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The Actual Problem:
- Bode Miller (Olympic Skier - Yay America!) and Sara McKenna (Former US Marine - Yay America!) have sex.
- Sara McKenna becomes pregnant. Bode Miller wants her to get an abortion, but even with it being a short-term spiraling relationship — McKenna decides to keep the baby. She wanted him to be more of a involved parent, but he didn’t even go with her to get an ultrasound because this baby was “against my wish” (verbatim).
- At 7 months pregnant, McKenna is granted an opportunity to go to Columbia University in NYC. (You go girl)
- Bode Miller then wants to be granted full custody out of no where because it seemed as though McKenna was trying to flee California. Why was she trying to flee California? To find a more sympathetic judge in New York to grant her full custody (this is his assumption). You know because New York is known to be really sympathetic.
- After a ridiculous custody battle, Miller somehow won custody over the now, 9 month baby boy. Based upon this decision, the court stated: “[Sara McKenna] did not ‘abduct’ the child.”, “…her appropriation of the child while in utero was irresponsible, reprehensible”.
- McKenna has only been with her son for 10 days since she gave birth. The man who did not even want the child to begin with has been traveling around with his wife and the baby.
How did a man who did not want a child and who did not want to be a parent win a custody battle? The US court system has failed again. This is not a legality issue; it’s a women’s rights issue. A mother-to-be was neglected by the man that got her pregnant, went to New York… possibly to start a new life, get an education, and set a good standard when her baby is born, but yet she has been criminalized and cannot even spend Thanksgiving with her child. I’m so tired of the government and the judicial system telling me what I can or cannot do with my vagina. Just like they are closing down abortion clinics and making it harder for women to have abortions in the US, just like they want us to succumb to be the weaker sex, just like the debates upon birth control, and just like how they are constantly pushing traditionalism onto women are consistent ways they try to keep a woman home… Where they believe they belong. That is the real issue here.
- Daily News, you cover major occurrences. You are feeding information to a mass audience. Every corporation is backed by some sort of governmental party, but at the same time - you are supposed to seem unbiased. Therefore, I would like you stop calling Sara McKenna “baby mama” in every article that you write about concerning this custody battle. It’s demeaning, and you - as established news writers - are probably very much aware of that. I mean if you want to be opinionated and use that terminology, you might as well just stick to a Tumblr instead.
- Everyone who was involved in this court decision in May that gave legal custody to Miller should experience, for the same amount of time as an actual pregnancy, the same type of treatment that Miller gave McKenna when she was pregnant. At 7 months of carrying this baby in their body, they should be provided with an option or a way out, and see if they would take it. They should then be given time to rethink their decision, take their right hand (left for the lefties), and finally slap themselves across the face as hard as possible.
- New York State, I hope you show them how it’s really done.
- Let’s just keep my vagina, uterus… actually all of my body parts out of this because it should be my choice. I’ve seen Maury. I’ve seen those men who get 16 different women pregnant, and do not support a single child out of the 16, but still gets to fuck around creating more bodies that he will not support. Can we come up with some laws and regulations on his sperm?
Any other real solutions? They are all welcomed!
Here’s what I’ll admit: many boys have a really hard time with subjectivity. To grapple with your own subjectivity is to grapple with the subjectivities of others. It’s to see the world not as legible, stable, conquerable but as resistant, shifting, and fundamentally unknowable. It diminishes your certainty and authority. It leaves you vulnerable. This is a human problem, being a person among persons, but one that many boys have trouble admitting even the basic tenets of. And so they call for an objectivity that has no foundation except received opinion, that seeks to diminish individual experience, and that turns out to not even exist.
Objectivity is very convenient for the straight white middle class male gamer. Videogame culture encourages him to see his own subjectivity as the standard, as objective. He’ll invoke science, economics, statistics, and all manner of folk wisdom to defend his little kingdom. He’ll decry any challenge as ‘politics’ or ‘bad business’ or ‘whining’ or ‘here we go again’. He never considers how often objectivity is a cover for a dominant subjectivity, for a subjectivity that stays in power by not being recognized as such. He fears what will happen if the established order breaks down and the Vox take control.
Another tactic involves raising selling prices ahead of the holidays before the discounts kick in. In an analysis for The Wall Street Journal, price-tracking firm Market Track LLC looked at the online price fluctuations of 1,743 products in November 2012. Prices climbed an average of 8% in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving for 366, or about a fifth, of the products; the items were then discounted on Black Friday. Toys and tools had the biggest pre-Black Friday price increases—about 23%….
Cynthia Spann is suing Penney over what she says are phantom discounts. She bought three blouses at 40% off the regular price of $30 in March 2011, according to her complaint. But instead of $30, the prevailing price for the blouses in the three months preceding her purchase was $17.99—exactly the same as the sale price she paid, the lawsuit alleges. Ms. Spann said in the complaint that she wouldn’t have bought the blouses if she had known the discount wasn’t real….
Similar cases are pending against Kohl’s Corp. and Jos A. Bank Clothiers Inc. A Kohl’s spokeswoman didn’t reply to requests for comment. In its most recent quarterly filing, the company said the legal proceedings it faces likely won’t have a material effect. A Jos A. Bank spokesman declined to comment on the pending litigation or the company’s pricing strategy, but said two other lawsuits making similar claims were dismissed earlier this year.