There’s something about parenthood that has a way of reinforcing gender binaries. This is partly because it’s baked into various systems that mothers come into contact with. It begins in the pregnancy process — since male doctors took over the process in the early 1900s, it has been one in which women are infantilized and rarely listened to; a problem that gets exponentially worse as you add layers of racial and class discrimination. Read more.
Our nation’s prison and jail population had quintupled in 30 years, leaving us with the highest incarceration rate in the world. A third of black men had felony records — due in large part to a racially biased, brutal drug war — and were relegated to a permanent second-class status. Tens of millions of people in the United States had been stripped of basic civil and human rights, including the right to vote, the right to serve on juries and the right to be free of legal discrimination in employment, housing, education and basic public benefits. Read more.