Date: 2017-04-10 11:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
My own feminist test results are within a spit of yours.

What are you unsure of?

Date: 2017-04-10 12:54 pm (UTC)
danieldwilliam: (Default)
From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam

Like several of your commentators on FB I'm not sure I see Radical Feminism as as benign as the description.

Date: 2017-04-11 02:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] firecat
Yeah, it's pretty dumb to have a result labeled "marxist feminism" and talking about the means of production, etc., when no such vocabulary turned up in the test.

Date: 2017-04-10 11:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
I'm very supportive of expanding the Borders Railway and indeed transport links to the Borders.

I very much hope this upgrade to the East Coast Main Line goes ahead with re-instated stations at East Linton and Reston.

I also wonder if re-opening the Berwickshire Railway is worth considering - it ran from Reston near the Berwickshire Coast to pretty much Melrose.

Date: 2017-04-10 01:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam

Gut feel says there would be demand for the extension of the Borders Railway to Carlisle. Demand on the current route seems at the upper end of the business case. Connecting Hawick to Edinburgh seems like a good idea.

That said, Carlisle is about twice as far from Tweedbank as Tweedbank is from Edinburgh and it's population is only about 75k so it's a different proposition as a communter destination.

Whether it's the top best use of limited capital funds I'm less certain.

The running of commuter trains on the East Coast Main Line with stations at East Linton and Reston looks to be going ahead with funding from East Lothian and the Scottish Borders Councils for the stations. I think the next decision point is the timetabling exercise for the whole of Scotland due in 2018 which should determine if their are train paths between Berwick and Edinburgh or perhaps between Berwick and Alloa.

Sadly I can't see the Berwickshire Railway being viable anytime soon unless there was a large new town built along the route. I think only the Chinese are in the business of building railways in order to support the building of new cities.

Date: 2017-04-12 08:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
Perhaps by the time you've connected the towns in the Borders that are worth connecting to the current Borders Railway you're getting close to Carlisle that the network effects of having two end nodes that are connected to other lines is worth the extra thirty miles of track.

Date: 2017-04-10 12:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] haggis
Article 4 made me sick but I don't think separate or joint accounts are the solution to the gross selfishness of the wage-earners described.

I am the breadwinner for my house, my partner is disabled (and has been bureaucratically bullied out of the benefits he deserved). We have separate accounts - I pay for the bills and groceries and transfer money to him each month for him to spend on whatever he chooses. I am deeply and viscerally disgusted with the men quoted who apparently do not consider themselves responsible for supporting their families apart from in the most grudging and controlling of ways.

Date: 2017-04-10 04:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] momentsmusicaux
My partner and I have a joint account, and our own accounts. But income goes into the joint account, and then from time to time we figure out that we can afford to take some out into our personal accounts. Most things come out of the joint account, but if one of us were buying something just for ourselves and that was quite expensive, we'd discuss it, and it would probably come from personal accounts.

Some of the situations in that article do sound pretty grim. For one thing, surely clothes are a household expense?

It's a tough line to get exactly right though. At one point, it felt like she was out in a cafe every day while I was sitting at work, and that did rankle a bit.

Date: 2017-04-10 07:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brixtonbrood
Clothes are a household expense up to a point. There are certainly women out there shivering because they can't afford to buy themselves a winter coat and also get the children's new school uniform while husband buys a new Merc.

However there comes a point, somewhere after the twentieth pair of shoes, where my clothes shopping is just as much of a hobby as his Lego collection.

Date: 2017-04-11 02:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] momentsmusicaux
Yeah, that would be taking the piss.
If you have joint finances, you have to check that you're on the same page as to what it reasonable spending.

Date: 2017-04-11 03:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naath
He earns twice what I do, and I'm not badly paid... so I guess from a position of wealth and prvilege my gut reaction is that I'm not going to be a kept woman (we split the bills down the middle and keep what we have left), because that would surely mean doing more of the unpaid work and FUCK THAT NOISE. I don't think so much that these men should cough up cash for clothes and overpriced coffee as I think that some of those unpaid months should be being done be men.

Relatedly I'm under no misconceptions about the non-existant rights of cohabitees, if I wanted the protection of the divorce court I'd get married, I don't want to find myself effectively married without getting a say in it! Better education clearly needed if so many people are confused.

Date: 2017-04-12 09:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
MLW and I operate a joint bank account for household bills and travel. This includes holidays and travel that I do to visit my daughter. I pay more in to the joint account that MLW does because a) she works from home and so does more of the work around the house b) I'm paying for the daughter related travel and c) because she's usually the one doing the shopping or Captain Wrangling she tends to get hit with more out of pocket expenses.

We seem to operate a tacit arrangement where I pay for any meals out. Between me formally picking up a bit more of the housekeeping and generally funding ad hoc fun vouchers I believe that MLW feels that she is appropriately compensated for the work she does in our home.

She's effectively self-employed. When she was on maternity leave she'd saved up a bit of money to live on whilst she wasn't earning and the way her statutory maternity leave worked she got some decent support from the state.

Our incomes are different. We're both well paid senior professionals. She does client work 3.5 days a week usually. I'm at my job 5 days a week. I'm salaried with a bonus, she's self-employed. When she has a good year she earns more than I do. When she has a slow year at work or is busier Captain Wrangling or doing non-work things she doesn't. I shall be interested to see how things look when the Captain hit secondary school and MLW can go back to client work 5 days a week.

Roughly I think our arrangement is both fair and approximately equal.

But I think the main point is that we're both earning sufficient money that we can shrug off temporary imbalances without one of us having to do without.

Date: 2017-04-10 12:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Our mediaeval ancestors knew the planet is round. I guess you have to see flat earthers as a strange Victorian cult! :o)

Date: 2017-04-10 08:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anef
I don't believe I've ever been to Whitby, but I very much appreciated the postcard.

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