I'm one of millions stuck in this demographic. I live it everyday. My husband and I have three children, two from previous relationships and one we had together. I was the only one in the house who worked because we cannot afford child care for three children. Half-decent child care for that many children would cost at least $1,100 a month! We don't make that much. My husband recently started working a minimum-wage job ($6.25 an hour) to help curb the expenses of Christmas this year. We have tried to work completely opposite shifts, but low-paying jobs like that expect you to be extremely flexible because so many of us in the "missing class" are lined up to take this low-paying job with no benefits, just to keep our electricity on.
We've spent probably 75 percent of the extra money we were counting on for childcare, so we have less time together, less time with our children, for less than an extra $200 a month. All of us in the "missing class" who shouldn't be exercising our divine right to procreate would love to take responsibility for ourselves if we had the same opportunities as everyone else: decent childcare that won't cost as much as a minimum-wage job would pay, healthcare, reproductive care and decent-paying employment.
Now I'm sorry that you haven't had sex in over nine years... but just because your pipes are backed up, that doesn't mean all people who can have sex should be punished for your poor situation. Oh, and if our country would leave women's reproductive rights alone, maybe your tax dollars wouldn't be paying for so many children in the "missing class."
Nov 26 2007 - 12:57pm