The Corpus Callosum

Feminism and Collapse

The impetus for this post came from a confluence of stimuli, as is usually the case.   Recently I received a book, a biography
of J. Robert Oppenheimer (American Prometheus, by Kai Bird and Martin
J. Sherwin).  The book describes the persecution of Oppenheimer
during the Red Scare in postwar USA.  The current global and
perpetual war on terrorism shows us that such persecution still simmers.

I also read a post about matronizing, on the blog Mad Melancholic Feminista.  The post reminded me that the war between the sexes also simmers.

At this point in time, were are a few years into an economic crisis (home sales in the USA began to decline in 2005). 
The effects of this have become obvious only recently.  The full
effects will not be known for some time, perhaps another couple of
years.  Although the effects remain unknown, it probably is safe
to anticipate that the crisis will bring out both the best — and the
worst — in our society.

The crisis sometimes is compared to the great depression.  But
there have been some significant changes in society since the
1930’s.  Specifically, there has been progress in race relations,
and in parity between men and women.

The big question is this: will the progress in these two areas be maintained in the crisis, or will there be setbacks? 

I would like to think that the progress has made our society
stronger.  It could turn out, that the greater opportunities
available to disadvantaged persons will enable them to make
contributions, and receive their due recognition.  This could lead
to further advances in social justice.  But it also is possible
that the crisis will be used as a pretext to turn back the clock, to
revert to the injustices and inequities that weakened the fabric of our
society for so many years.

There are some changes that we can anticipate.  For example, the
increasing rate of unemployment will lead to a decline in the number of
two-income families.  Will the job losses affect persons of one
gender disproportionately?  Perhaps more importantly, will job
creation programs benefit one gender disproportionately? 

Families will have to economize.  Many will chose to, or be forced
to, get by with only one car.  Many will end up relying more on
home cooked food, on labor-intensive food storage, and on home
gardening.  It may become increasingly economical to have one
person stay at home to do those things.  Will this have an effect
upon gender roles and biases?  Will these skills be valued as they
should be?

What effect will the economic crisis have on gender and race disparity
in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine? 
Will equality improve in these areas, or revert to the 20th-century
traditions?  Will these disciplines continue to show progress,
while manufacturing and service careers do not?  Am I being
elitist, to think that there would be a difference?

Job loss is a big risk factor for domestic violence.  Will this be an increasing problem?  What can be done about it?

Fascists and humanists and equally aware of this fact: the economic
shock will present opportunities to advance their respective
causes.  Which will win: the side with the big hearts, or the side
with the big guns?  (Not that these are mutually exclusive, taken
literally; metaphorically speaking, they tend to be.) 


  1. #1 Tim Worstall
    December 28, 2008

    “Will the job losses affect persons of one gender disproportionately?”

    We’re beginning to see an answer to that.

    We’re seeing more job losses amongst men than amongst women. I have a feeling (but absolutely no proof whatsoever) that the reason is something to do with the gender segregation in the workforce.

  2. #2 ZBK
    June 16, 2011

    America can never prosper again until the status of women is rolled back.

  3. #3 Ivan
    July 21, 2011

    Ich frage mich, wie es war, bis 20.000 Jahren leben? Arbeiten von früh bis spät und dafür, dass Sie versammelten sich genügend Nahrung, um den Winter zu überleben. Zeiten des Überflusses und Notzeiten. Wie viele der Menschen von heute, könnte damals überlebt?

  4. #4 Levi
    July 26, 2011

    Fiafraigh duit féin na ceisteanna seo. (1) a bheadh ​​Cén chuid den am atá thart ar mhaith leat chun cónaí i? (2) Cén fáth ar mhaith leat chun cónaí ag an am sin? Níorbh fhéidir (3) leat maireachtáil san am sin ag baint úsáide as ach na huirlisí agus an trealamh atá ar fáil ag an am sin?

  5. #5 Kelly
    July 28, 2011

    Die Dächer sind aus unterschiedlichen Materialien hergestellt. Holz, Stroh, Schiefer, Stein, Metall, Kunststoff und alles andere, die verwendet werden können. Meistens hängt, wo Sie sind in der Welt und wie viel Sie kaufen können, um welche Art von Dach haben Sie.

  6. #6 Doris
    August 2, 2011

    Biz təkamül yolu ilə, indi harada? Biz sivil olmaq və ya hələ də dağıdıcı səlahiyyətlərinin artırılması yolu enən edirsiniz? Bizim tibbi biliklərin hər bir müharibə leaps və həddi artır, lakin kimi çox kimi dağıdıcı hücum silahları. Bizim tibbi biliklərin bizim silah kimi sürətli kimi artmışdır, biz iki və ya daha çox əsrlər boyu canlı edə bilərsiniz.

  7. #7 Kenny
    August 8, 2011

    Las gerade über Ausschreitungen in London und in anderen Bereichen auf die BBC-Website. Sie sollen mit Gummigeschossen, CS-Gas und Pfefferspray, bis die Randalierer arbeitsunfähig sind. Dann liefern sie nach Afghanistan, damit sie lernen können, wie sie sich verhalten.

  8. #8 Lesley
    August 9, 2011

    Yalnız Londonda iğtişaşlar və BBC saytda digər sahələr barədə oxu olmuşdur. Bu rioters incapacitated qədər Onlar rezin güllə, CS qaz və bibər spreyi istifadə etməlidirlər. Sonra Əfqanıstana onlara gəmi onlar davranmaq necə öyrənə bilərsiniz.

  9. #9 Clare
    August 10, 2011

    Terfysgoedd unwaith eto rhwygo trwy nifer o ddinasoedd Lloegr. Bydd llawer o bobl yn troi i fyny ar gyfer eu man gwaith heddiw i ddod o hyd iddo ddrylliwyd neu’n waeth, dinistrio. Faint mwy o yn mynd i golli eu swyddi fel eu man gwaith gael ei ddinistrio? Dod yn y fyddin ac yn cael dim dal wahardd wrth ddelio â’r terfysgwyr. Maent eisiau brifo eraill trwy frics taflu a phethau eraill, felly dylai fod yr un fath drais yn ôl ar eu cyfer.

  10. #10 Kelly
    August 15, 2011

    My last week of working on the government scheme. 🙁 Back to the unemployment queue next week. The scheme was only for thirteen weeks and that ends in four days. Boredom and barely enough money to live on. 🙁 .

  11. #11 Gerrad
    August 18, 2011

    Dim ond dau ddiwrnod yn fwy ar ôl y diwrnod hwn o weithio ar y cynllun llywodraeth. 🙁 Yna yn ôl ar y ciw diweithdra wythnos nesaf wythnos tri ar ddeg o wneud gwaith a dim ond yn cael 45 y cant o’r isafswm cyflog ar ei gyfer a’r llywodraeth ryfeddodau pam nad yw’r cynllun yn boblogaidd Os byddaf yn cael ei dalu isafswm cyflog fyddai gen i! fwynhau yn fwy ac yn cael rhywfaint o arian a arbedir i fyny.

  12. #12 Stan
    August 19, 2011

    Olen visted Monet sivustot viime kolmetoista viikko sen kanssa työni, niin on tylsää ja muut mistyfing. Onko saada jonkin verran tietoa. Kuten, kun Japanissa muutama vuosi sitten, tulin niin lähellä Bamboo Forest Kiotossa. Se ärsytti minua, koska olisin halunnut visted sitä.

  13. #13 William
    August 22, 2011

    I dont comment frequently, but when I do it’s usually for some thing thats brilliant.

  14. #14 Josh
    August 24, 2011

    Employers, employees and manufactures of equipment or supplies are responsible in some way for health and safety.

  15. #15 Stan
    August 30, 2011

    An elderly couple were having dinner one evening when the husband reached across the table, took his wife’s hand in his and said , “Clara, soon we
    will be married 50 years and there’s something I have to know. In all of these 50 years, have you ever been unfaithful to me?”
    Clara replied, “Well, Paul, I have to be honest with you. Yes, I’ve been unfaithful to you three times during these 50 years, but always for a good reason.”
    Paul was obviously hurt by his wife’s confession, but said, “I never suspected. Can you tell me what you mean by ‘good reasons?”
    Clara said, “The first time was shortly after we were married, and we were about to lose our little house because we couldn’t pay the mortgage. Do you remember that one evening I went to see the banker and the next day he notified you that the loan would be extended?”
    Paul recalled the visit to the banker and said, “I can forgive you for that. You saved our home, but what about the second time?”
    Clara asked, “And do you remember when you were so sick, but we didn’t have the money to pay for the heart surgery you needed? Well, I went to see your doctor one night and, if you recall, he did the surgery at no charge.”
    “I recall that,” said Paul. “And you did it to save my life, so of course I can forgive you for that. Now tell me about the third time.”
    “All right,” Clara said. “So do you remember when you ran for president of your golf club, and you needed 73 more votes?”

  16. #16 Stephen
    September 1, 2011

    Doctor Dave had slept with one of his patients and felt guilty all day long.

    No matter how much he tried to forget about it, he couldn’t.

    The guilt and sense of betrayal was overwhelming. But every once in a while he’d hear an internal, reassuring voice that said:

    “Dave, don’t worry about it. You aren’t the first doctor to sleep with one of their patients and you won’t be the last. And you’re single. Just let it go..”

    But invariably the other voice would bring him back to reality, whispering:

    “Dave you’re a vet.”

  17. #17 Clyde
    December 19, 2011

    I usually like and agree with your opinions, but this time I think you are being to negative. I believe to many people are talking themselves into recessation and poverty. And that’s before we get into feminism or racism.

  18. #18 Levi
    March 29, 2012

    You have used some very powerful persuasion here, so I shall go away now and think about it.

  19. #19 Simon
    April 19, 2012

    I was looking around the motorcycle because it was a good one but the price that was written on it was a bit steep. So now I had to go and haggle with the big caterpiller standing at the side, who owned it.

  20. #20 Kyle
    May 8, 2012

    Harry busted a gut running the marathon so after winning it he was disapointed not to get the prize. Just as he was crossing the finishing post a pigeon swooped down grabbed the prize and flew off. So all harry had to show for his troubles that night was his blisters.

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