From Around the Web: Corporate Childcare, Valuing ‘Femininity’, and BIAV

  • The National Union of Public and General Employees has a piece up denouncing corporate child care:

“With corporate childcare, the profit motive comes at the expense of families and workers,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker. “Corporate business models are focused on maximizing shareholder return by cutting costs and raising user fees. Families and communities should not have to pay more for a lesser service. Our children are not a commodity,” said Walker.

The BCGEU/NUPGE advocates for a comprehensive, publicly funded, community-based childcare system that is of high quality, affordable and accessible to all. The union is a proud member of the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. which recently presented a plan for a public system of integrated early care and learning that the BCGEU/NUPGE has endorsed.

  • While feminists often advocate for more flexibility in gender and less in the way of traditional gender roles, an attack on women being ‘girly’ can really just translate to ‘man things are always better than woman things’, i.e. sexism.

According to Aloi, these are the tough things that women should be doing instead of baking:  “learning how to shoot a gun, hot-wire a car, and manipulate our way into a bomb shelter.”

While I’ll agree all those things might be useful, and I don’t think that knowing how to sew a seam in any way keeps you from also learning any of those things. But why exactly is “hot-wiring a car” any tougher than knowing how to create bread out of ground up wheat and yeast? What is tough about that other than that it is something that men traditionally are taught, rather than women?

I’ve spent the past 15 years of my life trying to get people to see that assuming that anything we consider to be masculine is necessarily better or more valuable than what we consider to be feminine is in and of itself incredibly misogynist. And I’m certainly not the only one on this mission. But folks like Aloi just keep wanting to give special priveledge to anything masculine,  and denigrate anything feminine. It’s getting to be a bit exhausting at this point.

He has what I’ll call the “but I’m a vegan” problem—BIAV, for short—but it can also be the “but I’m a feminist problem” or the “but I voted for Obama” problem. You probably know someone who has this illness; perhaps you even suffer from it yourself. It’s very easy to diagnose: Thanks to a history of supporting liberal causes like Greenpeace or the NAACP, the person afflicted with BIAV—Moby, in this case—thinks it impossible for him to be racist or sexist or, indeed, to hold any bigoted view whatsoever. “What do you mean I’m not a feminist?” asks the misogynist with BIAV, “My first wife was in the women’s movement.”

Anyone can have BIAV—white people, black people, women, men, Jews, Muslims, Christians, anyone. And though it sounds a lot like privilege, it’s different. Privilege is a toxic yet unintentional default setting, whereas BIAV is willful ignorance. Privilege is what causes Moby, as a wealthy white guy, to think it’s funny for black rappers to name-check museums; BIAV is what prompts him to snark at anyone who would dare suggest he is in the wrong.

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