Women Say ‘No!’ to Equality in Retirement

Posted By on November 3, 2011

From Israel National News:

Egged on by feminists, Knesset’s Labor and Welfare Committee approves law that would keep women’s retirement age 5 years under men’s….

The leaders of Israel’s women’s groups adhere to militant “feminist” ideology which demands equality between men and women as regards respect, privilege and power. Equality is never demanded, however, with regard to obligations. Overwhelmingly, women’s advocates see special privileges for women in employment, taxation, benefits for divorcees and military service as a good thing. The militant feminist establishment’s position of power in media, courts and law enforcement has created a situation in which males in power also tend to toe the militant feminist line. Scholars have noted the connection between the feminist and Marxist movements, and Catharine MacKinnon, a leading feminist ideologue, has written that “Sexuality is to feminism what work is to Marxism.” She visited Israel in 2008 and was warmly received by local feminists.

Read the entire piece HERE.

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4 Responses to “Women Say ‘No!’ to Equality in Retirement”

  1. LVH says:

    This was a bit sensationalist and derogatory…

    Instead of taking the time and effort to address a few of the reasons why feminists/women are against this, the author quickly brandishes this as a result of “militant feminism.” Quite sexist, in my opinion…

    Here’s an article that discusses why so many were against raising the retirement age and how it would be unequal:

    Source

    “Explains Abramovitch, “If a woman is fired at the age of 60, or even 55, she has almost no chance of finding another job. At least under the current situation, she ‘only’ has to wait until she is 62 to become entitled to her pension.

    In reality, raising the age of retirement doesn’t mean more years of paying into the system – it means long years of poverty. And when the woman is finally entitled to receive that pension, it will never be enough to pull her out of the debt and despair that she will have accumulated.”

    In a system that already is wrought with ageism and sexism, raising the retirement age is not some special beacon of “equality.”

  2. You missed the point: The age for women is not the same as the age for men. That’s inequality right at the outset. We’re not in favor of state-funded pensions anyway (US Social Security is already bankrupt and coasting on IOUs to a depleted “trust fund”). The point in posting this was to demonstrate that women do demand special privileges — they don’t just ask for human rights.

  3. LVH says:

    No Mrs. Chancey, it is clear you have very much missed the point. I encourage you to read the article. A mere number increase for retirement is not equality. It is a nothing more than a joke.

    This is like giving black people the right to vote but turning a blind eye to the blatant racism and prevention of excercising their right. Women in Israel aren’t asking for special privledges, they are pointing out the sexism, ageism and injustices that older women face in the workforce. There is no equality gained if the retirement age is increased. Just more poverty.

    However, you are well within your right to conclude that women are just asking for special
    privledges without addressing the very real concerns. It just seems rather ignorant.

  4. We are coming from very different worldviews and just aren’t going to see eye-to-eye on this one, I’m afraid. The fact is that the global economic downturn has had far more of an impact on men’s jobs than on women’s. It is far easier for women to find work (especially in caregiving sectors like nursing and elder care) than it is for men to find work, as their most common job opportunities (construction, heavy equipment, etc.) have simply dried up with the collapse of the housing bubble. Hanna Rosin notes these trends in her article “The End of Men”. I don’t agree with her conclusions, but she shows that today’s economy is increasingly more suited to women rather than men. What is ignored is the impact this has already had and will continue to have on children, the vast majority of whom must be given to others to raise if both parents work outside the home (The New York Times ran a piece on this trend in 2009).

    Taxpayer-funded retirement is really the heart of the article I linked to — a Marxist concept that the State will provide for its people from cradle to grave, which we all know from history simply does not work. When we build societies and nations on a vibrant household economy (where families work together rather, incorporating their children into the business and equipping them for the long haul), we don’t have the problem of elderly people fighting for lowered retirement age and state-funded pensions at all. We have families who see work as a gift from God and a blessing, bring up children to see work as a gift, and then turn around and take care of their aging parents when they are no longer able to work. That’s how it is done here in Kenya. It’s how my parents did it (and theirs before them). It’s what is being revived again through teaching conferences like The Family Economics Conference and other online and offline workshops that show how husbands and wives can work together to build a household economy, teach their children life skills, and prepare for old age — without even thinking about state-mandated retirement ages or pensions. Greece is under the microscope right now because its state-funded welfare programs and pensions (and lack of enough young taxpayers to support them) are collapsing and taking the entire economies down with them. Other European countries will fall behind them like dominoes unless drastic measures are taken (e.g. chucking socialism out the window).

    It is a concern when women face poverty in their old age, but insisting on unequal, preferential treatment under the law is not the answer–it is more of the same problem and just illustrates that feminism (which is directly tied to Marxism) is not the answer — it’s just creating more questions. Putting bandaids over festering wounds is no long-term solution. Watch Demographic Winter and/or read Phillip Longman’s book, Empty Cradle: How Falling Birthrates Threaten World Prosperity And What to Do About It, for the big picture behind this problem. It’s extremely sobering and should push us to get busy bringing up a wise and prepared generation of young people (lots of them!) and to get our hands dirty working on concrete solutions now (taking care of our own parents is a good start; more comes after that).

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