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Midwives, check your white privilege

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The Code of Conduct from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has some interesting clauses regarding nurses acknowledging our colonialist past and check our white privelege. Who knew that bringing people into the world requires nurses to undergo such PC nonsense and reeducation on something they do out of love and passion? What happened in all the child births to date that required professionals to pass identity criteria before ‘helping’? What if the selected midwife that ticks the boxes comes down with the flu and the patient goes into emergency labour due to an unforeseen complication? Does the baby’s life or the identity of the replacement midwife take priority? See below.

3.2 ​Culturally safe and respectful practice

Culturally safe and respectful practice requires having knowledge of how a midwife’s own culture, values, attitudes, assumptions and beliefs influence their interactions with women and families, the community and colleagues. To ensure culturally safe and respectful practice, midwives must:

a. understand that only the woman and/or her family can determine whether or not care is culturally safe and respectful.

b. respect diverse cultures, beliefs, gender identities, sexualities and experiences of women and others, including among team members.

c. acknowledge the social, economic, cultural, historic and behavioural factors influencing health, both at the individual, community and population levels.

d. adopt practices that respect diversity, avoid bias, discrimination and racism, and challenge belief based upon assumption (for example, based on gender, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, age or political beliefs).

e. support an inclusive environment for the safety and security of the individual woman and her family and/or significant others, and

f. create a positive, culturally safe work environment through role modelling, and supporting the rights, dignity and safety of others, including women and colleagues.

When my second daughter was born not for one second did the midwife’s identity play any role. Yet somehow we must now indoctrinate PC lunacy inside our hospitals. Surely safe deliveries are 100% of the mission. Not submitting to the whims of someone who subjectively sees themselves as something they’re not. Why can’t we just evaluate nurses on their abilities rather than search for ways to make them tick all the identity boxes to fit a structure that has not been required for millennia?

Diversity in Japan

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Mizuho Bank was one of the first Japanese companies to openly embrace diversity and LGBT in a pride parade it promoted around 6 months ago . All the placards of ‘diversity is our strength’ and ‘inclusive society’ were displayed. The bank says it is the first in Japan to offer products which include housing loans that can be taken out jointly by same-sex partners, as well as principal guaranteed trust products — under which assets can be passed on to a same-sex partner.

According to an online survey by Dentsu in 2015, 7.6% of the population identified as LGBT. LGBT is not necessarily frowned upon at all. In fact many celebrities make a small fortune for being so. Matsuko Deluxe is a great example. She maintained her top spot in last year’s edition of the Nikkei Entertainment’s annual “Talent Power Ranking“.

For a culture that appears on the outside excessively conservative, variety shows embrace the very characters that shatter that myth. In such an orderly, consensus driven society their popularity stems from the fact they so brazenly buck the cultural stereotypes. After 20 years living here there would seem to be little evidence of blanket ‘discrimination’ against LGBT communities. Japan has existed more on a “don’t tell” mentality.

In the workplace more Japanese companies are embracing ‘nadeshiko’ to promote women. It was not uncommon to have a Japanese company look to marry off females to the legions of salarymen. So women were often overlooked for promotion for fear they’d raise kids and quit. While a terribly weak excuse to be sure one would hope that Japanese managers today  focus on hiring the best talent rather than hit predetermined gender quotas. There are plenty of talented Japanese women who can comfortably be selected on ability not gender. Although some will argue hard quotas will be needed so as to make companies feel comfortable they aren’t seen as ‘behind the times.’ Having said that government guidelines saw 90% of corporates adopt independent directors on their boards. Peer pressure seemingly works here.

However following ‘guidelines’ for the sake of it makes little sense. Were females more competent than the similarly ranked males on a 3:1 ratio in one company why not promote on that basis rather than a state suggested 2:1? If another company saw men 3:1 more skilled than women why wouldn’t a company want to rationally promote on those grounds? Indeed if companies look to succeed they should make decisions based on what is best for profitability and shareholders.

One corporate was asked this question of hiring more women at the AGM.  The CEO said he’d be only to glad to do so provided he could source suitable candidates. Hard to hit targets if the slew of applicants is 99% male. Indeed the company hires based on what it perceives as best fit for the business.

Things are changing in Japan on many fronts.

With marriage rates dwindling and childbirth nudging the 1mn mark per annum, more women are choosing to put the career first and have kids later and later.  Shotgun weddings now number 25% of all marriages and several companies are capitalizing on this trend by offering express matrimonial services. Society is changing. Note the report we wrote on the breakdown in the ‘nuclear family’ which tables in detail those seismic shifts.

Diversity in Japan. Far from wearing pussyhats and protesting with hostility there would seem to be many awaiting some centralized guidelines. While most would expect CM to tear strips off Mizuho for lining up for politicizing the workplace for once I’d credit it for “PROACTIVITY”. Indeed it wasn’t so long ago that then PM Koizumi had to tell corporate Japan that it was ok to take ties off in sweltering summer with power shortages in what was coined as “cool biz”.  Such a decision of common sense couldn’t be formulated by proactive management.

Mizuho’s credit doesn’t so much revolve around its appeals for more diversity rather for making a bold step to decide to do something like this without waiting for external guidance. With more internally driven open mindedness like this it paints a better role model for creating change.

This does not call for indoctrination of social ideals in the workplace. By all means provide hiring managers with better training on identifying talent but do not force identity politics in the office. Individual ability trumps identity every time.

So full marks to Mizuho. The message for Japan Inc to grasp from it is proactivity and common sense, not awaiting to be told what to do by some bureaucracy that is probably a worse offender of the guidelines it will inevitably seek to push.

XFL vs NFL

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See a need. Fill a need. While the kneeling saga continues to hit the revenues of NFL, WWE founder and chairman Vince McMahon announced he is bringing the XFL back “to give the game of football back to the fans.”

In what is a pretty simple formula McMahon said, “People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained. We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time,”

Any player with a criminal record will not be eligible for the XFL. McMahon will own all the teams. He claims he isn’t doing it due to NFL troubles.

So the question is will players still be kneeling in NFL in 2020 if indeed there is a league to kneel at? Time will tell but know your customer suggests is an important recipe in making money.

Starbucks caffeinates its employees

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Starbucks loves to serve its politics up with its bitter brew but once tax cuts are causing even the biggest virtue signaling corporation to serve its employees with an “extra shot” with whipped cream.

From the Seattle Times,

All employees will soon be able to earn paid sick time off, and the company’s parental leave benefits will include all non-birth parents. Starbucks Corp. said Wednesday that the changes affect about 150,000 full-time, part-time, hourly and salaried employees, most of whom work as baristas or shop managers. The new benefits apply to workers at more than 8,200 company-owned stores but not at the 5,700 licensed shops like those found inside supermarkets…The company will give at least $500 worth of Starbucks stock in April to employees at stores, support centers or bean roasting plants. Store managers will get $2,000 in stock grants.

#makecoffeegreatagain

LAPD officers prefer crime fighting to virtue signaling

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The LAPD has spent $10.2mn to save the planet with BMW i3 patrol cars. According to CBS “Sources say some [police] personnel are reluctant to use the electric cars because they can only go 80-100 miles on a charge. And the mileage logs we obtained seem to back that up. From April 2016 when the project started through August 2017, we found most of the electric cars have only been used for a few thousand miles. And a handful are sitting in the garage with only a few hundred on them.”

Of course an LAPD spokesperson defended the purchase to save the planet. Seems like those entrusted with law enforcement prefer practicality in the field rather than statements of virtue. Perhaps they should only be used on donut runs.

One of the best interviews on identity politics you’re likely to see

Probably one of the best interviews of liberal logic being tipped on its head. The interviewer Cathy Newman defines everything about why identity politics is so divisive. From 22 minutes on you can see the guest, Jordan Peterson, utterly (but politely) destroy her illogical and hypocritical arguments after enduring 22 minutes of her nastiness. A joy to watch.

Australians all let us remorse for we must wail and grieve

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The Greens cement their stupidity once again. Ignoring the consistent message of Aboriginal leaders over many years, The Greens insist we must change the date of Australia Day because Jan 26 marks one of genocide.

No, it doesn’t matter that the people most likely in touch with the people related to the ‘real’ victims of 200+ years ago don’t require it be renamed ‘Invasion Day’, The Greens apparently know better. The majority of  native Aussies have already moved on and repeatedly tell us so but The Greens are insistent on finding whatever remnants of those who want to be victims to ensure all those Aussies from multiple ethnic backgrounds and cultures leave the BBQ lids shut and mourn over things they had no control over given they weren’t even born.

What is more telling with Greens supporters is the vilification of Aboriginal leaders who openly reject their stance. What part of “let’s all unite as Australians and celebrate our nation” don’t they get? Aboriginal leaders are for unity and The Greens division. They even want flags flown at half mast. The Greens manifesto remains squarely in the rear view mirror.

It was only last year where like minds looked to end “Mothers Day” because it was not ‘inclusive’ enough. Let’s find any excuse to have a moan about something that affects minorities that make up an infinitesimal fraction. Let’s persecute the majority to ensure inclusiveness.

This looniness is not limited to Australia. Take the British Medical Association. It has published a guide outlining trans-inclusive language. As Jennifer Oriel wrote in The Australian yesterday, “Consider the text on pregnancy: A large majority of people that have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women. We can include intersex men and transmen who may get pregnant by saying ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘expectant mothers’.” Alternatively, we could state biological fact by refusing to say “pregnant people”. I don’t care if you’re a PC hipster, “in transition” or running the asylum, you’re not pregnant unless you have a womb and if there’s a baby in there, you’re an expectant mother.”

Lord help us if The Greens read that memo. The maternity ward signs will be pulled down in no time.