For reasons I can't really explain, in the last week there have been a lot of debates between 21 year old me and 40+ year old women about paid parental leave. I understand that they don't support, even I don't really understand why. I know there are economic reasons for and against, but they mostly go entirely over my head. My biggest problem is when your first argument is 'I never got any help." That is crap. It may be true, but it is still crap. That's not a good reason, that's only just above 'women belong in the home' as a reason. It isn't 'paying women to have babies' it is providing financial support to new mothers. As far as I'm concerned, you don't need a reason to help someone, you need a reason not to.
On a related note, I study human resource management and industrial relations, and live with a girl who studies criminology. I have actually acquired some relevant knowledge. I may not have been in the workforce for the last 35 years but that does not render my opinions entirely invalid by default. Academia is not entirely bullshit and should not be dismissed as such.
Oh God, I feel so much better for getting that rant out.
In fannish news, I finally convinced broncobabe007
to watch Band of Brothers. She and I share ships, Speirs/Lipton and Winters/Nixon, though that would probably be more notable if we didn't already ship the exact same things in all our fandoms. In honour of this, I am putting together some Damian Lewis picspam. I just need some BoB caps to complete it. Furthermore, I offer two Speirs/Lipton recs. Conduct Unbecoming an Officer
- NC17 He's so quiet. Noiseless. Lipton wants to hear him shout, groan, make a sound for its own sake. Untitled
- NC17 He wanted to be kind, somehow. How did that happen? How did friendliness happen, or was that something that some people knew and others were doomed to never understand?