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  •  that's a good point (2+ / 0-)
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    Ellinorianne, Cassandra Waites

    The cookie-cutter house isolation problem. Of course, that is not just a problem for mothers, it's really a problem for everyone and a big part of why there is so much loneliness. I guess there was a time in history when there was a "commons" area where people could go and hang out - in the U.S. it seems most public space has private space rules attached to it.

    In other countries, most notably in Europe, where they have things like national healthcare and extended maternity leave, they acknowledge that child-bearing is not just something women indulge ourselves with for entertainment, but is actually a biologically important function which ensures that in the future there will be more people. They don't treat motherhood as free-loading everywhere, LOL. (Sure, an argument could be made against overpopulation, but it never is by those who rail against family planning, and where would they get their cheap labor and armies if poor women stopped making more people?)

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