Category: Equality

How much should you spend on an engagement ring?

As Australians vote on marriage equality, and the phrase ‘diamonds are forever’ marks its 60th anniversary, I thought it appropriate  to ask how much you should spend on an engagement ring.

One usual answer is “three months’ salary”. Sometimes you may hear “as much as you can afford”. There are even (extremely depressing) calculators to “help” hopeful fiances to calculate an appropriate figure.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, however, you’ll realise “how much should you spend on an engagement ring?” is of course a trick question.

But it is one that is interesting for us all -of any gender, sex, sexual identity, or marital status – to consider.

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What does it mean to be middle class?

Many people know what it is like to be relatively poor. And, thanks to the media, we all know what it looks like to be rich. But what does it mean to be middle class?

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What does net neutrality mean?

Net neutrality is the basic concept that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally. That service providers should not discriminate on the basis of user, website, platform, application, equipment or mode. On this day of action, I want to take a look at the role of money and language in this important fight.

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Can we end poverty?

Yes, and no. Now we know what it means to be poor, we can talk about what it would take to end poverty.

You may remember that ‘absolute’ poverty is defined ‘in terms of the minimal requirements necessary to afford minimal standards of food, clothing, health care and shelter’. Meanwhile, ‘relative’ poverty is defined ‘relative to others in a country; for example, below 60% of the median income of people in that country.’

One of these can be eradicated, but the other is a different story…

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What does it mean to be poor?

One of the first posts on Enrichmentality asked ‘What does it mean to be rich?‘. Today I’d like to think about what it means to be poor, to live in ‘poverty’.

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What is the power of money metaphors?

From ‘time is money‘ to ‘tightening our belts‘, we’ve examined quite a few money related expressions and metaphors on Enrichmentality.  But does such language have any real power over how we think – and act?

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Are the wealthy rich because they’re smart?

Are rich people rich because they’re smart?

Or to put it another way, are you not rich because you’re not smart enough?

According to a study conducted by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 69% of people believe ‘there is enough opportunity for virtually everyone to get on in their life if they really want to’. In other words, if you’re poor, it’s your fault.

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Does it pay to play the ‘woman card’?

In the 2016 US election (which was itself somewhat like a game of ‘Cards Against Humanity‘), candidate Hilary Clinton was accused of playing the ‘woman card’ by rival Donald Trump. In reaction, her campaign actually produced such a card. It boasted the dubious ‘benefits’ of lower wages, More expensive health care. No family leave, and ‘limited access to your own reproductive rights’. (Arguably no family leave is a circumstance that affects men as much as women. Framing it as a women’s issue only worsens the burden).

These cards were sold at $5 to fund Clinton’s campaign. Ironically, this resulted in Clinton literally playing the ‘woman card’ in her fundraising. But (aside from campaign funding) does it actually pay to play the ‘woman card’ in a financial sense?

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Are you paying the pink tax?

In my previous post, we looked at physical differences and social expectations that result in men and women paying different amounts for everyday living. But in addition to expectations for women to spend more time and money on cosmetics and personal care, there may be another, more insidious reason for the difference in spending… the so-called ‘pink tax’.

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