Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Mothers Should Stand Up for their Sons

According to a recent study, members of Congress who have daughters tend to vote more liberally on so-called women’s issues. In particular, they tend to vote against restrictions on abortions.

If only the mothers of sons would do the same. And, for the record, let’s make it clear that voting to restrict abortion is not a men’s issue.

Some issues that mothers in Congress with sons or even regular mothers who exercise their right to vote should include:
An improved educational environment for boys in public schools. This should include working to abolish the current system that seems to punish boys for being male.

Reworking Title IX so that it is no longer a quota system and takes into account the large number of student athletes on football teams. Men’s rowing, wrestling, and gymnastics teams around the country have been eliminate for not other reason than to make sure the number of women participating in college sports is equal to the number of men.

Elimination of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and especially the “date rape” provision in the new version of this hateful legislation. Mother’s of sons should make no mistake about the fact that the date rape provision of VAWA puts teenage boys at extreme risk.

Pushing for shared custody of children in a divorce and eliminating or greatly restructuring the current child support system.

Outlawing the use of ADHD drugs to treat boys for behaving like what they are, boys. Only in the most extreme cases should a boy ever be given a drug like Ritalin and even then it should be last resort and used for only a limited period of time.

Conducting a detailed investigation and research into why teenage boy suicide is 5 times what it is for teenage girls.

Pushing for military draft for women, as we currently have for men. And, pushing the military to put women into more combat roles, preferable in equal percentages as men.
There are plenty of other policies (or elimination of policies) that you may think of, so please feel free to add them to the comments.

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