How To Outlaw Single Parenthood

Oh, Wisconsin…

Can you please tell me why your state legislature is ready to consider single parenthood a form of child abuse? Please?

If passed, SB507 would theoretically land 1/3 of the state’s population in jail. In my eyes, that is not at all a smooth move. But don’t tell Senator Glenn Grothman, the wonderfully moronic legislator that proposed this nonsense. He just wants this bill to become law so the big, bad government doesn’t use single parenthood as a means to throw the nation into a totalitarian state of dependency, as mapped out by his paranoid diatribe (which you can read here).

Although single parenthood is indeed stressful for both parent and child(ren), that in itself does not lead to child abuse. Single parenthood in conjunction with a dangerous living environment (substance, unsafe living conditions, mental instability, etc.) is really the issue behind the abuse.

Trust me, I know.

Since single parenthood is a risk for economic instability, and since it seems to be a major issue in Wisconsin, perhaps the state legislature should do their part to ease the financial strain of single parenthood via tax breaks (for example) instead of further punishing this population-which, in case you haven’t noticed, is overwhelmingly made up of women.

Watch Sen. Grothman in action below.

 

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Siri is Pro-Life

Yes, you read that correctly.

According to an article on Gizmodo, when you ask the iPhone 4S’ virtual assistant the location of the nearest abortion clinic, she will either play dumb or deter the request by pointing one out quite far from your current location. Apparently, she also has a personal vendetta against next-day contraception.

Nice going, Apple. Click here to watch Stephen Colbert's hilarious commentary. Photo from Gawker.com

Click here to read the Gizmodo article.

Maternity Leave on Leave

Photo from 4to40.com

So much for taking a break after the baby is born.

According to an article in the Washington Post, paid maternity leave is the latest luxury to be cut from many companies’ budgets since the economic downturn. Women with only their high school diploma are four times more likely to be denied.

“This isn’t good news for women at the bottom, and the irony is that the people with the most children are now the least likely to have the supports they need,” said Kathleen Gerson, a professor of sociology at New York University and author of “The Unfinished Revolution: Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work, and Family.”

Naturally, this is upsetting to me. Why must we consistently bear the brunt of budget woes? Of all times, when a woman has to care for a child, this is when the check is taken away.

I would continue ranting, but I’ll just ask you to click here to read the full article instead.

Lauryn Hill: The Human Vending Machine and How It Relates to Stay-At-Home Moms

First and foremost, Jay Smooth’s commentary always leaves me enlightened; he is a very bright man indeed.

Moving right along: his commentary on Lauryn Hill points to a larger problem women face. Our culture in general has shifted to a mentality that is best summed up from the following lyrics from Beyoncé’s “Run The World (Girls):”

Smart enough to bear the children-then get back to business.

I am all for “working mothers,” but we should not assume that stay-at-home moms are listless drags on society. In fact, I would contend that, with all of the career advancements women have available to them in this age, raising a child is still one of the hardest-if not the hardest-job any individual could undertake.

Raising a child takes a certain level of patience, effort, nurturing and, above all else, time that some of us simply do not have. Stay-at-home moms may not bring home any income, but they are indeed working their asses off and dedicating the most valuable resource of all-time-to raising their children. For this, they should be rewarded, not ridiculed.

Like Lauryn, no woman should be viewed as a “human vending machine,” or any work machine for that matter. Raising children is a legitimate career and should be treated as such.

For more, read this Forbes article that explains why a stay-at-home mom should earn a six-figure salary.

Free Birth Control!

I thought this was a hoax when I first heard the news, but it is true: birth control is now fully covered by insurance.

As of August 1 (yesterday!): No. More. Copays.

Gratis! (Credit: Planned Parenthood Inc., click for source file)

As someone who has spent as much as $50 per month for contraceptive pills (and that’s with insurance coverage), this is a major victory for me and women everywhere. Aside from relieving our wallets, it has been proven that easy access to contraception has a direct effect on reducing a nation’s abortion rates.

Contraception isn’t the only thing covered under the Affordable Care Act. Also going copay-free are services such as gestational diabetes screening, HPV testing and domestic violence counseling, among other services.

Granted, religious institutions may opt-out of this plan, but it is still a giant leap in the right direction.

Click here for the original article on Good.is.

Click here for a full explanation of women’s health benefits through the Affordable Care Act.

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