Gender Pay Gap… changes?

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2012/11/488_125858.html 

This is basically a summary of the data presented in the article. 

~Pay gap in OECD countries from 2000 to 2012~

Japan: 34% to 29% 

US: 23% to 19% 

Israel: 28% to 21% 

South Korea: 40% to 39%

~Current Pay gaps in other OECD countries~ 

Canada: 19%

Finland: 19% 

Switzerland: 19% 

Austria: 19%

Belgium: 9% 

Norway: 8% 

New Zealand: 7% 

Hungary: 6% 

Poland: 6% 

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“Silenced”

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/07/113_114513.html 

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/07/113_114557.html

These two articles are a result of the movie “Silenced” (aka “The Crucible”), which I talked about in my previous post. I’m am so proud to say that those monsters are in prison for 12 years and are forced to wear an electronic anklet (I believe it’s for released pedophiles?) for 10 after being released from prison. 

Although it isn’t exactly what I want, I suppose as long as they are labeled as pedophiles and are tortured that way, I’m happy. And it’s nice to know that South Korea’s judicial system has given proper sentences to these monsters. 

These sorts of people are not people. They are monsters. 

That’s why they should not be treated as human, or at least that’s what I believe. To stoop this low? That’s no longer human, and I have will wholeheartedly disagree with whomever says otherwise. For I am a sibling of a special needs brother. And by whatever deity is out there, I will personally torture the person with my bare hands if they dare to violate and abuse my sweet younger brother. Then I will be able to live in prison in peace

Something a little different.

Even though I consider myself a feminist, I also consider myself a human rights activist. And that includes disabled rights, human rights, civil rights, gay rights, women’s rights, etc. Therefore, today’s post will focus on disabled rights. 

About a year and a half ago, there was a rather controversial movie that was released in South Korea that I really wanted to see. It was called “Silenced” (or “The Crucible”). It centered around an ongoing legal case of incidents of rape and sexual abuse of hearing impaired children by their teachers/headmaster/other school officials. The first legal case ended with only 6 months in prison and 1 year of probation for both defendants. The children are still undergoing psychological treatment for the trauma they experienced. Needless to say, the defendants were rich and powerful. 

I just finished watching the movie with subtitles (the link is at the end of the post). And instead of crying as I did when I first saw the trailer, I am infuriated. Granted, it’s controlled anger because I’m currently typing this post from my dorm room; and even if I throw a tantrum, it wouldn’t change reality for these children and the possible hundreds of thousands of children that are also sexual abused by powerful people. It doesn’t matter if the children are African-American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic, gay, lesbian, transgender, transsexual, queer, hearing impaired, epileptic, autistic, speaking impaired, etc. We cannot simply let this continue.  

Perhaps it would be helpful to give a quick summary of the movie. Here is one on IMDb: “Gang In-ho, who is working to earn money for his daughter’s surgery, is appointed to a school for hearing-impaired children in Gwangju. But what he discovers there is an ugly truth: the children are being physically and sexually abused by their teachers. When he decides to fight for the children’s rights and expose the crimes being committed at the school, In-ho teams up with human rights activist Seo Yu-jin. But he and Yu-jin soon realize the school’s principal and teachers, and even the police, prosecutors and churches in the community are actually trying to cover up the truth.” 

I’m glad to say that because of this movie, South Korea has started a new investigation into this case. Let’s just hope that these monsters get sent to prison for life. Because monsters like them shouldn’t roam the streets as free as everyone else. And they definitely shouldn’t be given the death sentence. They need to experience pure hell on earth in order to repent. Even though I am not a proponent of violence, I still believe in the classic “eye for an eye” saying. If these monsters beat up children, raped them, harassed them, tortured them in ways only shown in old-fashioned spy movies, they should go through everything that they did. Every damn little thing. But I doubt that they will fully understand the consequences of their actions. 

Anyway, I will let this movie do it’s job. Please prepare a box of tissues and pillow to punch. I had neither and I fully regret putting on makeup and making my bed this morning. 

 

The link for the first part: http://itvmovie.eu/movie/view/2941/1/2/The-Crucible—.html (The rest of the parts are below the video. 

Reblog: Straw feminism

Remember the movie “Ten Things I Hate About You”? Typical straw-feminism there.

Behind the Curtain

This is the sixth installment of the Feminist Frequency video series focused around common tropes of women perpetuated in the media. I recently posted the video on the  ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ yet I feel this video to be the strongest and most interesting of the series.

 

Anita Sarkeesian  identifies the trope of The Straw Feminist as an artifiical caricature of a ‘feminist’ created to exaggerate myths and stereotypes that undermine feminist thought.

“The Straw Feminist is set up to perpetuate and advance the myth that feminism is no longer needed, that we’ve arrived at gender equality and anyone who disagrees is quickly demeaned and portrayed as an extremist. “

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Reblog: Feminist political philosophy

A very interesting read. I’d like to learn more about this now.

gonepublic: philosophy, politics, & public life

Here’s a glimpse of my recent contribution to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

Feminist political philosophy is an area of philosophy focused on understanding and critiquing the way political philosophy is usually construed, often without any attention to feminist concerns, and to articulating how political theory might be reconstructed in a way that advances feminist concerns. Feminist political philosophy is a branch of both feminist philosophy and political philosophy. As a branch of feminist philosophy, it serves as a form of critique or a hermeneutics of suspicion (Ricœur 1970). That is, it serves as a way of opening up or looking at the political world as it is usually understood and uncovering ways in which women and their current and historical concerns are poorly depicted, represented, and addressed. As a branch of political philosophy, feminist political philosophy serves as a field for developing new ideals, practices, and justifications for how…

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Reblog: feminism

My friends joke about my self-label as “a feminist”. I still don’t see what’s so funny.

The Feminist Gadfly

Although I would like to keep my record pristinely clear of on-topic posts, I have mentioned today’s post multiple times in the past two weeks to both Naomi and Eddy, and I thought that I really ought to write it up to share with you.

As I go about my life, both on the internet and out in the big bad world, I am confronted with far too much anti-feminist rhetoric. I have found that the image of the “humourless feminist” is still a popular one, much to my chagrin. As much as I would love to point the people who accept this stereotype to a link to Jo Brand, in the real world, due to the socio-economic (primarily economic) barriers keeping me from smartphone ownership,  I do not always have that option.

The result of this is me finding myself attempting to break that stereotype by describing myself as…

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Reblog: Yes I’m a feminist

This.
I still get the typical “oh so you hate men?” question from both men and women. It’s sad.

f3menist

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m not a Feminist, but I believe women should be respected.” Or, “I’m a feminist, but I like girly things.”

There’s this huge image of Feminists being Butch Lesbian Man haters, and I think a lot of people think you have to be that to be a feminist. You don’t have to be any of those things to be a Feminist. You can be girly and a Feminist, You can be straight and a Feminist, you can Love men and be a Feminist, You can be a Man and a Feminist. The only thing you need to be a Feminist is the Ideal that Women deserve to be treated as people.

Feminism is about believing deserve equality, respect, and choice. It’s sad that these things aren’t basic human rights.

Some people think being a housewife is unfeminist, It isn’t. Feminism is about…

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