[Fwd: Gender depowerment: UNDP data on male and female suicideinthe world system]
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Sat Feb 24 17:23:02 MST 2001
Tony Abdo wrote:
> But another closer look leads to a different conclusion. With all its
> major defects, the cuture that was disintegrated here, had communities
> and familiar relations established in a functional, workable unit.
> What is in process now, lacks any of those unifying attributes.
> A society that once doted on its children, now throws them into little
> factory model daycares... That have no outdoor areas, but provide
> children with McDonald play areas instead.
> Instead of extended families, young children are handed 'GameBoys'/
> television instead, to occupy their time. Instead of hunting and
> fishing and cooking activities, children are handed microwave dinners
> and animal videos to play on the VCR (by themselves). Mom and Dad
> might be working in the middle of the night, and sleeping in the
> day...... Sleep-deprived parenthood.....extended relatives on the
> other side of the country.... neighbors only marginally known.
> Anthony had earlier stated that it is better to be a child in Colombia,
> in many ways, than it is to be a child in the US. I happen to agree
> with him. That is, because Colombian society has not been advanced
> into the equivalent level of atomization of its earlier society, in the
> way that the US has.
Exactly, Tony. that is what I had in my mind!
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