Plus ça change…
It occurred to me the other day to wonder at the discrepancy in wages that I pay to those high-school students who baby sit and those who do lawn cutting and gardening for me. Most of the “lawn and garden” people, who happen to be boys ask for a dollar an hour. Most of the baby sitters, who usually happen to be girls, ask seventy-five cents an hour.
Now I ask myself, is caring for my children less important, less valuable, less a responsibility? Or is lawn cutting and gardening considered harder and more taxing physical work? (Two active children under five can be pretty hard, taxing, physical work, too.) Or is it that boys just ask for and receive high wages from the beginning? And is it that child care is, anyway, considered to be “women’s work” and not deserving of pay? Click!
September 1974 issue
I clearly need to start bidding on some vintage MS. Magazines.
|—||Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. One of my favorites from 2013 so far. Full of interesting ideas, compelling characters and stunning sentences. Plus, it’s just plain entertaining.|
Janelle Monáe - Q.U.E.E.N. feat. Erykah Badu [Official Video]
Badass. Love her!
This is fantastic.
Agreed! I have a beautiful Passion Pit memory from last year’s Bonnaroo.
Longreads has kicked off their best lists!
Best story about a monkey that’s really about the role of government that’s really about nature’s place in the modern world that’s actually, maybe, really just about a monkey.
All Your Gold
Bat For Lashes
Probably asking for it from both sides by posting this (which is why it’s a place no one reads, instead of facebook!), but I like a well-reasoned contrarian viewpoint. Obama and Romney are framing this election as a clear choice between two distinct ideologies, and as far as domestic policy goes that seems close enough to the truth (which is my reason for making a different decision than the author of this piece). I wish that distinction extended to the international human rights and civil rights issues outlined here.
“ZS: Well, I think it’s an enormous power and advantage women have, this understanding of time and mortality. It’s only a shame that we often do everything we can to abandon or deny this natural advantage. I always think of the menopause: what a gift it is to women to have, in their own bodies, this piece of time-keeping which allows them to fully understand, in their bodies, that death is coming. They’re not very good managers of time, men. Men don’t have that – you see so many men heading towards their deaths in utter shock and incomprehension because right until the final moments they thought they were going to be given some kind of reprieve.”