Single mothers and the sexual contract

 

I wrote this piece after reading many of the comments on the Parenting Payment for Parents – NOT Newstart¬†facebook page. It begins with a story about my own experience of single motherhood and contrasts this with how difficult things have become. I critique the new “Fair Incentives to Work” legislation which has forced all recipients of Parenting Payment Single whose children have turned 8 onto the woefully inadequate Newstart payment. I make the argument that this is a human rights violation because it essentially discrimates against women with children who are not married.¬†

Read ‘Single mothers and the sexual contract’ at On-Line Opinion:

http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=14716

 

 

Petra Bueskens | Mother, scholar, psychotherapist | Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Melbourne Daylesford