Posted On: Monday - March 15th 2021 4:21PM MST
In Topics:   Feminism  Economics
(Continued from Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.)
I apologize from the get-go, readers, for this one. Peak Stupidity has a contract to fisk this feminist article, and, by gum, we're gonna finish fisking the article! Let's continue where we left off about 5 weeks ago:
But while workers wait for Congress to make a decision on child care — particularly ahead of the upcoming school year — many working mothers feel paralyzed.If this were written about about working women from families barely making it, and needed the wife working, well, I feel for them. It often turns out that the cost of outside childcare, meals out, clothes, and another reliable vehicle (insurance and tax go with it) doesn't help the family come out ahead anyway. For this problem, you've got 3 fingers pointing right back at you, feminists. Once women had entered the labor force in big numbers, the labor market in certain fields was flooded and wages haven't kept up. Everyone wanted to keep up with the Joneses, but for the working poor now, the Joneses are that welfare family with a single Mom getting WIC, Section 8 and the whole gamut. You may not even keep up with them, financially.
Jenny Galluzzo, co-founder of the Second Shift, a platform that matches professional women with freelance and consulting projects, said the site has seen four times as many applicants since February as women try to make up lost work hours with part-time consulting work.
Beyond that, most women tell her they’re just waiting.
“You can’t plan ahead in any concrete way. And that stress manifests itself because you don’t know how to interact with the workforce. If you’re out looking for a job, how can you know what job to take because you don’t know in two months what your kids’ school situation will be?”
No, but author Chabeli Carrazana only seems to care about "professional women".
Galluzzo said. “I worry for women because we’re taking an undue burden of all of the care and the invisible labor. I worry about all the strides we’ve made just being set back.”Isn't it also an undue burden to be the only ones to be able to birth children to begin with? I've seen women in labor and it's not invisible - it's visible, loud, and icky. Whose idea was that? We need to make some strides....
What we are seeing play out is years of keeping women from positions of power where they could have turned their lived experiences into policy, said economist Olugbenga Ajilore with the Center for American Progress. It’s years of child care being a “women’s” issue — not a priority.What?? We have women's lived experience as policy right now. It's called the Kung Flu PanicFest (at least by this blogger). Talk to Dr. Fauci about priorities or the hysterical women who have been living this PanicFest experience. And, yes, childcare IS a women's issue - it's their main damn job in life. How can they not get this? (They know they are the only ones with vaginas, right? Ooops, all apologies to Bru-aitlin Jenner here.)
“If we have more women in the economics field, if we have more women in Congress, child care would not be on the back burner,” Ajilore said. “When we think about women leaving the labor force, we’re not just losing economic output but we’re losing that contribution limit. They shape the culture and the way you do business, the way we think about things. That’s what we are losing with this.”I don't really see much economic output out of economists. Along with that, women's contribution to the economy is very minimal when we get to productive contributions to the economy, where guys design, build and maintain, like, actual STUFF. Women in the workplace are extremely-disproportionally in fields that don't involve real productive work. These would be your article writers, women's studies professors, economists, and especially the hated HR Ladies. Don't make me link to those posts again - I swear I will!
In many ways, though, coronavirus has served as a magnifying glass, bringing into sharper focus issues like child care that have long been ignored — and employers are responding. Companies that once resisted flexible work set-ups, and particularly remote work, are starting to embrace the idea.OK, working remotely may work pretty well for some. For some women, they can then take care of the kids while "working", mute themselves and have camera failures during the zoom meetings, send important emails out at 2-hour intervals to show their presence in the workspace, and eventually just stay with the kids all day, not even noticing the paychecks not showing up electronically after a while. Yeah, I can see this model indeed working in the long run...
“We have been fighting for the ability for women to work remotely and flexibly for years. It’s the number one thing women want for employment and companies have now been forced to see that that model works,” said Galluzzo, from the Second Shift. “And when the economy comes back and jobs are more plentiful and our kids are in school, I see this as ultimately a benefit because you don’t have to convince people any longer that [flexibility and being remote] works.”
OK, we'll knock the rest out with one more post soon, hopefully with a good conclusionary rant. I've got a lot more important things to post about.