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The Age of Content

Normaali

Viikko 34



Date
: Mar 17th, 2015
Motion: THB that there is still a lot to do about racism & sexism
Role: MP (opp.)


The Progress of Feminism
At this point, it seems to be clear what feminism has achieved. It has reached its primary goals after universal suffrage. In these days, a woman can do four things with flying colours: she can
a) live as a single, b) have a baby without masculine input through artificial insemination or a rented womb, c) live together with another woman (with possibly a girl child, in an all-female household, as conceived in b) and d) rise up to the top of state or communal tenures, provided that she has obtained a suitable education and experience for that to happen. These things in combination are something that early feminists such as Mary Wollstonecraft or Charlotte Perkins Gilman could only have dreamed of. Today more and more women achieve a mixed combination of these four things, and coming generations are guaranteed to get the same standard of living, if not realistically more, on condition that the Earth survives our standard of living.

Consequently, feminism is at a crossroads when it comes to its next move or motion. The real ceiling isn’t made out of glass but brick or tiles, by now. Some say that this is not the case, for a woman’s euro or dollar is still only 80 cents of a man’s euro, but this, in my opinion, does not really matter.

Women may get paid a fifth less than men do, but at the end of the day, it is most probably a result from men not giving birth and being on maternity leaves, men doing more overtime without asking for late-hours recompensations and men being smarter in positions of trust, leadership and difficult maneuvering. Some of this boils down to differences in biology, which sexes can’t do anything about, except emasculating men, and the rest boils down to possibly a historical privilege. Employers will make it worth anyone’s while, when they perform well in their position and task. All of progress cannot be made by means of legislation. Besides, single women have enough disposable cash in their purses. Many begin to drink it away, because they do not know what to do with their good fortune.

My notion is that since feminism has reached its primary goals and guaranteed a veil-free life worth living for independent Western women, feminism has only some derivative secondary or tertiary goals left. What might they be?

The Prospects of Feminism
The way I see it is that there are Three possible goals left. Feminists may want to
a) drive the instances of domestic abuse to zero (tolerance), b) bring the number of women with tenure to over fifty percent and the number of women with a position in the private sector to about fifty percent, and c) liberate and emancipate women in developing and underdeveloped countries from under the yoke of oppressive men, who are oppressive due to machismo, poverty, religion and other reasons.

The first bullet in the list is the only one that I would recommend to be solved. I’m in favour of zero tolerance for domestic violence, and harsher punishments for it by law. But the other ones are too much to ask for. Saying that they are desirable would undermine my own position in the playing field of careers, human relationships and money ($$$).

I don’t want the public sector to be swamped by women. Nothing indicates that they would do a better job than men on social posts, as social posts are constrained more by economic realities, controlled by men-dominated fields of export trades, than their holders’ own decision-making powers. On the other point, I don’t (have to) care about global woes and injustices as much as I (have to) care about the iniquities in my own country and continent. I won’t fight to make it right on continents other than Europe.

Accordingly, what I’m saying is that on this continent, feminism has achieved the ceiling and can confidently wave its flag off the rooftop. As the first continent in the world. There’s nothing bad about that. But sufficiently is enough.

Thank you.


Arvio: En käsittele puheessani rasismia ollenkaan vaan keskityn vain yhteen kahdesta pääaiheesta. Mutta riittävästi sanottavaa on siitäkin, eikä/sillä mahdollisuutta esittää 14 minuutin puhetta (ei) ole. Täytyy toivoa, että edellä on sanottu riittävästi. Alun poleemisuus alkaa puheen kuluessa taittua humaanimmaksi sovinnollisuudeksi, kunnes se loppua kohti ottaa vielä yhden nousun kohti poleemisuutta. Mutta ehkä ”kuumuus” on parempaa kuin ”laimeus”.

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Normaali

Viikko 33



Date
: Oct 17th, 2014
Motion: THB that capitalism in culture keeps mending itself as it goes on
Role: Rep. (opp.)


Capitalism claims that in a stiff competition, unhealthy companies and fields of trade, products and practises disappear, as they are gradually phased out by and with better products, by means of consumer choice. Money flows to where functionality grows. Then, why do we still have such a thing as a video rental (shop) left in our economical-cultural landscape?

My view is that a video rental (renting out DVDs and Blue-Rays) these days is the worst choice for someone who wants cinematic entertainment. I base this on the triangle of three criteria, which, I claim, produce a better outcome, when it comes to six other means of obtaining cinematic entertainment. The triangle is made up of selection, time to watch and cost. I’ll go through the other alternatives in the following, summing them up very briefly. I’ll begin with the freshest option and move from it towards less fresh ones.

  1. Seeing movies at Movies/Movie Premieres. Movies are at their freshest in the cineplex. The time to watch is short (the movie’s duration) and the cost high (10 to 20 currency units on weekends), but the selection is versatile and wide. Chances are good that someone’ll be willing to discuss the movie later on.
  2. Seeing movies on the Internet. Both licit and illicit supply of the Internet is great. One can see for a going rate stuff on Netflix, HBO, Cmore or up-and-coming services, and on P2P platforms almost anything, old and new, for free. The selection and time to watch are limitless.
  3. Seeing movies on Pay Channels on TV. Not long after the cinema run, movies make their way to the lucrative 2nd market. Specialized channels show only movies week in and week out. There is a good selection and plenty of reruns during a given month.
  4. Seeing movies on Free Channels on TV. Basic cable or free terrestrial national TV screen surprisingly or even amazingly many movies every year. At the freshest end, movies that are about 4 years old, are typically shown. Rarities, black-and-white oldies but goodies and exotic cultures are on offer. There is no cost and there is always something to see.
  5. Seeing movies as DVDs bought and ordered online. Many retailers sell compilations and boxed sets of previously popular movies and series. They are more compact than single episodes or single seasons, providing an arc of drama, and a full narrative from the beginning to the end. These are cost-competitive with a wide selection. The time to watch is unlimited, and repeated viewings are encouraged as a matter of fact.
  6. Seeing movies as Library Loans. Libraries have often slightly out-of-date specimens from crummy selections of bargain-bin titles in the worst case, but the time to watch them is measured in weeks and cost is free. The trouble of having them is the same as for video rentals at large.

Compare the specifications of all of these alternatives with those of renting out a Video: a poor selection of contemporary offerings in schlock entertainment — action, rom-coms, exploitation, bare bottoms and horror. Other people effectively preselect what you choose. You have typically one night to watch the film, it costs too much proportionally and you have the thankless, unrewarding task of returning the opus, even if it was no good.

We ought to witness the sunset of video rentals now. They exist today, I believe, because they made the decision to go into the business of selling candy 15 years ago, and they sell it by the ounces and pounds still. Candy makes teeth rot. Low-quality, cheap eye candy is no better.


Arvio: Puhe yrittää todistella, että vallitseva markkinatalous ei karsi automaattisesti kaikkia rönsyjään. Aiheeksi on valittu tarkoituksellisesti teema, jota ei varmasti olla käsitelty saman puolen aiemmissa puheissa, sillä niissä on pitänyt pitäytyä suuremmissa linjoissa ja suuremmissa ”vioissa”. Edustajan kuuluu lähteä omille teilleen samalla kun hän pitää puolensa puolta. Esimerkiksi näin.