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In a recent article in the Columbia Law Review, two George Washington University law professors, David Fontana and Naomi Schoenbaum, argue that many sex-discriminatory roles are set during pregnancy.
The paper, titled “Unsexing Pregnancy,” points out that gender equality laws do not yet extend to pregnancy, which courts assume “is a biological event that is almost exclusively for women.” This perpetuates the notion that women belong in the home, the authors argue, while men are free to advance their careers. In reality, the nine months of pregnancy “encompass a range of carework,” they write, and expectant fathers can do more to balance out the burden placed on mothers, from buying car seats to quitting smoking. Click here to continue reading
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“Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers.
Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. Justpeace.org explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society.
Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears.
Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi
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