OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

A few months ago, I tuned into the Republican National Convention... just for kicks. I wanted to see who would get out of the "clown car" next. I wanted to see if they would present a brand new Mitt. Instead, I encountered something that I wasn't expecting: Their hostile, dismissive tone towards unmarried women and single mothers.

When the women and men would speak about families and life, it was done in a way that made me feel alienated and excluded. Most of them took for granted the idea that most women, especially women with kids, were married. I wasn't a part of their world view. When they did acknowledge unmarried women and single mothers, it was in a condescending, insulting way.

Watching their coverage, I wasn't angry--I was sad. I was made to feel less than during those moments. But I'm glad that the feelings were short lived. Today, I can proudly say to the smug, selfish hypocrites of the republican party:

I am a proud single mother. No, this is not what I envisioned for myself, and I understand that my son will face some challenges that his two-parent-household-peers may not have to face. I had high hopes of being married and living a "traditional life." But those aren't the cards that I was dealt. I had to decide between going forward by myself or staying in an emotionally abusive relationship. I chose the former, and I have no regrets. If I meet someone special in the future, then that will be great--but I'll tell you what-- The man I choose won't be a man who I am too scared to wake up when I'm having a miscarriage. He wouldn't dream of strapping the family dog to the roof during a 12 hour trip. He won't force me to carry a rapist's baby. And he won't be a homophobic bigot who secretly engages in gay sex. THAT much, I'm sure of.

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Extended (Optional)

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.