Tuesday, November 19, 2013

GINS Post #4/Consumerism Mash-up

Connecting my GINS novel to consumerism and economics is a weird thing. Why? Because the book is dealing with women who have been stripped of their rights. Which means they have essentially been pushed out of their society's economy. It's a whole new perspective on economics, and one that I struggle to identify with. One thing, however, that the book does make clear is the poor quality of life these girls are facing. This brings me to the concept of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. 
 Basically, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs outlines what humans need in order to achieve self-fulfillment. Without the bottom levels, the attributes above can not be achieved. By looking at the pyramid, you'll see that basic needs form the foundation. Food, water, warmth, rest, security, and safety. For girls in Afghanistan, food and water are compromised. Rest is unpredictable. Security and safety are nearly nonexistent. They are forced into marriage, raped, exploited, even murdered. As if this weren't enough, physicians and hospital beds are scarce, especially since treatment for women is even harder to come by.

Without these basic needs, afghan women don't really have the chance to move beyond that. As laid out by Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, creating, accomplishing, and belonging can only come when one is adequately surviving. And when one isn't even adequately surviving, what does that say about the economy and its effect on quality of life? Well, maybe it's just me, but I don't think the economy is helping their case too much.

So, what's the solution? First I want you to take a look at this video: http://manmadedisease.tumblr.com/post/67666818057
We have a situation. Women rights and exploitation. What's the cause? Poverty. What's the solution? Education. Education... economic systems...

Social programs! If women are to achieve a better life, the government of Afghanistan needs to adopt a way of educating females so that they have the power to stand up for themselves and avoid exploitation. What Afghanistan needs is a reconsideration of its taxation model. Primarily, the part about where the taxes are going. You can't solve the issue of women treatment unless you are willing to invest, both economically and socially. For the government, the first step is directing funds towards education, through social programs! To improve the quality of life for all citizens. For women. For a better future.

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