This is so powerful, why doesn’t it have more reblogs/likes?!
because poor fat people are represented as drunk smoking abusive scum of the earth that walk around in their underwear and spend too much time on the phone and watching t.v.?
Look—I have some *serious* issues with how adoption works in this country (specifically around immigration right now, but also around what is called a family and who gets to adopt and whose babies are being adopted)—but I also dont think that poor people are inherently fucked up parents either. I don’t think people with dirty walls are inherently bad parents, I don’t think people who walk around in their underwear are inherently bad parents—fuck, i don’t even think smokers are inherently bad parents.
i do think it doesn’t make much sense tho, to attribute ALL of of those nasty negative things to poor people. Or to attribute “clean” “well off” “caring” “nuclear familial desire” to only upper class white gay men.
how would this picture be represented if it was two dykes of color in the barrio holding each other crying because they want to adopt and can’t. Would a picture like this work? especially realizing that the more common scenario for say, latina dykes is that their family is *deported* because their union isn’t recognized?
Ugh, I hate this cartoon. Ugh. Like seriously, the gay guys are fit to parent because they drink water and read books, while the “trashy” spouses are unfit to parent because they drink beer and watch television? Because that lady’s bra is showing? Because that guy is balding? Ugh.
Have to agree with Quixotess. This comic doesn’t do a good job of arguing its point, which is that many good candidates for adoptive/foster parenthood are denied because of their sexuality, while bad candidates are passed through. It’s packed with classist imagery: fatness, untidy dress, excessive alcohol and nicotine consumption, blatant religiosity, uncontrolled children, loudness, untidy body language, abusive parenting, bad housekeeping, and even that old chestnut, the always turned on television.
This comic says:
- poor people are fat, irresponsible, abusive, disgusting, excessively religious
- middle class people are intelligent, clean, responsible, soulful, family oriented
Also, just see the above bolded paragraph.