It’s not that wanting to split the grocery bill makes you a bad person—though you might feel like one after observing the results. It’s that proponents misunderstand how best to channel their desire to do good for others. In fact, the new health care law feels less like an exhibition of human kindness and generosity, and more like 906 pages of missed opportunities for change.
I would posit that the English language is just fine, and that the correct term we’re really searching for is “being an asshole.” Unneeded explanation happens to everyone, not just to women, as any man anywhere could attest to.
Policy both determines what we value and is a reflection of what we value. Comparing the hypocrisy of extensive financial aid granted to women seeking to avoid childbirth to the limited taxpayer-funded support for those women who are now, later in life, struggling to give birth, demonstrates our misplaced values and ignored incentives.
You should be a tad disturbed, because underlying these articles is an assumption that women aren’t individuals – they’re a group with a collective experience that should be put in a test tube and studied.