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Sorry for a very lazy quote diary. I plan to develop it later, but I thought it was worth posting it now. Go read the whole article.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Aug 21st, 2009 at 07:35:37 AM EST
And thank you to Nicholas Kristof.

The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence.
by marco on Fri Aug 21st, 2009 at 10:39:05 AM EST
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and Sheryl WuDunn!

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Aug 21st, 2009 at 12:31:32 PM EST
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You're right.  This is must-read material.  Kudos to WuDunn.

The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence.
by marco on Fri Aug 21st, 2009 at 02:18:19 PM EST
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Just finished reading, really interesting.  I know it keeps being said but gender equality is still a far off concept for so many countries.  

The more that people become mobile the more opportunity there is for cultures to mix and influence each other.  I very much hope that cultures where women are more equal continue to influence how women are valued and treated in other countries.

Some of the stories in the article seem too shocking to be true and there is clearly a great deal more work to do to change attitudes and cultures.

But even in our modern, 'enlightened' Western cultures, gender inequality is still rife even if not so overt.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Aug 22nd, 2009 at 11:39:14 AM EST
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