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Wednesday, August 23

Federal Money and Heteronormativity.

Great.....one million dollars in federal grant money has paid for more heteronormative marriage behavior. Couples living in poverty, overwhelmingly African American, in Baltimore have spent five months in a relationship class that teaches the benefits of a healthy relationship and more specifically marriage. The premise asserts that a marriage is the best place for the children emotionally and financially. The data is out on whether or not this program is showing significant positive changes but any positive outcomes could be used to undermind gay and lesbian parent's rights to adopt or have children of their own. Just marry off the poor people, give them a five month class on how to be in a relationship (based on a stereotypical model), and assume that these couples will pool their income and miraculously emerge unscathed out of poverty. Wow........what an imagination our government has!

6 Comments:

At 2:32 PM, Blogger kidletsmum said...

YIKES!!! How does the government justify this? I fail to understand how a class on relationships is meant to assist people on low incomes. And what of gays and lesbians on low incomes? Are they forced to sit through this sort of class to be told that they should be in a heterosexual marraige? And if there were to be in one, they could somehow overcome poverty? The things that governments push never ceases to amaze me...

 
At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Kate said...

I shall start giving free seminars on how my own marriage has been an economic disaster to educated, white, middle class single girls and boys about to hit 30. Someone might as well get saved from the disaster or normative.

P.S. I really, really missed your blog while I was away.

 
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