Sen. Grothman recently introduced a bill intended to set in motion a trend which demonizes single mothers. The bill reads:
ection 1. 48.982 (2) (g) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
48.982 (2) (g) 2. Promote statewide educational and public awareness campaigns and materials for the purpose of developing public awareness of the problems of child abuse and neglect. ---In promoting those campaigns and materials, the board shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.---
Section 2. 48.982 (2) (g) 4. of the statutes is amended to read:
48.982 (2) (g) 4. Disseminate information about the problems of and methods of preventing child abuse and neglect to the public and to organizations concerned with those problems. --In disseminating that information, the board shall emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.--
While there certainly is an honorable and respectable body of same-sex and single-male parent households, the simple fact is that there are more single mothers raising children in America, and they oftentimes have been abandoned by deadbeat dads. As such, the government enforcing the idea that single women are to blame for child abuse, rather than patriarchal structures, is not just a lie, it is anti-woman. There are millions of men and women who are proud of how they were raised by a single mother, despite all odds, and this is simply spitting in the face of those mothers.
I hereby would formally petition that this bill be tabled and that Sen. Grothman be reprimanded for such blatant sexism.