Comics Creators

Diversity in Modern Society



Heck, I’d thought Netflix just got run off by the revenooers and moonshiners.


These data were quoted as a tangent in another discussion, and reminded me of the conversation here in the summer about different countries female:male ratio as medical doctors.

I hadn’t really appreciated how wide the range is, and some out the outliers are interesting (Japan is not a culture I have more than a passing familiarity with really … what drives that figure there?)


When I looked into it those numbers cover the average so you’re dealing with 4 decades of social influence. The numbers limited to under 30’s might be interesting to see how the trends are going. I think the number is over 60% in the UK for under 30’s for example.


Oh absolutely, but at the point of comparison, the time scale effect should be equivalent, so it is down to different prevailing social and cultural factors in those countries at the same time.


I’ve been reading about it recently and it is pretty shocking. There is an issue with careers and women and maternity across Japan. It is often understood if you want to excel in your career you don’t have kids.

Some medical courses deliberately failed women who passed their various examinations in order to discourage them from a career in medicine.


That’s really interesting, in the eye-opening sense of the word, thanks Gar.


Japan comes up in these discussions because their institutional sexism is still more obvious than the Western version;


It is. My last boss was Japanese (and female) and I have worked with people in the region a fair bit. It is true that in that area, IT rather than medicine, there was the same culture. The women I worked with at the higher levels were all childless. The ones who had kids tended to remain in the positions they were in.

It’s anecdotal but I didn’t see women allowed to have both the high flying career and a family. The anecdotal also seems to match the data.


More on that;

Japanese couple apologise for ignoring work pregnancy timetable by conceiving ‘before their turn’

A Japanese worker has been reprimanded by her boss for “selfishly breaking the rules” after she became pregnant before it was her “turn”, according to media reports.

The woman was working at a private childcare centre in Aichi prefecture, north Japan, when she found out she was pregnant.

However, the timing reportedly clashed with “shifts” drawn by the childcare centre director, which listed when female staff were allowed to marry and have children.

The plight of the woman, who has not been identified, highlights the unsettling practice of some Japanese companies dictating when female staff are allowed to marry and have children, depending on their level of seniority.

Her experiences came to light after her husband, aged 28, wrote a letter outlining their plight to Mainich Shimbun , one of Japan’s leading newspapers.

Describing how his wife felt “glum and anxious” after finding out she was pregnant, the husband wrote: “The director at the child care center where she works had determined the order in which workers could get married or pregnant, and apparently there was an unspoken rule that one must not take their ‘turn’ before a senior staff member…”

The couple formally met with the director to apologise about the pregnancy in person, but the husband claimed that his wife has since been “chided” for “selfishly” breaking the rules of the child care center.

He added: “Childcare providers sacrifice their own children to care for the children of others. It is a noble profession that nurtures children who will forge the future of this country.

“I respect my wife for her commitment to her profession, and continue to encourage her. The conditions of those working to nurture and care for children are evidence of a backward country.”

The case has prompted a flood of support in Japan, a nation famed for both its shrinking birth rate and a chronic shortage of public childcareestablishments.

Many commentators were critical of the nursery, claiming such rules are a violation of human rights - although some were sympathetic to the challenges faced by childcare centres due to widespread staffing shortages.

Japanese women have long had a tough time in the workplace, due to widespread gender discrimination, with the nation slipping to 114th place out of 144 countries in last year’s World Economic Forum global gender equality rankings.

Maternity harassment – known as “ matahara ” in Japan – is also a major issue, with a 2015 government survey revealing that half of the nation’s working women suffered some kind of harassment after becoming pregnant, with one in five dismissed from their job.

The practice of telling female employees exactly when they are allowed to have children – and when they cannot - is reportedly not confined to the childcare industry in Japan.

Another woman, aged 26, from Tokyo also reportedly spoke out about how a female supervisor at a cosmetics-related company told her she would not be allowed to have a child until she was around 35.

She reportedly received a document detailing childbirth and childrearing schedules which was circulated among 22 female colleagues via email, with the warning: “Selfish behaviour will be subject to punishment.”



What the hell?! Did they stop publishing annual calendars in Japan in 1955?


This is also not a good reflection:


As I said a culture I am aware I don’t know nearly enough about, but still surprised how little.



Read that yesterday, couldn’t decide whether to post it or not. Yeah, Watson is a bigot. Damned shame.


However, the history of the institution is enlightening

“An old stucco house stands atop a grassy hill overlooking the Long Island Sound. Less than a mile down the road, the renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory bustles with more than 600 researchers and technicians, regularly producing breakthroughs in genetics, cancer and neuroscience.

“But that old house, now a private residence on the outskirts of town, once held a facility whose very name evokes dark memories: the Eugenics Record Office“


Reading his remarks, I was reminded of:



Over 200,000 down votes. Only 34,000 upvotes. Kind of says a lot.


That the voting mechanism on YouTube proves nothing, and is only there to feed engagement numbers into THE ALGORITHM?