Friday, November 16, 2007

Guess how women are being screwed this time? (And the answer isn't missionary style)

It's by this study which shows that it's more socially acceptable for women to take time off from work than it is for men. Why is this bad? Listen to the experts:

A new study formally links the data and the norm, indicating women miss more work than men because that's what society expects. This seemingly benign "policy" could foster workplace discrimination in wages and advancement for women, the study authors suggest.

"The results suggest that a distinct absence culture exists for women that might legitimize their absenteeism, but it might also perpetuate gender stereotypes and lead to gender discrimination," said researcher Eric Patton of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
Legitimate absenteeism=not worried about women being there as much=woman aren't valued in the workplace as much. I'm not arguing a slippery slope here, just inferences that are legitimately drawn from such a stereotype.



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