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my wife makes substantially more than I did before I retired

I am on HER health plan

the dominant creature in our household is Elsa, who is actually the smallest of our four cats.

But what made me really realize this was considering my medical care professionals

physician of record -  female

nurse practitioner who is my primary care physician -  female

orthopedist treating me for a wrist problem -  female

dermatologist -  female

dentist -  female

i grew up in a time where having a mother who was a professional (mine was an assistant AG of NY State) was unusual, and there were few female professionals as models for my classmates

what a different - and at least in this one way much improved - nation I now find myself.

Just saying.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Thu May 30, 2013 at 12:00:46 PM PDT

  •  Well, as the economists would say, (1+ / 0-)
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    almost all work has moved out of the home. So, eventually, the women had to follow the men. Are industrialized societies better off? It is questionable. While life expectancy increased for a while, that was mostly the result of improved sanitary conditions, waste disposal and pest control. Now people live longer on average, but for many those longer are not healthy lives. Doctors used to have clinics in their homes. Music teachers used to give lessons in the parlor. Marie Currie separated uranium on her kitchen stove. The first drones were built in someone's garage in California or Colorado.

    We are in the process of discovering that a surfeit of shoddy goods is not satisfying; that goods eventually run into a saturated market. Services, on the other hand, which is what women traditionally provided and economists, therefore, relegated to a lower, less-desirable status, are always in demand, especially if the quality is consistently high. The problem with that is that services are much less susceptible to being hijacked by the various categories and assortments of middlemen which have exploded in the modern economy. Electrons are squeezing out the middlemen and that's very upsetting to people whose only talent is interception and holding something or someone hostage until they get paid off. What will become of the virtual highwaymen? What is it that anyone wants a Willard Romney to do for them?

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu May 30, 2013 at 01:53:31 PM PDT

  •  Careful. (3+ / 0-)
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    boofdah, jan4insight, splashy

    Talk like that makes Erick Erickson sad.

    "War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate." ~ Al Cleveland & Marvin Gaye (1970)

    by JBL55 on Thu May 30, 2013 at 02:14:36 PM PDT

  •  Tim Wise tweeted about this today... (2+ / 0-)
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    teacherken, splashy

    ...and even posted the Lou Dobbs video link of the all-male panel to go with it. OMG, and the sausagefest even gets into anti-gay and anti-choice rhetoric in the process. It's a social-hot-button frenzy! :-o

    “The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening.” - Rosa Luxemburg

    by boofdah on Thu May 30, 2013 at 07:56:24 PM PDT

  •  I prefer women as doctors (1+ / 0-)
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    They seem to listen more.

    That being said, I know one doctor that is male that is a wonderful doctor. Everyone loves him, and he's very good at what he does.

    Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

    by splashy on Fri May 31, 2013 at 12:39:20 PM PDT

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