It’s disappointing when journalists who usually get it right, go and get it so wrong. Like Adele Horin in today’s Sydney Morning Herald: Call for compassion in program to move young mothers off welfare.
Ok, the headline was written by the sub. But the sub writes the headline based on the article and the word “father” isn’t mentioned. Not even once:
DANIELLE TROY thinks compassion rather than punishment should guide the federal government’s new approach to teenage mothers… A trial program is being introduced this week that will compel teenage mothers on welfare.. carrots the government is offering to help young women…
It’s clear from the quotes in the article that when Horin interviewed people, she only asked them about teenage mothers.
By perpetuating the bullshit attitude that parenting is something that only women do, the article is wrong. Not wrong as in “it’s wrong to do this because it’s sexist”, but wrong as in it is pretending that young men are excluded from this Government program. They are not. It is the Teenage Parent Trial and nowhere on the department website does it mention teenage mothers:
The Teenage Parent trial is designed to increase the level of educational attainment among teenage parents and to ensure that the children of teenage parents have the best chances in life.
This is Journalism 101 stuff. Seriously.
The mainstream media isn’t giving us the information we need. It is giving us what they think is good enough for people like us, gathered by people that mainstream media organisations regard as competent; but this is not the same thing at all.
Parenting is something that single mothers do, that single fathers do, that transgender people do, that heterosexual couples do, that gay couples do, that lesbian couples do, that transgender couples do, yet the mainstream media continues to pretend that it’s just women’s work. Even to the point of misrepresenting a Government program. This is why we’re not getting any closer to equality.