Many of us, Americans, take our rights for granite. We are born with the right to freedom of speech and we just assume we have the right to speak out against anything unjust and typically there aren’t any consequences for our words. I could not imagine living in a country where if you speak your mind you are faced with death. After reading the article about the 14-year-old girl, Malala Yousufzai, who spoke out against the Taliban I was shocked. She wrote about how the Taliban restricts women especially when it came to education.
The young girl acted years above her age and understood she could face death when she wrote about her beliefs. Yousufzai was hunted down and the Taliban opened fire at her school. She was left seriously injured but awarded with the Pakistan’s first peace prize for her bravery.
In the past, marriage would strip women from ownership. When a man would marry a woman he would take everything, from her clothing to her name to her children. Women fought for decades to gain ownership over their possessions. Ironically, the roles have been reversed and I believe there is inequality on the other side. Men now are revoked their paternal rights when it comes to custody of their children.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau about one in six custodial parents were fathers. So 17.8 percent of men would acquire custody of their children and the mothers would gain the majority of visitation rights. But why? In chapter 8 of the Politics of Family and Fertility it states “women have a natural capacity for care of children and others, and that these natural gifts make it right, not simply convenient, for the woman of the family to provide or oversee its care (378).”
What about the fathers of these children? Yes they the fathers will provide financial care, but you can’t only invest money into a child’s life and have a personal relationship with your children. Although it is rare for men to face inequality compared to women, but child custody is an issue that needs to be addressed.
WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Have you read your Constitution lately?
Today: August 18, 1920. After all of the struggle and the pain.