The abduction of hundreds of Nigerian teenage girls last month is not the first of its kind. It happens a lot and governments do little to stop it. Perhaps it’s time to use the power of mothers to truly protect our children.
The case of Whole Foods firing Chicago single mother Rhiannon Broschat for staying home with her special needs child should be raising larger issues about working parents and childcare in the United States.
As a third generation ardent feminist, women’s issues have always been of the greatest importance to me. Even while attending high school in southern Missouri (not the most welcome environment for a feminist), I was very aware of issues like unequal pay, sexual harassment, dearth of female leaders, and the silencing of girls in the academic environment. No one talked …
Doctors of all stripes (unfortunately, this most definitely includes psychologists) have blamed moms for everything, from causing schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, to chastising them for being ambitious (stage moms), being overprotective (helicopter moms), and emasculating male children (mama’s boys). Some moms even get blamed for the father’s addictions or abuse because they didn’t fight hard enough to stop it.
Given this emphasis on accomplishments, overscheduling seems to many parents like the right thing to do. However, the side effects to this are disturbing. Physicians are seeing a rise in overuse injuries in younger kids and mental health professionals are reporting an increase in anxiety at earlier ages.
For all its faults (and there are many), Glee is a show that isn’t afraid to take chances. It does not shy away from controversial topics, nor does it depict an unrealistic view of who comprises our population. Instead, it showcases diversity of all kinds in a natural way, versus presenting it through Very Special Episodes.
Why do we not talk about the way we’re hurting boys by the way we parent our sons? Why is it that the mothers (and yes, the media usually focus only on mothers) of girls are the only ones shouldering such a burden?