May 11, 2013

Now that's equality

Perhaps it should be a sad moment when a communist country shows us what equality really looks like, but I was quite perky upon reading that men in China who father a few too many babies are punished - not the women.

Strange that I should find this little snippet of gossipy news uplifting?  Nah.  Not really.  It's a nice contrast to every place on Earth, where women are routinely and overtly blamed and punished for every damned thing - for breeding, for aborting, for working, for not working, for eating this or not eating that, for wearing skirts, for daring to be in public, for not flossing ... for generally just being women.

While not yet proven, Zhang will be paying up big if shown that he's the father of seven little 'uns, in defiance of the not entirely strictly enforced one child policy - you can buy extra babies, and people in some areas are permitted two.

Nice, also, that the fines are progressive, based on income.

Family planning officials are examining discussions on the internet that say Zhang has fathered up to seven children with four women. If he is found to have violated the laws, he could be fined nearly $US27 million because the fines are based on the offender's income, according to a report in the online edition of People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party.
Seven children - top Chinese film director faces huge fine

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