Sunday, 31 May 2009

And while I further procrastinate writing the article that was due on Friday...

Did anybody notice this headline: Rescued boys' mother 'shopping', in which lifeguards at Wirral beach blame an absent mother when they find two young children in deep water at the beach. This, perhaps, would not be problematic criticism except that the children were at the beach as a part of a larger family group and the boys had wandered off. Their grandmother and other family members were searching for them further up the beach.

It seems to me that if a mother leaves her children with people she trusts while she goes shopping, she is only very indirectly responsible when they wander off. Why is she been targeted? Where is the father [I'm going to assume there is one]? Is he just not there that day- well, shouldn't he share some of the blame? I mean, he clearly left his children with their mother, a woman who was irresponsible enough to leave them with a family member who let them wander off.

The lifeguard also told off the grandmother for not keeping a close enough eye on them, so it seems that who is to blame is not entirely clear, but it's definitely a woman.

3 comments:

polly said...

But the slut was SHOPPING. Probably for shoes, to go out in her single motherhood slutdom drinking and looking for men to have sex with, leaving her children in the care of their feckless grandparents again to burn themselves to death playing with matches.

I agree: Que? Is she meant to rope them to her body until they are 18 just in case?

Feminist Avatar said...

I know, and then once they're 18 and turn into psycopaths she can be blamed for coddling them and not giving them their space.

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