Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Freedom and Equal Pay

Now that I am thesis free, I don't know what to do with myself. I have nothing looming over my head forcing me to care about time management. Or to make me feel guilty for watching my Netflix DVDs. In fact, not having a thesis to work on has kind of taken the fun out of doing things I "shouldn't" be doing. Now, when I watch an entire DVD worth of LOST, I feel like a lazy bum instead of like I'm rewarding myself for all the work I've done. Free time is now actually free instead of a trade off.

Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely enjoying the freedom. Oh yes, I'm enjoying it with wild abandon. Or at least as much abandon as I can handle as a white, female, lower-middle class liberal New Englander. (We aren't necessarily known for our wild abandon.) It's just interesting to see what I've lost from my gains.

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Speaking of gains, "today is Equal Pay Day, which is observed to symbolically represent the wage gap between men and women. To match the earnings of men in 2006, women have to work an extra four months - from January '06 through April 24, 2007."

There's something about actually "seeing" the disparity that knocks you off your feet. Like seeing the amount of weight you've lost (or need to lose) in hamburger. It makes you want to say, "Are you kidding me?!"

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