Jan 4, 2010

Compassion/kindness and feminism

The relationship between feminism and motherhood is problematic. Is it this issue which makes some females more compassionate than others ? I've always been compassionate, and I'm becoming more and more compassionate over time. I suppose it's a matter of putting yourself in the shoes of others, and doing your best to remember that we all deserve to be treated with the same basic human respect. I don't know if that's easier said than done, as I don't know how you think. But how about females who lack any sense of kindness/compassion ?

Feminist theorists question issues such as the relationship between sex, sexuality, love, emotional satisfaction and the psychological status of women. If you are dealing with feminism world, you would expect most old single unhappy females to lack any sense of compassion/kindness simply because they are lonely ! Okey, being lonely shouldn't always be a depressive matter.

According to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the University of Pennsylvania published in May 2009 women are feeling less good about themselves and their lives. The title of the study is “The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness.” The authors of the research, Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers write: “By many objective measures the lives of women in the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate that women’s happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men.” The researchers carried out their study across cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic groups in several industrialized countries. Similar research was carried out in the 1970s and women were cheerier back then. Women used to be generally happier than men, now a “new gender gap is emerging - one with higher subjective well-being for men.”

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