People who think that no one uses welfare/food stamps to actually buy things they need can tell that to my hungry 11 year old self who wouldn’t have had decent lunches or meat (at all) without government assistance.
Oh, and who might have gone hungry if there had been drug testing involved. Thanks. I’m glad that you know more about my life than I do! If only I had realized sooner that my mom wasn’t really buying food with that money! I mean, I don’t know what she was doing with it, since our lives were fucking awful at that point and we had a grand total of zero luxuries (I shared a room with my mom! In the basement of my grandma’s condo! I did laundry for the whole house to earn enough dimes to buy myself sodas and candy!), but really, please, enlighten me.
Also, as a child of a drug addict, this law fucking terrifies me. The idea that some kid who is trying to cope with having an addict for a parent (not always easy) also might go hungry or without new clothes or whatnot because some privileged assholes think poor people have to be suffering saints to qualify for help literally makes me cry to think about.” —
YAAAS TO ALL OF THIS
All these bullshit “welfare reform” laws that are designed to fix some imaginary problem in the system that doesn’t exist all comes out of the perpetuation of the “welfare queen” stereotype that we love to vilify all the time.
When we think welfare we think poor black woman who’s having babies for extra government benefits who’s really just taking the government handouts to buy drugs, candy or brand new shoes or some shit…
Making laws based off stereotypes is NOT how we combat poverty. Its how we make the issue even worse
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My sister had asked me about drug testing laws a few weeks back and this is the quote I wanted to pull up because it sums up how I feel.
UGH I needed this quote when I was talking to that ignorant cow about the drug testing policy the other day.
Actually, I was speaking from the USian perspective, versus hers, which is from wales. I know cursing is a bit more commonplace in a lot of UK culture (ie they don’t bleep it on TV)
And I seriously have no issue with it being used in a positive way, that’s how reclamation starts and we take the insulting power from it. But using it as a gendered insult is no bueno.
ETA: wow I’m probably the most unobservant person ever and just realized you’re the person who I was originally responding to. herp derp.
You get anon hate mail assuming that you’re some bitter bitch who’s “been fucked over” by guys.
(first of all, that is apparently a repeat title, which I think says a lot about me and my dilemmas.)
ANYSHWAY. I’m prepping for having to send out birth announcements and I now have a dilemma.
Shutterfly has an option where they will stamp, address, and mail the card for you - for $.99 a card.
I am going to be sending out about 50 birth announcements.
So my options are:
A. Buy envelopes and stamps for about half the price and hand address them
B. Input all the addresses and pay an extra ~$25 to have Shutterfly mail them for me.
Either of these things I can do now so it’s not like I’ll be hand addressing envelopes with a newborn.
What to do, what to doooo…
Also, if anyone wants an announcement, send me your address. I’m fairly certain we’re going to have a cutsey one for family/old people and a fun one for friends, but that depends on how lazy I am.
Which is very lazy.
Because you can’t be a feminist if you aren’t a manhating lesbian who protests the peen on moral grounds.
Heaven forbid “socially acceptable” people don’t submit to the patriarchy.
On a similar note, I have a feeling Jesse’s ultraconservative dad is secretly shitting his pants over Jesse’s increasingly vocal liberal/pro-feminist views. Right now he’s pretty focused on our baby, but he’s hinted at us “sending her up to grandpa’s for some ‘leavening’”
OK so people don’t hate me but I just got a fb message from my friend with the inception pregnancy saying she signed me up while she was in…. I didn’t ask her to, or even talk to her about it, but I’m pretty stored!!