RANT + POLITICS : TRIGGER WARNING:
I cannot believe how many women are anti paid family leave. I don’t care how fiscally conservative you are, would you rather fund unemployment, disability and supplemental Medicaid? Would you prefer to have people stressed and behind on their payments because they’re missing 12-15% of their annual income? Of all things to protest the government being involved in, you’re going with this?! And no, Rainbow Bright, it will not results in less women to being hired because paid FAMILY leave actually levels the playing field in terms of how we treat parents as it applies to *both* men and women and both natural and adoptive births. Traditional self-funded leave does not and considering women actually give birth, it’s generally considered their problem. There’s more room for discrimination and wage gaps without this bill as is today, specifically targeting against women who “breed”. Women’s rights activists often argue any sexuality a woman chooses to own is relevant and should be supported, “my body, my choice” and many of these same women are judgmental and insulting toward women who do the one thing only a woman can and become mothers. The same women applauding abortion stories as empowering and losing their ever living minds because Hobby Lobby didn’t offer a full menu of free birth control options to their employees are are rolling their eyes so hard they tear a retina over the self-imposed financial implications of a pregnancy that results in an actual child you bring home and keep. They’ll stand in solidarity against bullying and H8 as they should but can’t support the mental health, recovery care and bonding between new parents and their children? And if one more person says “if you decided to have a family, you should just plan ahead, you don’t deserve a paycheck for free”, …first of all…planning doesn’t guarantee desired outcomes EVER and in fact planning fails often enough there’s a Plan B available for free in the united states thanks to those who fought the good fight in the war on women…they also earned the right to define “women’s issues” politically as those having to do with ending and preventing pregnancy as if women get pregnant on accident by their own damn selves and as if foreign policy, fiscal policy, social issues and legislature is other than a “woman’s” issue. Thanks ladies.
It’s well documented we the people need a free Plan B. Not to mention, if you’re proposing that women have 9 months to prepare their personal finances to accommodate a 6 week medical leave and that’s plenty of time to get their shit together than SURELY a business could use that 9 months to plan ahead as well. The idea that a business is going to go bankrupt because one employee takes a known, scheduled leave for a couple of weeks is completely irrational, there are businesses in this country that don’t even turn a profit and keep their doors open. Honestly, it turns out that it’s actually A LOT cheaper to pay 45% of someone’s gross income in addition to a full salary for a temp replacement during a 6 week vacancy than it would be to absorb employee attrition and have to source, hire and onboard a replacement. Exponentially so. In fact, it probably will cost an average company less than 10% more than the regular salary during a 6 week period to pay the leave and the temp wage concurrently and new mothers are more likely to re-enter the workforce after a paid leave than an unpaid leave. That means paid family leave is a good INVESTMENT, if you’re paying attention and if a business cannot absorb that minuscule of a POSSIBLE fluctuation in operating expenses for the short duration of 1/3 a quarter then they have absolutely no business running a business in the first place. If you feel like I’m talking to you, I’d recommend hiring a new mother to help you find your P&L risks, excess spending and losses, ballin’ on a budget, it’s a naturally acquired skill just like communicating imminent death with only a pointer finger and a mom stare.
Most reasonable people are in favor of women who’ve just given birth taking care of themselves and their new child and MOST people can understand that a father should have the right to bond with his child and take care of his recovering wife in the days after such an event…. BUT, if you’re not one of those people then you better bring your A game in the comments. This political season has been a snooze-fest for those of us who don’t debate public policy via penis size or a candidate’s competency based on their smile to tone ratio so I haven’t really had the time or inclination to talk to people about their ideas until they realize they’re wrong. Until now.
In the meantime, I’m curious as to how long it usually takes for for planned parenthood to comment on legislature affecting uterus owners and occupiers because tick tock ladies! The longer you say nothing the more you’re looking like Kris Jenner not supporting Rob’s engagement based on moral grounds…which is to say, you look like an asshole.
PS – If you have decided to not contribute to the over population of the earth and/or if you love your unborn children so much you can’t bare the thought of inflicting the angst of the human condition upon them in this cruel and unjust world, I know how busy you are commenting on every single post on Facebook about this topic so I’m just going to comment for you below to show my support for yours and Darwin’s mission to eliminate your Veruca Salt genes from the population. Thank you for being selfless and self-centered. You’re welk.
“This is another example of the ENTITLEMENT generation, I’m so glad I’ve chosen to love my future child enough to not have one, I can’t imagine bringing a child into a world that’s over populated by children and their trophies. Seriously, you think you deserve to get paid for NOT working just because you’ve procreated? Like you didn’t even participate but we’ll give you a participation pay check? What about single, childless people, are they given the same treatment or just because I chose to not have a kid means I don’t deserve a special 6 week paid vacation? That’s not fair, this is a violation of my rights and I feel discriminated against for not identifying as a parent to a human child. My family still matters, I deserve paid family leave too.”
Note: Claiming you deserve paid family leave just because someone else gets it is the very definition of entitlement which you’re obviously opposed to. Out of respect for your right to experience disappointment in life, we’re sure you’ll agree paid family leave should exist for everyone but you. You’re right and you’re welk.
There’s a special place in hell for women who support other women only when it benefits them.