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The Maximum Family Grant rule punishes poor women, many of whom are women of color. Initially welfare recipients were mostly white widows or “deserving” divorced women. When the program was conceived, Black women were ineligible to receive aid because they, in the words of Dorothy Roberts, “were considered inappropriate clients of a system geared to unemployable women.” At that time there was little criticism of the program. When Black women became eligible, due in large part to the Civil Rights movement, the program drew public ire. White women were given the benefit of the doubt while other women, Black women especially, were judged much more harshly for their sexual and reproductive choices.
Enough Is Enough: Poor Women Are Not Having Babies for Money
I can’t really be suggesting that heterosexuality is somehow taught, can I? That it is somehow part of the curriculum?
I would argue that it is very much part of what schools aim to teach. Why else would educational institutions so enthusiastically promote social norms which exclude queers? My own teaching colleagues have criticised my decision to tell my students my partner’s name, Emily, as it’s too much information about my sexuality; straight colleagues wear wedding rings or take the title ‘Mrs.’ Facebook memes celebrate ‘mums and dads’ kissing in front of the kids to show them what loving relationships are like; television programmes depicting same-sex kisses are firmly placed in later timeslots to ‘protect children’. Kissing my partner in the supermarket attracts disgusted glances from people who steer their children quickly away; a family wedding with children present can include more than one gently ribald reference to the wedding night or the honeymoon. In short, heterosexuality is relentlessly advertised by those who practice it; queer sexualities are always taboo in ‘family friendly’ spaces.
Queer mothering in a straight world: AMIRCI Conference Paper | Spilt Milk
By actively participating in a culture of male sex toy usage, however, men might learn how to experience their sexual desire without relying exclusively on interpersonal interaction or the simulation of interpersonal interaction. Men still tend to see sex with a partner as their primary sexual outlet and masturbation as a poor substitute for the “real deal,” a mindset that places undue pressure on both themselves and their partners. Men stuck in this mindset could stand to learn a lot from women about sex, pleasure, and toy use.
Going down the uncanny valley of robot fellatio
The Grimms’ tales are serious stories about children alone in horrible situations. You’ve probably heard the one about a brother and sister whose parents abandon them in the woods. A witch locks Hansel inside a shed, and plans to fatten him up and then eat him. But his sister, Gretel, shoves the witch in the oven instead. Tatar’s version glitters with everyday details of wicked predation and quiet survival.
Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life : NPR
Essentially, they want to be allowed to continue to accept money from the federal government to fund their good works without being “disqualified or disadvantaged in obtaining contracts because of their religious beliefs.” The remarkable thing about these words is that faith leaders could still utter them in 2014, despite the blot on churches’ moral standing left by religious leaders’ resistance to desegregation in the 1960s.
Hobby Lobby’s harvest: A religious exemption for LGBT discrimination? - LA Times
This comfort with group assessment of femininity in turn reminds me of the ease with which women’s choices regarding their bodies, futures, health, sex, and family life are up for public evaluation. Women are labeled as good or bad, as moral or immoral, by major religions and “closely held corporations,” whose rights to allow those estimations to dictate their corporate obligations are upheld over the rights of the women themselves by high courts. It has lately been made perfectly clear, for example, that while in many places women should not be allowed—and increasingly are not allowed—to run their own independent calculations about whether or not to get abortions, other people, unspecified people standing outside clinics, should be allowed—are now allowed—to get in those women’s faces and publicly render their judgments and voice their opinions about those women and their circumstances.
The Problem with Esquire’s Praise of 42-Year-Old Women & Amy Poehler | New Republic
If the law did change, we would still face one of the biggest barriers to pay transparency: workplace culture. Even the most confident among us can melt into awkward, self-conscious messes when we have to negotiate our salaries, and asking a coworker about pay seems akin to asking about their sex life. Private companies are showing that opening up the books completely can work, while the public sector has done that for decades, yet many still fear that talking about pay would destroy our workplace collegiality.
When the Boss Says, ‘Don’t Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid’ - Jonathan Timm - The Atlantic
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