Why do so many feel the utter need to slut shame female characters. It’s the most ridiculous thing. Oh my god a woman is wearing bra and panties oh no the world is ending! SHE MIGHT BE HAVING SEX AND ENJOYING IT OH GOD.
Google to offer gay staff extra pay to allow for tax inequality with straight couples
Internet giant Google today began paying its gay staff more than heterosexual employees in the latest example of its lavish perks culture, reports The Daily Mail.
Lesbian and homosexual staff will get extra wages to make up for higher taxes they have to pay.
The search engine decided it was only fair to bump up the salaries of its gay staff, a spokesman said.
Under U.S. law, when a firm offers health insurance as a benefit for an employee’s partner, it is tax-free for married couples but taxable income for gays.
Google will make up the difference in additional pay, on average $980 a year.
And as a company they’re allowed to do this. It’s their right to discriminate, even if they mean well.
I really, really don’t know how to feel about this.
It’s like, on one hand, yeah they have that right, and yeah, they mean well. On the other, if I were a straight employee of Google, I don’t know how I’d feel about this.
One thing is certain, though. I don’t think they should be praised for this.
I think that, even though they mean well, discrimination shouldn’t be celebrated. Sure, they have the right to discriminate, but does that make it okay to discriminate— even if the discrimination is to fight discrimination on the government level?
This really only works if they only offer it to gay staff members who have a partner (domestic partner, I’m guessing, as unmarried straight couples wouldn’t gain any tax benefits either). If they don’t, then Google’s just paying gay employees more than straight ones. Reminds me a bit of reparations, and I’m not sure I agree with it (even though I’m part of the LGBT community myself).
I think Google should be praised for this.
If you look at the UK’s Telegraph…
The search engine giant yesterday adjusted the pay packets of employees in same sex relationships to offset income tax they have to pay on health insurance for their partners
Gay couples have also been given the same rights as heterosexuals to take off from work for family or medical reasons, Cynthia Yeung of the Google’s strategic development team said in a blog post. (x)
and the New York Times…
On average, employees with domestic partners will pay about $1,069 more a year in taxes than a married employee with the same coverage, according to a 2007 report by M. V. Lee Badgett, director of the Williams Institute, a research group that studies sexual orientation policy issues.
So Google is essentially going to cover those costs, putting same-sex couples on an even footing with heterosexual employees whose spouses and families receive health benefits.
The company began to look at the disparity after a gay employee pointed it out, said Laszlo Bock, Google’s vice president for people operations (also known as human resources). Google, by the way, says its benefits team seriously considers any suggestions on how to expand its coverage.
“We said, ‘You’re right, that doesn’t seem fair,’ so we looked into it,” Mr. Bock said. “From that initial suggestion, we said, let’s take a look at all the benefits we offer and see if we are being truly fair across the board.” As a result, the company also decided to make a few other changes that would help gay employees, including eliminating a one-year waiting period before qualifying for infertility benefits and including domestic partners in its family leave policy — going beyond the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks’ leave in a one-year period to recover from a medical condition or to care for a relative.
The extra compensation to cover the domestic partner tax will apply only to same-sex domestic partners, Mr. Bock said, because heterosexual couples can avoid the added tax by marrying. (Same-sex couples can make their unions official in several states, but their relationship will not be federally recognized.)
…So what’s the cost of Google’s largess? Mr. Bock declined to provide details but said the decision was less about money and more about equalizing benefits. “If you were to add it all up, it’s not like we are talking hundreds of thousands per employee,” he said. “It will cost some money, but it was more about doing the right thing.”
…Google “has decided it’s in their best interest to treat employees with same-sex partners fairly,” said Daryl Herrschaft, who oversees the Workplace Project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, “and that includes picking up the slack when federal law doesn’t recognize the diversity of today’s work force.” (x)
I mean, what else is there to say? My argument is pretty self explanatory in the above articles.
is just as creepy coming from aces as it is coming from skeezy guys who just want to manipulate someone into fucking them.
JUST AS CREEPY. Got it? Just because your end goal isn’t sex doesn’t mean what you’re doing isn’t manipulative and rooted in a massive entitlement complex. Don’t do that shit! Your queerplatonic zucchini/squish/whatever the term is now doesn’t owe you anything more than a potential sexual partner owes a sexual person, because REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT A RELATIONSHIP INVOLVES SEX, IT IS STILL DEPENDENT ON THE CONSENT OF BOTH PARTIES.
This has been your daily public service announcement from [Voltairine].
Yesterday we posted a chart to which some people took offense. One person took the time to write us directly with her anger about the chart. I took exception to her tone and disagreed with her assertions and regrettably fell into one of the more simple traps of poor communication, writing a …
I’m…. really glad to see this actually. I’ve been following the issue and the responses to this, but haven’t really put my two cents in purely because the issue was so heated and I’m…really sensitive about it. I disliked the chart in question, found it offensive. It represented something that actually happened to me: a friend who wouldn’t accept any kind of no for an answer and kept trying to pull “tricks” that he thought would magically make me like him and ultimately get me into his bed. A friend that actually told me after numerous refusals that he’d continue to push the issue and finally that he was perfectly capable of raping me. Coming from that perspective, yes, I found the chart offensive. But I understand that not everyone is necessarily aware of the dialogue.
So I guess, I’m just really pleased to see someone willing to reevaluate the issue… And take the time to admit that perhaps they jumped the gun… well, this made me incredibly happy. Thank you.
Hetalia has people who manhandle flags and behave disrespectfully.
Homestuck has people who hit cosplayers with buckets.
Sherlock has people who don’t respect the actor’s privacy.
Supernatural has people who say Sera Gamble should be strung up for how she “ruined” the show.
But you know what all of these fandoms also have? Dedicated, talented people who produce wonderful art and fiction. People who engage in intelligent conversation about their source material, and people who are respectful and kind and all around decent folk.
I know its incredibly easy to generalize, but I wish sometimes people would think twice before stating that they irrevocably “hate” a fandom.