If you’re not yet convinced that our current cultural climate includes a very vocal faction of diehards out to severely limit the rights of women and punish us simply for our biology, you have not been paying attention.
The latest in this litany of misguided nonsense is a law proposed by Republican Senator Glenn Grothman in the state of Wisconsin. Senate Bill 507 would require that the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board formally consider single parenthood a form of child neglect. Of course, most single parents are women.
Section 1. 48.982 (2) (g) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
48.982 (2) (g) 2. Promote statewide educational and public awareness campaigns and materials for the purpose of developing public awareness of the problems of child abuse and neglect. In promoting those campaigns and materials, the board shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.
Section 2. 48.982 (2) (g) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
48.982 (2) (g) 4. Disseminate information about the problems of and methods of preventing child abuse and neglect to the public and to organizations concerned with those problems. In disseminating that information, the board shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.
The less-disturbing interpretation of this law is that anti-neglect campaigns would target potentially absent parents and convince them to stick around by promoting the warm-fuzziness of family. But even that seemingly positive concept assumes that the best family always has two married parents, which of course is not always the case. It’s also unfair that an unmarried mother must bear the social — and if this bill is passed, legal — stigma of being unmarried with a child when that may not have been her choice. A focus on fatherhood makes sense, the demonization of single mothers does not.
*hat tip to Jezebel.com
What do you think?