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Kanako

You know, I am all for equality, but the fact is peploe make choices. Here in the sciences there are very few women. Back in the day there was in-fact a lot of sexism that was partially responsible for this, which was awful, but that is largely gone in the western world now (and much of the eastern as well). Unfortunately high ranking female scientists still, occasionally, suffer from diminished pay relative to their equivalent male counterparts, but it is only like 5%, and it is usually corrected very quickly as in all cases it gets rectified once anyone brings it up which happens with extremely few exceptions.Now there are far more grants, fellowships, scholarships, ect as well as a large quantity of unofficial affirmative action (i.e. whenever a female scientist for hire shows up there is a strong impetus to hire or admit because of fears of future accusations of poor female to male ratios at the given institution.) all available to women. This seems to have very little effect on the problem if it has any effect at all.The fact is there just are very few women interested in science relative to men. I am not suggesting that women who are interested in science are in any way inferior to men, they are not, everyone I have met has been just as intelligent and effective, but there simply is diminished interest in the female population at large, and I would assume this is the same when it comes to political cartooning.I will retort with: Why aren't there more men in: fashion design, gender studies academic positions, secretaries, wedding planning, ect Perhaps you think we should have affirmative action for males in those positions? People make choices, and I would argue that while, sadly, sexism isn't fully dead yet, the lack of women in political cartooning, and to a lesser extent science and other professions, is now mostly a mater of personal choice or interest in such matters, not some malicious male conspiracy. I have no doubts that there are just as many women as men who could make great political cartoonists, scientists, ect but, simple fact, if women just aren't interested in perusing those carriers, you will see fewer of them no matter what else happens or is done.Most men I know like political cartoons. Most women I know could care less. Where is the surprise then when more men express their individual interest in it by taking it up as a career? More men are interested in video games then women, and no surprise, one finds more men end up being video game designers then women. Its not that they are being oppressed via sexism restricting them from such positions, and it is certainly not that they are incapable of doing it, but for certain carriers there is just a disparity in interest, one way or another, between men and women. Rather, if one wishes to discus WHY there are differences in interests and career choices between men and women, then I would agree that therein lies a good place to look for the source of the problem. I don't know if it is true, but I could easily be made to believe that the issue stems from passive unintentional gender roles being imprinted by a slightly sexist society on young minds which influences peploes choices later in life. This certainly seems very plausible to me. But if that is the case, it is then too late to look at adults and ask why there are so few women (or men, if we actually wish to be equal in our gender concerns, which most feminists do not) in certain positions. Instead we must ask how and what is the perception of gender roles that our society either intentionally, or more likely unintentionally, imprints on children that causes them to choose certain career paths with an apparent gender bias later in life. Everything else is just so much unproductive whining, which actually sets female equality backwards because it imparts the horribly incorrect perception that women are just whiners incapable of achieving things without society giving it to them.

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