Que Vamos Hacer, Que Pena Contigo & It Is What It Is – Or, Is It?

on 08/16/2015 - 06:33 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
One of my first blogs for Global Expats, a little over 8 years ago, was titled Spain – Que Vamos Hacer, comparing the “Que vamos hacer” phenomenon in Spain with the “Que pena contigo” phenomenon in Colombia (with the American version being, “It is what it is”).  
The blog (cultural-analysis of the semantics aside) explored the discriminatory norms immigrants confront in Spain; how apathy of local ‘traffic cops’ promotes chaos on the roadways; how arbitrary norms within the courts promotes injustice and lawlessness within communities; how negligent consumer protection agencies promote incompetent goods & se ...

Feminism & the Enemy Within

on 08/16/2015 - 06:12 pm

One of the most common used criteria in ‘measuring’ women’s battle for equality, is in counting the number of women who hold high-level positions in the private and public sector. The problem with this, is that it fails to take into account the extent to which women in society are all too often their ‘worst enemy’. As Eleanor Smeal, former president of NOW and Founder of the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), said “You can’t count on any woman, once she gets some power, not to sell other women out” (The Second Stage by Betty Friedan).
This phenomenon is explained by Katherine Van Wormer in Confronting Oppression, Restoring Justice, “The ...

Backlash to Feminism in the West and in the Press

on 08/16/2015 - 05:40 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
The media and press are filled with news stories about ‘honor killings’ in India and the Muslim world, denouncing the ‘backlash’ from men who are working to undermine the women’s rights movements in the region. However, rarely do we hear in the press how the patriarchal rights movement and ‘backlash’ in the West has undermined the women’s rights movement in North America, Europe and Australia.
In the past 40 years, independent journalism has died out in the US and Europe, becoming the arm of the ruling class – an arm which directs and influences public opinion, rather than reporting on it. As Bill Kovach, former Wa ...

Why the Cock-bird Can Feather His Nest

on 08/16/2015 - 05:09 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
One of the most vociferous proponents of women’s rights in the past few decades has been the American presidential contender, Hillary Clinton – with the Clinton Foundation promising to “lift millions of women out of poverty—and with them, their families and entire communities.”
But, Clinton, like most women’s rights proponents of our time, is remaining all too silent about how continuing discrimination against women with family courts is disempowering, impoverishing, and oppressing millions of women each year in ‘America’ – and, what she plans to do about it if elected president.
Dr. Arlie Russell Hochschild expla ...