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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Women are worth less, from birth, apparently

This morning the Italian public television (RAI) had a news segment about infant trafficking in France, connected to illegal immigration in that country. Besides the obvious horror generated by the fact that our so-called civilized world still engages in the sale of human beings, I thought interesting the note that infant girls sold for 5,000 Euros, while infant boys went for 6,000. Apparently, Y-chromosome based discrimination starts from the very beginning...

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