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Sep. 16th, 2005

Some stupid bitch on Woman's Hour is telling me that the reason I don't have children yet is "fashion" and "no encouragement to stay in the home from our greedy governments who just want us to pay lots of tax". So nothing to do with the fact that our increasingly Thatcherite economy has made it impossible for my partner and I to aquire a secure home, or indeed jobs that would allow us to comfortably bring up children? Presumably Patsington should just go down the mines and I should stay here on my own and have a baby a year. I'm really, really fucking fed up with so-called experts telling me that I don't have children because of my enormous selfishness, as opposed to actually wanting to wait until P and I are in a situation where we could bring up a child in a secure situation. I'm tired of being told that it's "selfish" for any woman to want to earn her own money, and I'm tired of the other argument, of being told that women are "forced" to work by our cruel world, as if the stay-at-home world was some sort of idyll (perhaps those who extoll this should look at the rates of Valium prescription to all those happy housewives of the past). I know lots of people do want to stay at home with their kids full time, and I support them, but I hate this compassionate conservative argument that those who don't are being compelled to do so against their will, when they're not selfish bitches who put their children's welfare last.

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ladyxoc
Sep. 16th, 2005 09:40 am (UTC)
Ranty pants and ranty socks, too
Fuck, yes. HELLO, in the class I come from, your ass HAD to work. Those mothers were the house cleaners, the cafeteria ladies, the grocery store cashiers, and the unlucky ones had to work in scary hog or chicken packing plants. And as you pointed out, they were mothers the entire fucking time. What is fucking selfish is for some pumped up media asshead to pretend those women don't exist. But what the hell, they have always pretended they don't exist, or they'd have to feel, I don't know, SHAME or something. Over here in Camazotz, I see fuck knows how many columns or tv teasers about working mothers. She always has a briefcase. A fucking briefcase. For fuck's sake. Because, really, who gives a rat's ass about the cleaning lady?

Oh, and do you know who is to blame for the astronomical price of housing? Why, the feminists! Why? Dunno. But it's their fault, allright! Just like bird flu and the fact that it's rained for the last three days. Damn feminists.
jane_the_23rd
Sep. 16th, 2005 09:48 am (UTC)
Re: Ranty pants and ranty socks, too
Don't forget, we are also responsible for:

* Global warming (with our HOTTTTT lesbo orgies)
* 9/11 (general amoral selfishness)
* Hurricane Katrina (see #1)
* Rape (both a response to our 'asking for it' and a reaction to the emasculation we have caused in men)
* Illicit fruit consumption (see: Genesis)
* Children with behavioural problems (too much/too little mothering)
* Toilet seats
* Pat Robertson
* Rick Santorum
* The War in Iraq
* The mess on the floor of my study
* The mess in the rest of my study
* How did all these sweet wrappers get here?
* Holy shit, I thought I rinsed that cup

(I'm just going to stop there.)

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