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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child—Especially for the Working Poor

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child—Especially for the Working Poor | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Many discussions of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mother who was jailed for "abandoning" her 9-year-old daughter at a park, fail to mention how limited child-care options are for low-income parents, especially those who are single.
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Desegregating Our Bookshelves Is A Good Start. Now What? - Role Reboot

Desegregating Our Bookshelves Is A Good Start. Now What? - Role Reboot | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
If boys won’t read books with girl protagonists, the solution is not to create more explicitly “boy” books, the solution is to delve deeply into “why,” says Soraya Chemaly. Last week, The Independent announced it would no longer review books that were specifically marketed to either boys or girls. As they put it, “Gender-specific books demean all …

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Fox News’ Hasselbeck calls air conditioning ‘the ugly side’ of welfare

Fox News’ Hasselbeck calls air conditioning ‘the ugly side’ of welfare | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
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“ “ “Do these folks really need to be on welfare,” she asked, followed by video of Stossel interview apparent welfare recipients on the street.
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April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention. This April, join the conversation. St...
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What We Can Learn From Teen Dating Violence

What We Can Learn From Teen Dating Violence | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

"the data in this survey reveals that the prevalence of domestic violence, especially when combined with gender-skewed safety education, means that such violence prevails because we are too busy providing reasons such as “it’s a tough economy” that “explain” violence rather than flat out condemn it." By my friend Alessia.

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Why We Vilify Single Moms

Why We Vilify Single Moms | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

by DEANNA, Kitch-slapped

 

When I was in college I was a single parent. Finding myself struggling personally with the demands of continuing education and single parenting (a special needs child too yet) was challenging enough; but this was at the time that Tommy Thompson was governor & he made bashing single moms & welfare a public sport. (Yeah, some of us fought back; like the Welfare Warriors.)

 

It was incomprehensible how those of us left with children were not only held accountable while biological dads walked away Scott-free, but were to blame for all of society’s ills. Even those who raised children alone by design & without public assistance were vilified, a la Murphy Brown. It wasn’t just moral outrage (though that did & does exist); it wasn’t an ignorance — these were educated people saddling us with unrealistic responsibilities and ludicrous outcomes. We were being scapegoated with such an intensity that it must be hiding a deep fear of some sort… Was it simply another way to display the classic fear & hatred of “female,” or was there more?

 

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Deanna Dahlsad's comment, March 27, 2012 10:22 PM
This is "me" -- Kitsch Slapped is my blog and I wrote this. :) So cool you found it & didn't just rescoop me ;)
Jean Haverhill's comment, March 30, 2012 8:55 AM
On my school bus in Masschusetts (1945) there were several children whose mother had been put in prison.... why? Because she had her first child out of wedlock.... They called it "girl's industrial school" and girls often went there for sexual behaviors whereas boys went to a different "reform school" (one boy in my class went there for stealing from the railroad tracks) Stop the War Against Women;
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Marching Mothers - Battered Mothers Custody Conference, Mothers Day 2014

Marching Mothers - Battered Mothers Custody Conference, Mothers Day 2014 | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
Mother’s Day is traditionally filled with flowers, cards, and sometimes breakfast in bed. Most fathers are honored to honor the mother of their mutual children by helping pick the daffodils and burn the toast, carefully covering the black part with a thick layer of marmalade. But mothers are also included in a stark statistic: one…

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Another way gender inequality plays in the horror. As @Claudine Dombrowski wrote, "Men who thought they owned women and children began using their superior economic power to hire attorneys and go to family (divorce) courts to get custody. The mothers, having no money for attorneys, were unable to compete on an uneven playing field.  Huge amounts of money began to change hands as a cottage industry of unregulated court-appointed professionals sprang up to provide opinions. Usually the opinions leaned toward the parent with the money."

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Men who thought they owned women and children began using their superior economic power to hire attorneys and go to family (divorce) courts to get custody. The mothers, having no money for attorneys, were unable to compete on an uneven playing field.  Huge amounts of money began to change hands as a cottage industry of unregulated court-appointed professionals sprang up to provide opinions. Usually the opinions leaned toward the parent with the money.

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A Dangerous Ruling in the Bode Miller-Sara McKenna Child Custody Battle Takes Fathers' Rights Way Too Far\

A Dangerous Ruling in the Bode Miller-Sara McKenna Child Custody Battle Takes Fathers' Rights Way Too Far\ | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

I understand that fathers have rights, and I’m all for that. But this ruling took those rights way too far, to the point of dangerousness. It treated a fetus as a child, for purposes of a custody battle. And in doing so, it threatened to limit the rights of a pregnant woman to move and travel.


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US poverty rate for women and children hits 17-year record high

US poverty rate for women and children hits 17-year record high | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
US Census Bureau says poverty rate for women and children has hit 17-year high.


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J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, September 29, 2013 12:16 PM

This was written in May 2012, but things are not looking up for women and children in today's economy. The tragedy today is that people who could do something about this are too busy debating theory to deal with this unthinkable reality. jkl

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Having A Baby In The United States Is A Terrible Idea

Having A Baby In The United States Is A Terrible Idea | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it
It just seems like a tough fact of life until you look at what practically every other country does for pregnant women and new mothers.
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UN considers recognizing sexual rights for ten-year-old children

UN considers recognizing sexual rights for ten-year-old children | Dare To Be A Feminist | Scoop.it

The UN Commission on Population and Development is considering “sexual and reproductive health and rights” for children as young as ten. Even the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon agrees. In a statement recently released he said, “Young people, as much as all people, share the human right to health, including sexual and reproductive health.”

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