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Window Dressing, Smokes Screens & Hell-fire Rhetoric

on 08/16/2015 - 07:30 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
“Too often inter-agency work at local levels is little more than ‘window-dressing’ meetings, roundtables and even entire projects which result in reports, workshops or conferences, but create minimal change in the support, safety and services provided for victims/survivors, the sanctions applied to perpetrators, or the efforts aimed at prevention” states the UN Division for the Advancement of Women’s report Good Practices in Combating and Eliminating Violence Against Women.
Unfortunately, largely due to an ideological rift in the women’s rights movement for the past 50 years, feminist organizations and leading advocates have never d ...

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 ...

The Secret to Successful Networking

on 08/16/2015 - 04:14 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
Networking websites such as Facebook & Linkedin and many others on the Internet have brought much attention to the existence and importance of networking; with some people even contending that facebook ‘invented’ networking. However, networking is nothing new, it has been around since the beginning of mankind.
Networking is used by people everywhere – by business men & women, by entrepreneurs, by politicians & lobbyists, by lawyers, judges & other judicial actors, by doctors & healthcare professionals, by journalists, by clergymen, by moms & homemakers, by bureaucrats & civil servants, by those involved in organized crime ...

The Power of Women in the New Global Economy

on 08/16/2015 - 03:14 pm

The 1980’s were characterized by mergers and acquisitions with corporate raiders, financial institutions and the legal profession raking in big bucks in the wake they left behind. The idea behind these M&A’s was to produce economies of scale, and thereby efficiencies in industries and markets. But, in reality what was produced were monolithic companies plagued with bureaucratic inefficiencies, which in turn lobbied governments to deregulate industries and convince regulatory agencies to turn a blind-eye to unethical, and at time illegal, conduct of corporate executives. Then, in the 1990’s the concept of ‘too big to fail’ was born, with populations across th ...

A Mile in My Shoes

on 08/16/2015 - 03:00 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
In 1959, Howard Griffin, a writer from Texas, chemically darkened the color of his skin and journeyed through the Deep South, chronicling the hatred and racism he met along the way in his controversial book Black Like Me (1960). In later editions of the book, he discussed the hatred and death-threats he and his family suffered as a consequence of having exposed the plight of the black man in the racially segregated South.
In preparing for his journey, Griffin understood that if he were to really understand the harsh realities of a black man living in the South in the late ‘50’s, he would have to experience firsthand the persecution and discrimination they ...

The 70/90 Rule & the Principle of Due Diligence

on 08/16/2015 - 01:48 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
It used to be that within the courts one had to provide a ‘smoking gun’ level of proof; that is to say, demonstrate ‘bad faith’ or ‘intent’ in criminal and civil tort cases. However, in the past few decades ‘due diligence’ has increasingly become popular, not only in the courts, but in every industry and profession. Due diligence, broadly defined is the minimum level of effort that a ‘party’ must exercise in the execution of their responsibilities or obligations – with all too many it appears, putting the bar very low in determining ‘minimal level of effort’.
For this reason, the ‘due ...

Professionalization to Domesticity: Not Mutually Exclusive

on 08/16/2015 - 12:07 pm

by Quenby Wilcox
The work-place of the 1980s and ‘90s was characterized by a transition from a manufacturing to a service and information-base economy, or what some call the “post-industrial revolution”.  It was replete with mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, and rapid expansion, with companies scrambling around trying to restructure, reorganize, streamline and adapt to a continually changing and chaotic environment.  
These decades were also dominated by Wall Street ‘golden-boys’ (and a few ‘golden-girls’), international financiers, deregulation of the financial sector, globalization of financial markets, ‘trickle-down’ R ...