Tag Archives: custody

Reverse Inequality

10 Oct

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.

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a wake-up call

23 Aug

In light of the national conversation about rape – and while it’s an ugly topic, it is a very real topic for all women and deserves the national dialogue – this is the first I’ve heard of another side to the story.

What laws are in place to protect the woman pregnant as a result of a rape after the child is born?  As Shauna Prewitt so heartbreakingly writes, in 31 states, not many.

A must read.  And a wake-up call to those 31 state legislatures.  And time for women to start insisting – loudly – that these legislators need to do just that.