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.
Anti-choice activists and other social conservatives routinely argue that men are dogs whom women need to bring under control, usually by withholding sex in hopes of extracting a wedding ring. But this strategy is completely unnecessary, and there’s no evidence it works.
Team Angelica and Stonewall put this short film together as preparatory research for their upcoming movie Free, using a series of interviews with children of straight, gay, bi, and otherwise undefinable parents. They found evidence of what most of us already know: parents’ sexual orientation does not have bearing on children’s view of their parents, their happiness, or their family. [via PolicyMic]
The legislative push to punish women for marijuana use during pregnancy is based not on science suggesting harm from which to protect children, but the notion of fetal rights.
Mother’s Day is a great time to remind ourselves that language matters, and that the experience of not wanting children in a world where women are defined by their reproductive desire and potential is very different than being a woman who would like to be a parent some day.
Mother’s Day gifts from a child or spouse are sweet, but on a broader level, a genuine celebration of mom’s labor would be if our society ensured her economic security.
Graham cracker brand Honey Maid released a commercial this March emphasizing all kinds of families, including a gay couple and an interracial couple. The reactions to this commercial were disappointing at best, but Honey Maid’s response to those bigoted reactions is inspiring—and, truly, wholesome. [via Bilerico]
A hearing on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program revealed impressive results for the low-income families it serves, and the money it saves taxpayers. But its funding runs out in six months.
Sponsored by Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, the bill updates the federal child-care and after-school grant program with requirements for professional development, education guidelines, and criminal background checks.
A new study suggests that other characteristics of the women and families who breastfeed may be responsible for improving their infants’ health—not just the act of nursing or breast milk itself.