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Of men, women, Wizard's First Rule, feminism, patriarchy, egalitarianism... oh, and a disclaimer!
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betacandy From: betacandy Date: February 1st, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, women are already penalized en masse for the potential to get pregnant. The costs gets spread over all women by keeping women's salaries at 78 cents to a man's $1, here in the US. I kinda wish my employer WAS allowed to ask if I plan on getting pregnant, because then I could offer a doctor's diagnosis that I'm infertile, and I'd get paid what men get paid.

The only problem with that logic is what Ifritah pointed out: there are a LOT of health concerns that keep people out of work. By this reasoning, smokers should be banned from employment altogether because the vast majority of them take lots of extra long breaks throughout the day that must add up to weeks of lost time per year. Compare that to actual time lost for pregnancy, and I think the results would startle employers.
schneeble From: schneeble Date: February 1st, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
The point that I was trying to make was that the pregnancy "penalty" is already built in, as you say. I agree that it would help to be able to say "I can't get pregnant, okay?" and have that improve one's pay. Similarly, I figure there's nothing wrong with penalizing people for smoking... especially since smoke breaks are expensive both in the short and long term (especially if the employer of said smoker is subsidizing the smoker's health insurance).
betacandy From: betacandy Date: February 2nd, 2006 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I was agreeing with you in pricipal, too. The problem I foresee, though, is where do we draw the line about things you can penalize people for strictly on the odds that they will happen in the future? I don't like the idea of anyone having opportunities limited on the basis of something that hasn't yet become an issue, and might never. And yet it's impossible for businesses not to consider future possibilities. There's definitely no simple answer.
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