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ifritah
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 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Paternity leave might be a very good thing for society in general, too. Like a government endorsement of men taking the time to bond with their kids. It might make some people think about the importance of that.

One thing *I* would like, personally, is if children weren't the only thing people had a legal right to take leave for. What about writing a novel, or traveling, or getting some education? I can't see how these things benefit the employer any more or less than bringing another life into the world.
schneeble From: schneeble Date: February 1st, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. More or less, anyway. It always struck me as a little odd that professors seem to be the only workers for whom a "sabbatical" is at least allowed (if not encouraged).
betacandy From: betacandy Date: February 2nd, 2006 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I once temped at a company that encouraged people to take unpaid leaves of up to 6 months for pretty much anything. I never fully understood the policy, but the exec who explained it said someone had taken off time to write a book, someone else had taken time for travel. I'm just not sure on how often they were allowed to do this, or how the company filled in for them without replacing them. I think it's doable, though, and so are things like telecommuting (which would also reduce traffic and polution), and we need to start thinking outside the box. There might be a lot of simple changes that would make life much nicer for everyone, and we're just too mired in the status quo to embrace them.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: February 2nd, 2006 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I completely agree! If I could take a leave from work to write a novel, that would be AWESOME.
betacandy From: betacandy Date: February 2nd, 2006 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes. My only fear is, they'd demand to see the novel at the end, and I'd only have 3/4 of a draft done because I'm the slowest writer since some one-armed guy carving in stone at the very beginning of civilization.
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