels of business.

It may be there are so few women in the higher ranks of business because many women are smarter than men and know better than to take on the extra repsonsiibility and  stress.  Some women also know there are more subtle and effective ways to get what their way.

Why does Canada have so few female CEOs?

This question is the topic for  a Globe and Mail online discussion.

There are two simple answers.  Most women are smarter than men and know that the stresses of senior management are not worth it.  They also know that if one wants power it is more effectived to remain in the background and manipulate the men.

 

Initiating relationships

A news report of a trend for American women in their 40s through 60s to date younger men brings forth two theories.

The first is that as we grow older there is a change in balance of power between the sexes. When we are younger, girls have a much greater choice of partners than do males because they can date all those guys who are older than them. However, as we age this balance changes as the guys die off (faster than women do) and as every year a new group of young girls become available. This along with the economic prosperity of our times allows men to become more assertive within relationships.

Could it be that we live in a highly matriarchal society and feminism is a reaction to male assertiveness?

The second theory is that women quietly initiate relationships even though they let men think otherwise. Some years ago there was a report of research by a sociologist watching the initiation of relationships in a bar. It was noticed that women looking for somebody would look over the field, make a choice and place themselves in a suitable location. The first touch was very important and any guy who touched first was probably doomed. Since reading this I have been very sensitive where women place themselves and to being touched. I tend to believe the research. It appears that men don’t have much choice about initiating relationships and all we can do is run away. Smart guys are very picky and develop good running skills.

A few years ago we met a just retired couple. He like to talk and occasionly told the story of how he met his wife. I often wonder what her version was but so long as he was around there was no way to hear it. This summer, his wife, now a widow, came to visit with her best friend from childhood. When I asked I heard repeated his version. When I pushed a little, the friend explained that on these matters women have “secret” stories.

I still believe that generally women initiate relationships.

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