Monday Moaning Modern Slavery
Yeah the title is a big word and an awful word at that, but the truth is that even in our modern time it is something of every day. Maybe not as visible as it once was or under a different name it is manifesting itself.
We know of our ancestors, who used different tribes or simple poor people as slaves to their dirty work. Getting shot if they were of no value, not they had much value they still got sold if money was to be made of them. Whether we look in The United States or Europe and even Asia had here share of slavery. Captured enemies on a slave ship or just captured men from another continent. It was or is behind us.
Or so we do like to think, because in many countries slavery is still happening, but we do not see it as such. Soon as we think people get paid it isn’t slavery anymore. Though that is not true either, think simple like season workers who work under assumption of getting paid but money is not yet paid, Work another day than maybe you get paid. And they do so under minimum wage. And if you have worked for 2 weeks you want some compensation.
Child labour we still see it in Asia and the Middle east, it is just another form of modern day slavery. Sweatshops and let us face it, we all heard of them once in the news, where women work under cruel conditions for a small wager. Don’t think slavery is gone just because it has a different name.
People have been fighting to get rid of slavery and even now those in most western countries who do not hold on to the concept are still being seen as slave drivers. Upholding the term and stating you are slaves though you come from a free country is preaching slavery as well. It is slavery in form of words, holding a grip on those who never even heard of or participated in the act. Using it as a snare to suffocate people is slavery in a new form. What did not happen to us is by all means not an excuse to use it as retaliation because our ancestors have done so.
To think that the entire world was part of enslaving people would make us sick in the stomach.
Now let us rewind a little and add a new part in the story.
Women have been formed by what men always have believed as to be the truth. The free fought image we see today in Western countries is not what it always have been. It was dictated by men and though the women have fought for voting rights and more equality, the era of women fights is not over. If one talks slavery one can easily go as far as to say that women were enslaved at home, doing the birthing and cleaning and cooking. It was the overall picture sketched by men.
Not forgetting though that without women we would not have won the war, it was them who worked hard making bullets and shells and god knows what else to keep the troops well armed.
It took them years to get some rights and now we are wishing for more women to reach the top of companies. Another aspect of today’s society that is being dominated and still is being shaped by men as we speak. And why would I even bring this up in a post about modern day slavery. Well I am getting to that.
In the higher ranks of companies in seats of CEO or the likes we do like seeing more women so the company can represent the average of their targeted consumers. But truth is that a lot of women do not get to the top due to some rules and manners of men. In order to make it to the top one needs to commit a long time to the company. This goes for men and women, there is just a slight difference and that is that women do and can get pregnant. It is a rule that men made that a break or hiatus due to giving birth is not good for a career as you have to leave the company and miss some rulings.
Another reason where men are different in reaching the higher up ranks is that when asked both if they are ready for the job, a guy is most likely to say, ready 24/7 as for a woman might say sure okay. It is where us men kind of go misinterpret and think she is not sure or does not want to give it her all. So the man is chosen.
Let us get back to modern day slavery with this short thing in mind about why we see so little women at the top. There have been some studies for this. I personally think it is bullshit. I honestly think a woman could still make a career after having had a hiatus. They are smart intelligent humans after all.
So the new idea of Facebook and Apple is to pay women to freeze in some eggs so they can focus on becoming men and reach the top. Sure it is an interesting proposal. Well over ten thousand dollars to freeze them in and then the average of a thousand dollar a week or month to keep them frozen in storage. Holing a carrot in front of a nose and hope they will bite and work. And getting a bonus every month on top of a salary, it sounds really good.
But what if you still get pregnant? Gone is your bonus, gone is your change of a career, gone is your job. I mean frozen eggs so you can become more of a men and devote life to a company is no guarantee. You still will be having sex, like a man. Except unlike a man you can still get pregnant. To force or better to hold that carrot in front of someone is just the same as slavery in my eyes.
It takes away the essence of being a woman. Cold calculated thoughts and ideas that need an answer. A answer that is just as cold and calculated, just like a man would make and have been making for many years. There is no emotion involved here. Emotion that make a woman a woman.
Studies have said that a board with more than 30% being a woman changes for the better of their consumers/customers. So just getting 1 or 2 women on the board against 10 men is not making a difference but rather creating men out of these women. Women who chose to throw everything out the door just to get a bonus and a change are just as calculated as men already are. Will they be any different from the men when in the boardroom, most likely the answer would be, no.
What apple and Facebook are doing is nothing more than modern day slavery. Holding out a carrot and having women do their bidding.
And I am not even considering men who become the stay at home dads so the wife can make a career, those men still stand a better change in getting their function back when they want to go back to work. In correlation to women who have to step down most of the time.
We men haven’t changed, we still think we can manage women, we still believe or do create their image as we see fit. How stupid are we. That modern day slavery is just being re-invented.
And I haven’t even talked about modern day human trafficking and exploiting of women. Something that needs to stop. It comes with abuse and that is never right. Hitting women or depicting women as useless or just good for one thing is still very much going on in almost a third of the world. Woman being nothing more than an object. It has to stop.