Re: what was that?

Subject: Re: what was that?
From: Linda Seltzer (
Date: Thu Aug 18 2005 - 21:22:47 EDT

In 2002, at a certain corporate research lab, all three female
department heads had their management responsibilities taken away.
It all happened in one day in one announcement. Did all three
women suddenly have strokes in the area of the brain that controls
their social functioning? Or was it about something else, such
as the realization that after 2001, Clinton wouldn't be President any
more, anti-discrimination enforcement would be greatly diminished,
and the backlash against affirmative action would begin. Was it
really an extension of the prejudice that the women were really
promoted only because of affirmative action, with an intent to
right this "injustice"?

I used to think that discrimination was just a subjective phenomenon
that occurred because the male managers wanted to be surrounded with
like-minded people. I thought the promotion of the most right wing
males into management positions in corporations was just a matter
of similarity. Then I read in Paul Krugman's column in the NY Times
a few years ago how the Repoublicans were systematically trying to
control corporate promotions and put their own people in the higher
jobs. I had previously realized that this was (loosely, I think)
organized, or intentional.

Sen. Rick Santorum, one of the spokesmen for the religious right
in the Senate, has written a book entitled "It Takes a Family"
(a clear attack on Hillary Clinton's book). Santorum has been
hitting the talk show circuit complaining about parents not
spending enough time with their childre, and he is not talking
about shortening the American work week! The true intention of the
religious right, to remove women from nontraditional roles and
employment, is beginning to come out honestly now.

Some people may think of themselves as being very liberal and
progressive, but I find that some people who view themselves
that way are actually very conventional, and many people,
indlucing politicians, adopt the rhetoric of the right (note
all of the Democrats pitching their promises to "working families,"
the opposite, of course, being all of those single women on welfare,
the scapegoats).

> At 01:12 PM 8/17/05 -0400, Linda Seltzer wrote:
>>I used to believe things like this when I was young. I thought
>>that all of the older women who didn't achieve high positions
>>were just not polite enough or gracious or charming enough, so
>>I became the model of politeness and personality and graciousness.
>>When you reach the age of 40 you know better.
> Alex was 42 when she wrote that essay.
> Dennis

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