paid paternity leave

So you want to call yourself “pro-life”

Okay.  I get it.  You don’t like abortions.  A fertilized egg is the same thing as an adult human being.  Abortion makes you sad.  And you want to put a stop to abortions in America.

Now, you can do it the easier way.  The way countless dumbshits have done it since the beginning of time: attempt to make it illegal and figure now everyone has to “deal with the consequences” of having sex.  

But that’s not pro-life.  To be “pro-life,” you have to actually give a shit about the life of the person, not just whether or not they’re born.  If you say “Tough shit, you’re on your own” as soon as the pregnant person is denied an abortion, you can’t call yourself pro-life.

You wanna be pro-life?

Then you’d better:

- Support paid maternity and paternity leave.  

- Support a minimum wage increase so that one person can comfortably and safely provide for a household.  

- Support increased funding for public schools (which includes a living wage for teachers!)

- Support government funding for before- and after-school programs for children living in a single-parent household.

- Be in favor of socialized health care.  This especially includes free or affordable access to birth control and prenatal care, but extends to everyone for the duration of their lives.  Those things you claim to be campaigning to preserve and protect.  This includes mental health care.  

- Be in favor of disability payments being large enough for the payee to live a safe and comfortable life (and cutting the $5,000 in the bank and you’re cut off rule off while you’re at it).

- Accept that this shit is going to cost taxpayer money.  Recognize that if you truly believe that life is precious, and that ending abortion is killing babies, it should be worth it to you.

- Quit spreading lies and misinformation about birth control.  The more people who have access to birth control, the fewer unplanned pregnancies.  It’s not rocket science.

- Fight against rapist and abusers’ inherent parental rights so no one feels an abortion is their only option to be safe.

- Fight for the rights of birth parents and adoptive parents in adoption.

- Protect the rights and lives of immigrants and refugees.  “All lives matter,” remember?  Support the religious minority communities in your area and stand up for them when they’re attacked.  This includes Native communities; this includes religions you don’t personally like.

- Pay more than lip service to the ideas of gender and racial equality.  Accept that sexism and racism are still prevalent in American society.  Recognize your privilege and use it to help others.  Racism isn’t “over,” slavery isn’t something people should “get over,” the wage gap is real, and there’s no such thing as reverse racism.  Accept that leveling the playing field isn’t unfair to white males.  

- Vacate the voluntourism industry and use those thousands of dollars you pay to make yourself feel good to actually help people in those countries if you want to “be a blessing” to them.  Plenty of better-qualified people have written extensively on why this is a must-do.

- Hold the police responsible for use of excessive force and assault.

- Advocate for those unfairly imprisoned.

- Protest the exploitation of current and former prisoners, immigrants and the disabled in the workforce.

- Support all marriage rights.  Your religion doesn’t matter to anyone but you;
the government benefits to legal marriage matter to everyone.


And finally, accept that the pregnant person and the fetus cannot possibly have equal rights.  Understand that abortions are going to be necessary sometimes. 

 If a person is trying to flee an abusive spouse, it may not be safe for them to remain pregnant, and THEIR LIFE MATTERS.

If an eleven-year-old is impregnated by a family member, THEIR LIFE MATTERS.

If someone whose medications cause birth defects cannot abstain from medication for nine months, THEIR LIFE MATTERS.

If someone has severe PTSD that would be triggered by pregnancy and childbirth, THEIR LIFE MATTERS.

If someone’s only means of support is physical labor that cannot safely be done while pregnant, THEIR LIFE MATTERS.

If someone cannot safely go through pregnancy and childbirth, THEIR LIFE MATTERS.

If someone is diagnosed with cancer after finding out about their pregnancy, THEIR LIFE MATTERS.

If someone is faced with the decision to terminate a pregnancy due to birth defects incompatible with life, regardless of the decision they make, THEIR LIFE MATTERS.

And ultimately, YOU do not get to decide that they matter more or less than their pregnancy.  

Can you fight for these values and accept these things?  Can you accept that this is NOT ABOUT YOU?  

Do you still want to end the necessity of abortion in America?  To make it as rare as humanly possible?  Knowing that in some tragic circumstances it will be necessary for it to be a safe and legal procedure?

 Congratulations, you’re pro-life.

If not, you’re a controlling asshole who wants to punish someone for getting pregnant.  

Feminism means that men should have paid paternity leave to bond with their child.

Feminism is about fathers rights being balanced alongside a mothers, especially if there is evidence that the mother isn’t capable.

Feminism means both men and women have the choice to work or to be stay at home parents.

Feminism means women should be prosecuted for rape and sexual assault on the same level as men, whether it’s against other women or against men.

Feminism means women are allowed to work in both STEM areas AND garbage disposal and sewage works, and that men can work in beauty and care areas.

Real feminism wants equality between the sexes. Real feminism doesn’t prize women above men. Real feminism values men and women in their strengths and weaknesses, and recognises that men and women can’t necessarily do the same due to biological differences.

Feminism is for both men and women.

Not How It Was Meant To Happen - FINAL CHAPTER

I’VE ONLY GONE AND BLOODY FINISHED ONE OF MY FICS!! *party poppers pop, champers gets passed around, cocktail sausages get skewered with lil toothpicks*

Too soon. It’s all too soon. The baby’s not safe to make its appearance into the the world until 37 weeks, Sansa is 36 weeks. Jon remembers this fact from one of her ‘What To Expect When Expecting’ baby books. One week can’t make that much difference right? RIGHT?!

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le-sel-et-le-vide  asked:

Happy Julian month!!! I'm so excited for you and hope the wee sprout's release date comes soon!

I hope so too. I want him out of me nowwww. Alex wants me to go into labour today so he doesn’t have to go into work tomorrow since he gets like 2 weeks of paid paternity leave when I go into labour haha!

anonymous asked:

As a European from one of the world's safest countries with no guns, safely walking down the streets at night, with free education, free health care, paid mat/paternity leave, 5 weeks of paid vacation, great economy, job security and pension I can only laugh at all that "greatest country in the world" bs. Go visit some other countries Bateseseses and Diggers

I know where you coming from, but I think it is a cultural thing! Coming from a country where patriotism is not something that is encouraged the 4th of July posts are also kind of strange to me. But we have an entirely different culture. Just because we see us all as “western countries” does not mean we don’t have different cultures. I think the europeans think the americans are kind of weird and the other way round. Pros and Cons on each side :) (Annie)



“I believe all human beings in this planet and in this society we live in deserve to be treated the same,” he said. “They deserve to be treated the same in their social lives and in their financial and business careers as well.”

White, said it is “embarrassing” that a gender wage gap still exists. He said pay should not be dictated by gender, or whether an individual is transgender or gender neutral.

“In my life in the arts, I’ve always considered it unfair when, for example, while producing a record, that a drummer would be less than a singer simply because that singer had an agent or representative,” he said. “I think they should be paid the same.“

“Now wouldn’t it be just as ridiculous to pay two fiddle players a different wage because one of them is male and one of them is female? I think so.”

The hook for White’s involvement: Third Man Records’ policies for employees, which at a Wednesday press conference to announce the new council were lauded as a model for other small businesses. White said his record store has health insurance for all employees, six-month paid maternity leave for new mothers, three-month paid paternity leave and a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all employees regardless of gender.

Source: The Tennessean.

Where Do Fathers Receive The Most Paternity Leave? [Infographic]

70 countries around the world now provide paid paternity leave for fathers. The length of time offered and the average payment level differ drastically between countries. Read more >

Retention of female employees and their mobility into higher paying roles can be improved when paid parental leave is encouraged for both men and women.

PREACH.* That’s from the Seattle City Council, who, spurred by Councilmember Jean Godden, moved one step closer to offering paid family leave for City employees of all genders today.

The resolution, which offers four weeks of paid family leave to parents (including foster and adoptive parents) of all gender who have been with the City for more than six months, will go before full council on Monday, where it will definitely pass.

The vote came after a series of testimonies from community members (and their kids!), which Godden said gave her “a lump in her throat.” 

“It’s one thing to make legislation, it’s another to see…who it will impact,” she said. 

Though the new legislation will only apply to City employees, the hope is that it will eventually be expanded, similar to the Safe and Sick Leave, to all workers in the City of Seattle. Unfortunately, it’s likely to face an uphill battle from the business community who, as we’ve seen from $15 and the aforementioned sick leave ordinance, tend to be a hard sell on pro-worker matters that will cost money. They are also, as demonstrated by both of those laws, slow to comply.

But this is a start. And while four weeks is still well below the international average in developed nations, it’s above the national requirement, which is zero.

Good work, Jean Godden!

*Though we would not use binary gender language because that’s exclusive. We would say “for all genders.”

The next Labour government will transform the workplace

Labour’s 20 point plan to end the ‘rigged economy’ in work

Labour is backing a comprehensive programme to strengthen rights at work, make sure new jobs are good jobs, and end the race to the bottom in pay, conditions and job security.

Low pay and insecurity have mushroomed under the Conservatives. Labour will invest in the jobs and industries of the future, and take action to enforce a floor under employment standards across the board – so that all jobs are decent jobs.

The next Labour government will bring in a 20 point plan for security and equality at work:

·  Give all workers equal rights from day one, whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent – so that all workers have the same rights and protections whatever kind of job they have

·  Ban zero hours contracts – so that every worker gets a guaranteed number of hours each week

·  Ensure that any employer wishing to recruit labour from abroad does not undercut workers at home - because it causes divisions when one workforce is used against another

·  Repeal the Trade Union Act and roll out sectoral collective bargaining – because the most effective way to maintain good rights at work is through a trade union

·  Guarantee trade unions a right to access workplaces – so that unions can speak to members and potential members

·  Introduce four new Bank Holidays – we’ll bring our country together with new holidays to mark our four national patron saints’ days, so that workers in Britain get the same proper breaks as in other countries.

·  Raise the minimum wage to the level of the living wage (expected to be at least £10 per hour by 2020) – so that no one in work gets poverty pay

·  End the public sector pay cap – because public sector wages have fallen and our public sector workers deserve a pay rise

·  Amend the takeover code to ensure every takeover proposal has a clear plan in place to protect workers and pensioners – because workers shouldn’t suffer when a company is sold

·  Roll out maximum pay ratios – of 20:1 in the public sector and companies bidding for public contracts - because it cannot be right that wages at the top keep rising while everyone else’s stagnates

·  Ban unpaid internships – because it’s not fair for some to get a leg up when others can’t afford to

·  Enforce all workers’ rights to trade union representation at work – so that all workers can be supported when negotiating with their employer

·  Abolish employment tribunal fees – so that people have access to justice

·  Double paid paternity leave to four weeks and increase paternity pay – because fathers are parents too and deserve to spend more time with their new babies

·  Strengthen protections for women against unfair redundancy – because no one should be penalised for having children

·  Hold a public inquiry into blacklisting – to ensure that blacklisting truly becomes and remains a thing of the past

·  Give equalities reps statutory rights – so they have time to protect workers from discrimination

·  Reinstate protection against third party harassment – because everyone deserves to be safe at work

·  Use public spending power to drive up standards, including only awarding public contracts to companies which recognise trade unions

·  Introduce a civil enforcement system to ensure compliance with gender pay auditing– so that all workers have fair access to employment and promotion opportunities and are treated fairly at work

 John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said:

 “These policies will be the cornerstone of the next Labour government’s programme to bring an end to the rigged economy that many experience in workplaces across Britain.

“The scandal of six million people earning less than the living wage, and four million children growing up in poverty are not inevitable. It only takes a change of government to bring these outrages to an end.

“The measures we are planning will make that possible, update our country for the 21st century and prepare us for the economic challenges ahead.

“They will also underpin the values we want to see in the British economy, and underline the scale of Labour’s plans to transform the workplace from the shop-floor up to the boardroom.

“When voters go to the polls on 8th June they should know that if they vote Labour, they will be voting for a change in the balance of power not only in society but in their places of work.

“It will mean tearing up the Tory status quo that allows most people’s wages to fall behind prices, and allow them to start to share in the wealth they help to create.

“Only a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn will stand up for the many in our offices and factories, while the Tories are only prepared to protect big business and a wealthy few.”

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said:

“Labour’s 20 point plan on employment rights seeks not only to extend the rights of workers but enforce them too. For too long people have fallen through the gaps in the law or suffered because the law is simply inadequate, we intend to stop this. This election offers a clear choice: do you want a labour market run for the many or the few.”

Why aren’t there more female investment bankers? Maybe it’s actually the same reason there aren’t more male investment bankers who aren’t insufferable alpha males – because investment banking is a gigantic fly trap for macho assholes and ideally nobody should be doing it. The real question is why are there so many macho assholes, and why do we let them beat the economy like a rented mule? This is of course in no way to suggest that efforts to reduce gender imbalances should cease, because there are going to be people of any gender who want to be investment bankers for whatever reason, and equality means all of them should by God have an equal chance at wasting their lives (and the legal right to be paid maternity/paternity leave to raise their devil spawn). The point is just to illustrate that what men do is automatically seen as desirable, as opposed to maybe asking if maybe something having no women in it maybe means it’s maybe bullshit.

5 Responses to Sexism That Just Make Everything Worse

Out of 193 countries in the United Nations, only a small handful do not have a national paid parental leave law: New Guinea, Suriname, a few South Pacific island nations and the United States.

In the U.S., that means a lot moms and dads go back to work much sooner after the birth of a baby than they would like because they can’t afford unpaid time off.

Jody Heymann, founding director of the World Policy Analysis Center at UCLA, says the global landscape for paid parental leave looks bright, but the U.S. is far behind.

“The U.S. is absolutely the only high-income country that doesn’t, and as you can tell by the numbers, overwhelmingly the world provides it,” she says. “The world not only provides paid maternity leave, but they provide adequate paid paternity leave.”

Countries Around The World Beat The U.S. On Paid Parental Leave

Map: Alyson Hurt/NPR

America Has the Worst Family Leave Policies Of Any Developed Country

In the U.S., you’re guaranteed zero weeks of paid leave and 12 weeks of protected leave, meaning your job will be waiting for you three months after your child is born. Under America’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, however, this is only for employees who have been at a company of 50 or more workers for at least a year, and even in these circumstances, employers are not required to provide any sort of compensation for your leave. The 50-employee requirement also puts workers at smaller, newer companies at a disadvantage. So if you’re pregnant at a tiny start-up in the U.S., your paid and protected leave options are at the discretion of your manager. Even if you work at a company with more than 50 people, you might run into some trouble if you find out you’re having a kid before hitting your one-year employee mark.

Why ads that praise the myth of the ideal mother may, in fact, be condescending:

“Most parents lack paid maternity or paternity leave, and many struggle to afford high-quality day care. For some parents, especially low-wage workers, taking time off to care for a sick kid or attend a parent-teacher conference means risking their jobs. If we were serious about honoring mothers, viral videos casting their lives as impossibly difficult wouldn’t warm our hearts; they would impel us to action.”

Photograph courtesy of the Print Collector/Getty.

Every country collects taxes. Only America chooses to spend over half [57%] on the military. We could easily have universal health and education, zero medical debt and zero student debt, months of paid family leave and paid paternity leave, but we give all that tax money to defense spending.