I want to hiss is, 'For god's sake, will you go to sleep?'
The Victorian assisted reproductive technology vote is imminent, and looks close. If it passes, lesbians and single women in that state will be able to access ART services, and women second parents go on the birth certificate. It seems so archaic that this is not yet the case. As one of my interviewees last week said, 'I can't believe we are having to waste energy on struggling for this instead of on important issues like climate change.'
I'm on a lesbian parents' mailing list, and a woman whose partner is pregnant expressed dismay upon finding out that they are having a boy. A bunch of us mothers-of-boys leapt in and it turns out she is worried about 'not having a male role model'.
Here's what I wrote in response:
(The following bit is meant to be out of italics but I can't make them stop - annoying. I read things with a fdifferent inflection when they are in italics so this bit desn't 'sound' right in my head.)
The whole tired argument makes me furious. We are already so conscious of how we are bringing up Junior. I see the PFTC has a funding round for documentaries open at the moment. Maybe I'll propose one on women bringing up boys. I need some activity to do in the middle of the night with half-slumbrous babies.