- August 25, 2016 at 11:07 am #4710etilleyKeymaster
The Many Problems with Gender Inequality
The sentiment is perfect; the implementation is Socially Irresponsible.
Politicians love Gender Inequality and no-one here doesn’t want the best for women either. In the first-world, developed nation of Canada, it’s like saying we like our hair or our arm; or that supposing that our right leg is more important than the left. Where is the downside to lauding half of the voting population? We love our female half and would prefer that our policies support non-division and keeping things mutually beneficial and respectful.
As a father who raised four girls, I agree emphatically that Canadian policies should ensure the good lives of women who live here. The challenge with so many Canadian Governments these past 30-years, however, is that we have a very poor track-record for building positive social programs that actually do help society really. My four 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 with starvation wages afforded by a job with no pension – thanks to a very imperfect series of Canadian Government policy mistakes. Holland put controls on rents ($100 CDN per month), usury, business ownership, offshoring, and immigration – that Canada never did protect its citizens with.
Political marketing teams in the U.S. began market-testing catchy spins of their policy-messaging in the 1980s. Low tax, small government, death tax, middle income, open markets, climate, guns, and so on – were each designed to keep 95% of all incomes flowing to the Top-1% Rich. And market-tests found strong voter-response to “Gender Inequality” as well; perhaps not surprisingly because half of all voters are either male or – female.
100 generations called themselves “modern” and yet no civilization has ever survived. It is always important, therefore, to remember that sustainability – in birthrates, social contract, good lives, “Good” and Empathy – are proven to build strong economies and societies.
There is a long list of researched social sustainability problems associated with Gender Inequality policy:
- double-income traps
- unsustainable birthrates
- 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.
- retired people cannot contribute to the economy through their pension incomes and consumption in retirement years
- family values: males are unwilling to offer marriage due to high divorce rates
- family values: young women cannot have families and raise their own children as 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, laissez-faire, commercial finance, open-markets, iii) many reasons here in the list
- society-wide reductions in incomes & salaries occur as twice as many workers now compete for the same number of jobs
- underemployment increases – especially noticeable in 20-year and 50-year old males
- the suicide rates increase (male suicides are 2:1 females’)
- teen anxiety is now reported by an unprecidented 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 for your family and your wife’s family, freedoms are lost
- 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 that is given to a male often pays for two families; where an income to a female typically pays for one – or for herself alone (in our culture, a woman will not support an unproductive male, and men won’t want it either)
- double-income families substantially increase social costs of day-care, health-care, and senior-care for young, infirm (childhood Alzheimer’s for example), and old
- 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 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 for 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, 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 build up.
- Skill versus Will. When administrative people filter and interview, they can ignore or miss Skill. Skill people write courses; and they don’t waste their time taking expensive certifications for applications they can figure out themselves or can read a manual and learn easily. When people without Skill by-pass these 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”, they could take my job, non-inclusive – are descriptions that might be heard when a Will-manager pushes out a Skilled member of staff. Everyone has an opinion; Inclusion says everyone should be heard in all things; Rubbish. Experts and Heavy-lifters are few and far between – and should always have their advisory weighted much higher than non-experts.
And, as with most Canadian political policy marketing campaigns, our governments have no support for the men displaced by quotas for female employment. There are no guarantees of welfare, income programs, no jobs (90% underemployment), no housing (4-year waiting lists), and no safety nets really. Unlike most news reports from Ottawa’s political media engine, this article wants to discuss reality.
When I say that “Canada has No Safety-Nets”, this is because the supports and stipends that are offered (but can be taken away), are perhaps 1/7th Cost of Living in most cases.
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; 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 GINIs dropping from 32 to 38 since 2010 here. We need reliable incomes but instead, our over-long period of lower interest rates hurt the affordability of housing without helping our salary problem; pervasive Unemployment & Underemployment (both actual 20% and reported 8%), and a collapsing social contract (safety-net) – add to a long and growing list of social problems in Canada.
FDR created the American Dream and the greatest economy of all with Female Inequality; Men were denied senior jobs if they weren’t married – and so were women denied senior jobs because a man’s salary was meant to afford two families; his, and his wife’s. 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 home ownership, and debt forgiveness (a common history economy-reset best-practice during mature capitalisms – see Jubilee Years in Leviticus 25:26). The United States had not been able to peacefully reset economic imbalance since the 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 and Japan got this, but the U.S. and Canada never did. If we had, we would be living the American Dream still today – with tremendous economies as proven easily in 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.
A good friend paid into Unemployment Insurance for twenty-five years and because he never imagined that he would not find a job (after being laid off by a major financial company), he, like many proud working Canadians, submitted an application two weeks past the 12-month limit and was denied benefits. He is not on the unemployed statistics either and he is not an unusual case. Homelessness, the total loss of all possessions, will surely follow unless a job can be secured – because there is no working safety-net here in Canada; and no other sources of income. We do have under-employment, work that does not match Cost of Living (COL); jobs in retail, services, etc. Minimum wage roles will not afford a car, nor rent in many real estate bubble centers. Other countries will not hire us because they 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. There “must be a job out there for him”; there always has been – right? But here we must revisit a new reality once again; 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 pensions and savings to rent apartments to students, which creates a housing-cost bubble that prevents young families from affording basic housing – and also rents. I know people who AirBnb their own home to make ends meet.
We desperately need guaranteed incomes at Cost of Living rates – in support of Gender Inequality and – every other Government vote-grab out there. Failing to provide guaranteed incomes now costs Canada $60 billion in Export Wealth annually – see that discussion here.
At the same time, Canada remains the only G7 country who permits engineering work and jobs to be offshored without protection – all of our Crown Corporations and Banks avert both tax and local employees, to the conservative tune of 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. Now multiply that number by $1.2 to $1.8 million per pension – per family.
Foreign investment in real estate and foreign ownership of business means jobs are of lower seniority with less decision-making power, lower quality and in lower numbers as well. Automation is a very good thing but it is also shrinking the number of jobs – and our incomes need to be protected during this change – or our families are impacted desperately. Divorce rates are at 50% to 70% in Canada, with further pension dissolution, and this promotes poverty and homelessness far more than “Gender inequality” ever will.
And then there is an honest discussion of skills that no-polite Canadian likes to hover over. Is a stay at home family caregiver going to have the same project and people-leadership experience as a full-time dedicated working parent? Even if all other considerations were equal, experience matters in most non-routine and non-sales-related professions. Should best-qualified for the job no longer apply then? A rhetorical question – because logic has indeed left the building.
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 and not addressed. I would hate to guess what real poverty has been created already 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 that can never be overlooked.
Here within a developed nation, however, Gender Inequality can never be misused to distract voters from an irresponsible government in Canada. The new kid on the block is as guilty as the last four PMs just the same. Whenever you hear Gender Inequality, Transparency, etc. – fight back for solutions to actual issues of Guaranteed Incomes & Wealth Distribution, Housing Reforms, Offshore Protections, and a pervasive Canadian Socially Responsibility – for a very positive change.
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