quote:Originally posted by Popcorn:quote:Originally posted by sunnubian:
I'm sorry, but you seem to have missed the idea of the post altogether. It was not about pregnant mothers or single mothers, although pregnancy was used as supportive material. Forgive the double meaning.
It was about a double standard that exists in our society and is used almost exclusively to demean women. I used the words "promiscuity" and "promiscuous" but there are many other examples and many other words I could have used to illistrate this double standard.
I don't know what gender you are but I'll guess from your name that you're a women. Regardless of that, a women is never a "whore", not in the dirty, filthy, demeaning way this word has come to be used in our culture.... no matter what the circumstances.
Have you ever heard a man called a "whore"? Of course not! It sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Even though a man may behave in the same careless manner, it is another term applied exclusively, and meant to demean women. That it sounds so rediculous is a measure of the extent to which this double standard has become ingrained worldwide. And applying it to women while giving men a pass is EXACTLY what I meant. If you don't see that, you're blind and need some serious reprogramming.
Woman or not, I resent your use of the word!
I based my response on the bolded:
""Latoyia Figueroa has been a single mother since her teens, and with this second child on the way... she has been promiscuous."
"It is very possible that her own promiscuity may have contributed to her present situation."
The above statement implies that 'her present situation' is due to her being 'promiscuous.'
What else should I have gotten from the statement, excerpt, etc.,? You went on to address the sexist double standard in the post; I merely pointed out the sexist mythology that such double standards are based on and why.
In other words we live in a world/time where women are really judged by the 'existence' of "evidence" of imoral sexual behavior(pregnancy/child/children without marriage), evidence that is faulty at best in coming to a conclusion on a woman's character, sexual history/background, or promiscuity.