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Hilary Hoynes is a University of California at Berkeley economist who wrote a particularly notable paper last year. Instead of increasing dependency, as conservative critics have repeatedly claimed, Hoyen’s paper showed that, for women at least, food stamp use during pregnancy and early childhood has exactly the opposite impact of what conservatives allege: It actually increases economic self-sufficiency when children grow up, in the next generation.
Study of the Day: Watching TV May Boost the Self-Esteem of White Boys – Hans Villarica – The Atlantic
TV time was significantly related to children’s self-esteem. More precisely, television exposure predicted a decrease in self-esteem for black boys, white girls, and black girls as well as an increase in self-esteem among white boys. On average, the black children in the study also spent an extra 10 hours a week in front of their TV sets.
Martins explains in a statement that girls appear to be influenced by one-dimensional, sexualized depictions of women, while black boys may be disturbed by their TV counterparts, who are often criminalized or shown as hoodlums and buffoons. She adds that white boys may experience the opposite effect because they tend to identify with powerful characters who don’t seem to work very hard for their accomplishments.
All black female elders, teachers, head nurses, pastor’s wives, supervisors, school administrators, neighbors, sisters, aunts, mothers and grandmothers, I am not asking you to stop relaxing your own hair. Your body is your right. However, I am asking you, allow this emerging generation our chance to love our natural hair without discouraging and penalizing us.
Tell your daughters and your granddaughters and all the other girls in your life this: It’s OK to fall in love and have babies and be the homemaker. It’s also OK to go to law school or business school or medical school or to beauty school or trade school. In fact, it’s more than OK if you want to do BOTH. Better than OK… it’s the smart thing to do. Tell our girls that they really can have it all, but ALL on their terms.
The trope of unwed-mothers-as-social-disease is both unsupported with any real evidence and dangerous to the well-being of many mothers and children. Yet it is a popular trope because it serves the rich, white, male power structure. It perpetuates the notion that the poor are poor because of their own moral failings. Therefore, in the absurdity of a capitalist society in which a few have much more than they need and many have far less, the masses are kept in submission with the myth that people are where they deserve to be