April 12, 2009
comparability is a right!
Jennifer Rubin takes issue with the feminist/socialist "comparable worth" doctrine, which she sees as another bad idea that will not die:
There are some public policy ideas that won't die -- no matter how bad they are. One of these is "comparable worth." It is built on the misguided policy notion that there is a gap in pay between men and women that cannot be accounted for except by subtle gender discrimination. And it survives by confusing the public that the only goal is to assure men and women performing the same work are paid "equally."Read it all.
I'm thinking that it is unreasonable to expect socialists who want to ruin the economy to stop doing what they do, and of course appeals to common sense are lost on people who lack it.
So rather than quibble, let me just accept the "comparable worth" idea on its face as a starting point, and offer a couple of modest suggestions based on fairness. And comparability.
Statistics show that women outlive men by a substantial margin. There is nothing fair about this. Seriously, what could be more unfair than death? So, I propose some sort of "comparable death" rule. I'm no policy wonk (so the details will have to worked out by the usual committees), but the bottom line is that it is high time we spared men from having to continue their struggle against this most deadly form of discrimination. Seriously, we often hear talk of the "glass ceiling" that women face. Bad as this is, it pales by comparison with the plight dead men face each day.
Yes, many women do remain on the wrong side of the "glass." But can that misfortune really be compared to being on the wrong side of the "grass"?
The comparable death issue is by no means the only sex-discrimination inequity faced by men. Statistics also show that there is a huge inheritance gap between men and women. Quite simply, women inherit far more wealth than do men. As long as this gap remains unclosed, there can be no equality between the sexes. A "comparable inheritance" law is long overdue to redress this cruel power imbalance.
There is no reason in this day and age why men should not be able to inherit a comparable amount of money as women do, just as they should have the right to live just as long.
So, if comparability is a right, then why have the comparable rights busybodies been asleep at the wheel?
posted by Eric on 04.12.09 at 04:47 PM
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