21st Century Values
Girls equal in British throne succession
British monarchy set to enter the 21st century?
The question of British throne succession has opened the Pandora’s Box of equality. Those who want elected heads of state in the 54 countries making up the British Commonwealth of Nations say “The monarchy discriminates against every man, woman and child who isn’t born into the Windsor family. To suggest that this has anything to do with equality is utterly absurd.”
Monarchists say it is simply a question of equality. It’s a value that everyone accepts. A commonsense and principled reform that allows our laws to evolve at the same rate as our societies. They are not expecting any opposition and add that on this topic there is no noise.
The ban on the monarch being married to a Roman Catholic is also being lifted. The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, said the elimination of the “unjust discrimination” against Catholics would be widely welcomed.
Changing these laws which date back to the 1600s will require the consent of the commonwealth nations. There have been at least 11 attempts to change the passage of succession down the years, but they’ve never got anywhere. Now, with the arrival of Kate and William on the public stage, a sense of urgency has overtaken the drag of inertia. An October 28, 2011 BBC News Report states that the leaders of the Commonwealth countries where the Queen is head of state unanimously approved the changes at a summit in Perth, Australia. However, in 2013 these discussions revising the primogeniture laws seem to have provoked in some a more general scrutiny of the relevance of the royal family in societies where fairness and equality ought to reign supreme.
The Wharton Work/Life Integration Project and Twitter Chat
I’m not certain why one third of Quebecers are unmarried. But it certainly is a great way to avoid the nightmare of Canada’s divorce law. Here’s a new link that takes the discussion one step further. The Wharton University of Pennsylvania has been running a Work/Life Integration Project since 1991. So far Stew Friedman, Wharton practice professor of management, has 20yrs of data that suggests we are working much longer hours and expecting dual career relationships, both of which lead couples to avoid having children.
“Think about … that perception of work demands just in terms of raw time,” Friedman says. “I’m not surprised that people are thinking, ‘I’m not going to be able to have children, or I will have fewer children.’ And the reduced likelihood of having children held true for men and women, which speaks to how the attitudes of men and women have evolved over the last two decades.”
From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 29, Knowledge@Wharton and Friedman will host a Twitter chat to further discuss the changing nature of work/life integration:
Q1 How has your definition of “having it all” changed over the course of your career?
Q2 What life- or work-related factor most influences how you define “having it all”?
Q3 How is the changing nature of work affected your ability to integrate career and the rest of life?
Q4 If you could change one thing about your work that would make life easier, what would it be?
Q5 For whom is “having it all” easier – men or women?
To participate in the chat, follow @knowledgwharton and @StewFriedman on Twitter and include the hashtag #kwchat in your replies.
You can read the rest of the Wharton article entitled The Changing Nature of ‘Having It All’.
A Hopeful DSM Update from Linda Gottlieb
From Dr. William Bernet, Chairman of the PAS working group:
“I will tell you what I have learned, but we may not know for sure until May 2013 when the book is published.”
As far as I can tell, the words “parental alienation” will not be in DSM-5. However, it seems very likely that the concept of parental alienation and the definition of parental alienation will be mentioned in at least two places in DSM-5.
If the actual behavior of turning a child against a parent is cited as an example of child psychological abuse, then this is much more significant than having the label of a diagnosis. Because once a behavior is deemed to be child abuse, IT CAN BE CRIMINALIZED. I am hoping for this! Read the rest of the update.
Changes in the DSM-5 put it more in sync with another widely used manual, the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases, eleventh edition (ICD-11), PsychCentral reports. This may enhance communication and consistency among mental health care professionals who use either handbook.
Municipal Bylaws Support Mental Health Programs
Children who go through a hostile divorce and alienation, can present serious, longlasting health problems, including difficulties at school, work and in adult relationships. If doctors label parental alienation psychological child abuse this May, we will need policies to help keep children safe. Teachers and social workers are going to change their approach to ignoring this abuse and perhaps we will see municipal governments creating bylaws and programs to help promote child mental health.