Last week, I was on NPR’s “Tell Me More” speaking on the choice of becoming a single parent (which you can listen to above). The discussion took a very unexpected turn, so you can read my response on Mamiverse.
However, I want you to know that this isn’t where the story ends. In fact, this discussion is just getting started, and I hope you’ll take part in it. There is a bill in Wisconsin which, if passed, will classify single parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse. To add insult to injury, Glenn Grothman believes that women aim to become single parents but say it was an accident because we’re “trained” to do so. See for yourself.
“I think people are trained to say that ‘this is a surprise to me,’ because there’s still enough of a stigma that they’re supposed to say this.”
I’m furious. I’m furious and I’m not about to let this go, so if you have stories about your experiences as a single parent or experiences being raised in a single parent home, I’d love to hear them, and possibly even feature them here.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the NPR segment and Wisconsin’s targeting of single parents. Is it fair to target single parents for child abuse? Why or why not?