The GOP: Shaming And Blaming Single Mothers Of Wisconsin

Katha Pollitt of The Nation has the sorry, sordid story of a bill, Wisconsin Senate Bill 507 by a Wisconsin GOP state senator, Glenn Grothman, and a state representative, Don Pridemore, which

… directs the state to prepare educational materials that blame “nonmarital parenthood” for child abuse and neglect and “emphasize the role of fathers in the primary prevention” of same.

That’s right: according to the Wisconsin GOP, single mothers are to blame for child abuse and neglect, while single fathers are blameless.

Like fucking Hell they are!

The only thing wrong with this bill is that it gets the causality backwards: child abuse and spousal abuse, overwhelmingly by men, are the cause, not the consequence, of single motherhood. Don’t believe me? can’t tell from your own observations over the years? Look up the statistics; I’ll be damned if I’ll do your homework for you.

The only way to slow the momentum of the GOP War on Women is for women themselves to come out on Election Day in overwhelming numbers and kick the bastards out of office. Once that is done, there is some possibility of dealing sanely with the matter of child abuse and spousal abuse. Until that is done, bills like this will come up again and again, every year… and one year, they may be passed into law. Let’s put a stop to it right now, while we can.

ASIDE: Pollitt presents one woman’s letter to State Rep. Pridemore. It’s worth reading.

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