01 May 2007

So then

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Blogger Stray said...

*nods along*

It seems to me that 'strongly enourage' is mostly code for 'we intend not to be ignorant and stupid about your differences'. Not positive discrimination at all. Not even slightly.

I don't have a disability, and I'm not from an ethnic minority, but as a little girl I got a huge hand up from the various initiatives to encourage women into sciences and engineering. Later I got extra funding for my degree from a scholarship solely available to women. That was positive discrimination and it was needed, and useful, because we're now in a society where you'd mostly be laughed at for saying a woman couldn't be an engineer. Or that a father couldn't bring up his children.

Ok, it's not perfect, but it's a lot better. Isn't it?

And you're right, if you're different, you do have to be better, stronger and work harder if you're to get anything other than tokenistic momentary pats on the back, or worse, head. To get beyond "Isn't she good for a girl" mentality. And equivalents.

Good post ...


11:24 am  
Blogger Imperfect Christian said...

There are always those "exceptions" out there.

There are always people who will try to overcompensate for someone else's disability and it isn't always the best thing. I don't want my children treated BETTER than anyone else because they are disabled, I just want them treated LIKE everyone else. That's all.

5:27 pm  
Blogger Katie said...

heh imperfect christian.


There were some people in that thread screaming, "We should have a meritocracy!"

One of the old hags replied, "Yes, I'd like one of those too."

No one got the joke.

8:41 pm  
Blogger Sally said...

Excellently elucidated, thank you.
I have, am about to, quote you on mine, I hope that is ok with you.

9:36 am  
Blogger Katie said...

Thank you Sally - that would be very nice.

10:42 am  
Blogger Sally said...

Successfully quoted this time.

7:52 pm  

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