August 25, 2016 at 11:07 am #4710etilleyKeymaster
Thirty Problems with Gender Inequality
The sentiment is perfect; but the implementation of Gender Inequality is unsustainable and even socially irresponsible in Canada.
In the first-world developed-nation of Canada, saying that women deserve every respect is like saying we like our hair or our arm – it’s just that obvious. Contending that women don’t deserve our respect is like saying that our right leg is more important than the left; a Canadian will tell you that its a ludicrous assertion.
Opportunistic politicians love “Gender Equality”; because where is the downside to lauding half of the voting population after all? We love our female half and generally, Canadians prefer that all of our government policies support non-division and the keeping of things mutually beneficial and respectful.
As a father who raised four girls, I agree enthusiastically that Canadian policies should ensure the good lives of women who live here. The challenge with so many Canadian Governments these past 30-years is that we have a very poor track-record for building positive social programs that actually do help our society and economy really – and Female Equality is no exception.
The four young women I raised are aged 21 to 30 with no marriage, no children, no home or families of their own. Instead, they live in a sort of rent-slavery state with starvation wages supplied by a job with no pension and no dental. By the conventions of a strong social contract nation, they have traded a life – for a cubicle. These conditions are thanks to a series of policy mistakes, more than just one policy. Holland, for example, puts controls on rents ($1000 CDN per month), usury, business ownership, foreign rental property ownership, offshoring, and immigration onshoring. Canada never protected its citizens with these sustainable policies.
Political marketing teams in the U.S. began market-testing catchy spins on their policy-messaging in the 1980s. Low tax, small government, death tax, middle-class, open markets, climate, guns, and so on – were designed to keep voters supporting 95% of all income gains flowing to the Top-1% of the rich year-after-year. Market-tests found strong voter-responses to “Female Equality” as well and, of course, opportunistic politicians probably noticed that half of all voters are female too. Political opportunism has become the definition of Canadian politics really – there can be no longterm planning in Canada (due to four-year political windows), and citizens here are not trained in what are sustainable policies either, so the “catchiest” messaging actually wins elections – regardless of whether it’s a socially responsible policy or not.
When you don’t know what to stand for, you’ll fall for anything – Methodist Mention, 1927
In history, 1000-generations called themselves “modern” and yet no civilization has ever survived. My point in stating this is to cast sharper relief on the fact that we must always remember that it is more important to prefer socially sustainable policy – in birthrates, social contract, resources, good lives, planning for the future, and in essential empathetic Respect and Good.
We need to change our terms from conservative and liberal, to sustainable and unsustainable; and from division to respect and shared purpose and then we must always vote for policies proven to build strong economies and societies. At CSQ Research, we gather policies proven in non-theory-based Transition Economics and explain them as “ACT” policies so they can be voted for as well.
There is a long list of researched social sustainability problems associated with Gender Inequality policy:
- Double Income Families – are also called “double income traps”. The American Dream’s strong social contract was based on a “Single Income Family” where one salary afforded all costs of living (CoL) – for a husband’s family and for his wife’s family too
- unsustainable birthrates – mature capitalisms create average birthrates of 1.5 children per women; sustainable is 2.2. 3.0 was the standard in the 1960s when single-income families were the norm.
- squandered family pensions – as twenty-year working dads are fired and cannot return to senior jobs now taken by women. Pensions earn their greatest contribution values in their last fifteen years. The practice of firing men at age-50 saves socially-irresponsible businesses up to $1 million per employee.
In this chart we see Canada’s unsustainable 1.5 fertility rate is a 20-year problem, and that it’s dropping steeply too as labour workforce participation drops and female to male ratios rise.
- retired people cannot contribute to the economy through their pension incomes and consumption in retirement years, where a pension is denied by female equality requirements
- family values: males are unwilling to offer marriage due to high divorce rates
- family values: young adult women cannot have families and raise their own children if they wish
- family values: young families cannot afford a home any longer because they must compete with i) couples willing to live in double-income traps, ii) FDI (Commercial Foreign Investment), foreign money laundering, local laissez-faire commercial finance policy, open-markets, and iii) many of the other reasons listed here
- society-wide reductions in incomes / salaries now occur because twice as many workers now compete for the same number of jobs
- underemployment increases – this is especially noticeable in 20-year and 50-year old males
- the suicide rates increase (male suicides are 2:1 females’) and these are up a very unusual 50% since 2016 in Canada. Suicide rates stay steady for 30-years at a time, and a sudden jump marks a rapid negative change in society
- teen anxiety is now reported by an unprecedented 50% of students
- increased mental illness
- freedom – most men will explain that a lifetime spent in a cubicle is hardly a life to aspire to; and when wages don’t afford Cost-of-Living (starvation wages) for your family and your wife’s family, freedoms are lost further
- happiness – happiness levels are dropping in society consistent with studies on chronic pain
- opportunity – diminishes as normal career promotion is now interrupted by HR quotas for female workers
- an income given to a male – often pays for two families (his family and his wife’s); where an income given to a female typically pays for one family – her own. In our culture, a woman will not support an unproductive male, and men won’t want it either. This leaves an honorable 50-year old male in a bind; because he will be unable to find income due to sexist hiring policies – and also unable to find an income-generating mate
- double-income families substantially increase social costs of day-care, health-care, and senior-care for the young, the infirm (childhood Alzheimer’s for example), and older family members
- two homes need twice the costs for energy, real-estate land, and transfer tax, mortgages, utilities, building materials, land, transit, services (hospitals, fire departments, police coverage), and jobs
- poverty increases
- divorce is 80% initiated by women, and even cheered-on by peers if Witherspoon movies are an indication
- important respect and empathy diminish as divisive sides are now taken and blame is directed to opposite genders
- testosterone levels drop in young men due to changes in status and depression – resulting in obesity and illness
- testosterone levels in teenagers are those normally seen in 80-year old men
- females chose lower-wage industries than males statistically, and earn more than males do in some industries too (pharmaceuticals are one example)
- quota systems (diversity and gender equality policies) insist that workplaces now be run by less-qualified, and in some cases far-less-experienced, workers. We hire ourselves, so Human Resources administrators – turned hiring managers – are hiring “themselves” despite never having programmed before, or never having constructed something before, never harvested before, never having led teams, and so on
- Males and females are right and left legs; essential to one another. Gender Policies divide – where Respect and Empathy policies strengthen prosperity, good lives, and communities too
- Skill versus Will. When young, administrative people filter and interview, they can ignore or miss Skill. Skill people write courses; they don’t waste their time taking expensive certifications for applications that they can figure out by themselves – or can read a manual and learn easily. When people without Skill, by-pass Skill resumes for Will resumes, Will is forwarded only. When departments fill with Will, Will pushes out Skill – both actively and passively. Intimidating, uncooperative, not a “fit” and they might take my job from me, non-inclusive – are descriptions that will be heard when a Will-manager pushes out a Skilled member from staff. Everyone has an opinion; Inclusion Policies say that everyone should be heard in all things. Rubbish. Skilled Experts and Heavy-lifters are few and far between – and should always have their advice weighted much higher than non-experts.
- Some offices fill to near-100% with women. Greenland was the first nation to elect a female president, and even here there are 60% maximum limits on female staff – to prevent clear sexism and to ensure that males have access to incomes also
- Open Sexism. Canadian governments offer no support for the men displaced by sexist quotas that state a preference for female employees. Business loans have a greater chance of approval for women; there are no guarantees of welfare, income programs, no jobs (there is 90% underemployment in 50-year old men here – 90% cannot find a job at their previous level), there is no housing (4-year waiting lists), no senior retraining (MBA training is not permitted for example), and no safety nets really – a 1/5th Cost-of-Living welfare recipient can be denied all supports in peacetime Canada – just as in wartime Germany in the 1940s. The Social Benefits Tribunal of Ontario hears applications from municipalities insisting on the refusal of benefits to at least 260 people a year by their Annual Reports.
- Toxic Masculinity – “not intended to demonize men or male attributes, but rather to emphasize the harmful effects of conformity to certain traditional masculine ideals” (Wikipedia). Originally intended to describe violent acts in developing nations – like Mexican Machismo or Honor Killings, Toxic Masculinity has popped-up in bullying exchanges between feminists and male university students and office workers. Belittling a male and insisting he is responsible for his, and the intrusive masculine behaviors of other males, is little different than belittling females for their emotion or chattiness. Respect and empathy are sustainable policies for behavior between anyone, and understanding why policies like Single Income Family policies support sustainable fertility rates, is also a social imperative.
- … and of course, this is just a quick, non-comprehensive list. There are more issues not listed here…
Diversity and Inclusion policies often hide female equality agendas too. I discussed Inclusion concerns in #27 and Immigration/Diversity is an unsustainable policy in mature capitalisms as it leads to starvation wage situations as well. Often immigrant workers are onshored in order to captain remote offshore teams as well. The Boing 767 MAX problem grounded almost an industry for a year – and was based entirely on persistent efforts by business to reduce programmer costs to $9 per hour.
In Sweden, four trees are planted for every tree cut; in Germany, every immigrant must provide five full-time salary jobs; the Netherlands insists on a $700 Euro ($1,000 per month) rent cap on 95% of homes – with steep taxes for FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in private real estate – because these are all sustainable policies. Immigrants that cannot find employment here in Canada, however, simply turn to irresponsible private-home “flipping” or slumlord rental “businesses” – because Canadians are not protected from these socially irresponsible practices by our government. Read Dickens to understand the impact of Open Markets in mature capitalisms. Recent revelations of international money laundering came as no surprise to Canadian Realtors accustomed to Chinese buyers flipping houses with “Cash”; China has a limit of $60,000 that its citizens can withdraw from the country per year. And Private Equity was permitted to pull $1 Trillion dollars into Canada to compete against our young people buying their first homes.
How prevalent is Unsustainable Policy?
Our nation’s exports are down 50% and imports are up 100% since the new millennium in 2000. Education is more expensive than ever here; housing and rent bubbles are rampant and are 75% of after-tax incomes in Vancouver and Toronto in most cases; wealth distribution is a big problem, with income distribution GINIs dropping from 32 to 38 since 2010 here. We need reliable incomes but instead, our long period of low-interest mortgage rates hurt the affordability of housing without helping our salary problem. Pervasive Unemployment & Underemployment (both the actual 20% and reported 8% unemployment rate), and a collapsing social contract (safety-net) – shrink and stall our economy while adding to a long and growing list of social problems in Canada.
FDR created the American Dream and the greatest economy of all time – with Female Inequality (a single income family). Men were actually denied senior jobs if they weren’t married – and so were women denied senior jobs because a man’s salary had to afford two families; his parents, etc, and his wife’s family too. FDR’s other policies included a 20-year program of steep 92% income tax and 80% estate tax for the rich, nationalism, full employment, a strong empathetic social contract, affordable Cost of Living (COL) and homeownership, and debt forgiveness (a common historical economic-reset best-practice used often during mature capitalisms – see Jubilee Years in Leviticus 25:26). Every country in Europe was forgiven national debt in 1934 and Germany was forgiven 250% of their GDP in debt as well.
The United States has not been able to peacefully reset these routine economic imbalances since its 1837 Great Depression – when populations in the U.S. were still small (12 million), so FDR realized that Social Contract had to be put into the U.S. constitution – click here to see a youtube video of his Second Bill of Rights in 1944. Europe -Italy, Germany, and Japan got these rights added to their constitution after the war, but the U.S. and Canada never did. If we had, we would be living the American Dream still today. The Marshall Plan nations are the only G7s with an advancing economy, six to eight weeks of paid vacation, great healthcare, great schools, free university in many cases, pensions, in-home care, and exports-per-capita on par with some of the highest social contract nations globally today.
To protect its reported statistics and budgets, Canadian government safety-net administrators are directed to work to the exact letter of rule – without exceptions and without empathy. No civilization survives without systemic empathy.
A good friend of mine paid into Canadian Unemployment Insurance for twenty-five years – and then because he never imagined that he would not find a job for a whole year (after being laid off by a major financial company), he, like many proud working Canadians, submitted an application two weeks past the 12-month deadline – and was denied benefits. He is not listed on the unemployed statistics in Canada either – and he is not an unusual case. Homelessness and the total loss of all possessions will surely follow unless a job or other income source can be secured – because there is no working safety-net here in Canada, and there are no other sources of income here either. We do have under-employment and starvation wages, which is work that does not match Cost of Living (CoL); these are jobs in retail, food services, security, etc. Finding one of these minimum-wage roles will not afford a car, nor rent in many real estate bubble cities here. Other countries will not hire Canadians because those countries are protecting their own citizens as they should.
A mom with two kids will get support and housing – and rightly so – but a man will wait for four-years to be assigned housing if he is very lucky. If he finds a short term contract, he may never be able to get benefits again in his lifetime. We think that there “must be a job out there for him”; because there always has been – right? But here we must revisit a new reality; the number of 50-year old Canadian men who can now tell the story of 300++ resumes failing to secure an income that matches Cost of Living, has reached frightening percentages. 90% of men who are forced out of work at age-50, will not find an equal position. People desperately “flip” (buy and sell for profit) houses to make an income, or risk their public pensions and savings to be able to rent apartments to students. I mentioned above that this behaviour creates a housing-cost bubble that prevents young families from affording basic housing and rents. I know people who have to AirBnb their own home to make ends meet.
We desperately need guaranteed incomes at Cost of Living rates – in order to support the external actual costs of Gender Inequality and – every other opportunistic political vote-grab policy out there. Failing to provide guaranteed incomes now costs Canada $60 billion in lost Export Wealth annually – see that discussion here.
Canada remains the only G7 country who permits engineering work and jobs to be offshored – without protecting our local engineers. All of our Crown Corporations and Banks avert both tax and local employees wages, to “save” themselves billions of dollars annually. Add it up yourself, how many men are laid off in Canada with 20-years toward their pensions? Estimates can be 50% to 80% of non-government workers this past 5-years. Now multiply that number by $1 million per pension – per family.
Foreign investment in real estate and foreign ownership of business here means that jobs are of lower seniority and quality – with less decision-making power and generally fewer resources afforded to the same amount of work as well.
Automation is a very good thing in strong social contract nations – but in Canada, it is shrinking the number of jobs at a time when our incomes are not protected during the change – and our families can be impacted desperately. Divorce rates are at 50% to 70% in Canada as men are laid off – with further pension dissolution that promotes poverty and homelessness too.
There is also an honest discussion of skills that no-polite Canadian likes to hover on. Is a stay at home family caregiver going to have the same project and people-leadership experience as a full-time dedicated working parent? Ability can be the same, sure – but I said experience. Even if all other considerations were equal, experience matters in most non-routine and non-sales-related professions.
Mistakes in implementing Gender Equality – like insisting on equal numbers of women to men in the workplace – comes at a time when “real” unemployment rates are 20% and the root problems creating a growing social crisis, social contract, are not recognized, not reported, and not addressed nor corrected. I hate to guess at what amount of real poverty has been created by the dismissal of 50% to 80% of our male, now unpensioned, workforce.
For developing countries, the Gender Inequality protections that Canadians enjoy today already, are a vital step needed to ensure that women share the basic human rights of education and personal respect = which can never be overlooked.
Within a developed nation like Canada however, Gender Inequality is misused to distract voters from an irresponsible government and policy suite in Canada. The new government is as guilty as the last four Prime Ministers just the same.
All of the policies discussed here are examined under the microscope of economies internationally at the World at our Hands Report.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.