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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:11 AM

Social Security Official: Married Working Mothers Are Bad for Society

Source: The Daily Beast



Robert W. Patterson, a right-wing commentator turned acting associate commissioner at the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Strategic and Digital Communications, once railed against married women, homosexuality, and condoms, according to a series of clips gathered by liberal watchdog Media Matters for America. In a 2011 since-removed Washington Examiner op-ed, Media Matters reports, Patterson wrote that the government “has facilitated the movement of mothers out of the home economy and into the market economy, undermining the family as an economic unit, marriage as a lifelong partnership, and the well-being of children.”

He has also reportedly worked for two anti-gay organizations, criticized the American Psychiatric Association for not listing homosexuality as a mental disorder, and advocated for conversion therapy, a practice that has been resoundingly debunked. Media Matters also cites a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer, which summarized a piece Patterson co-wrote for the conservative journal Family in America. The piece, the Inquirer notes, summarizes recent family-related studies—and covers one study which claims that condom use deprives women of the “remarkable” chemicals in semen. The study also claims that “semen-exposed women” performed better on cognitive tasks.

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Reply Social Security Official: Married Working Mothers Are Bad for Society (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 11 OP
RKP5637 Jan 11 #1
dlk Jan 11 #2
Solly Mack Jan 11 #3
dlk Jan 11 #4
Efilroft Sul Jan 11 #5
not fooled Jan 11 #6
marlakay Jan 11 #19
not fooled Jan 11 #21
riversedge Jan 11 #7
PSPS Jan 11 #8
niyad Jan 11 #9
Perseus Jan 11 #10
IronLionZion Jan 11 #11
PoindexterOglethorpe Jan 11 #12
Doreen Jan 11 #13
Grins Jan 11 #14
Dave Starsky Jan 11 #27
lilactime Jan 11 #15
LakeArenal Jan 11 #16
apnu Jan 11 #17
shenmue Jan 11 #18
Sophiegirl Jan 11 #20
NastyRiffraff Jan 11 #22
Delmette2.0 Jan 11 #23
lunatica Jan 11 #24
Honeycombe8 Jan 11 #25
Freethinker65 Jan 11 #26
aggiesal Jan 11 #28
Cold War Spook Jan 11 #29
TexasBushwhacker Jan 11 #30
crazycatlady Jan 11 #31
bdamomma Jan 11 #32

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:19 AM

1. He sounds like a lovely POS! n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:28 AM

2. This is What Traditional Patriarchy Looks Like-Holding Onto Power by Keeping Others Down

They don't like to share.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:34 AM

3. Damn

Magic semen thinking.

LMAO

That aside...people like him should never be in a position of power...any position of power. Not even head waiter.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:39 AM

4. There's Never a Shortage of Dinosaurs

If anyone has had the chance, I would highly recommend the new film about my personal hero, RBG, "On the Basis of Sex." It delves into this very issue and how she successfully fought discriminatory laws that assumed women were only meant to stay at home to care for their families and not work. I pray every day for her continued recovery from surgery.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:47 AM

5. People like him want it both ways.

If wages didn't stagnate over the last four-plus decades (which I'll bet Patterson celebrates), then perhaps married mothers wouldn't have had to enter the workforce to bolster household incomes and thus spoil his idealized "Father Knows Best" vision for America.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:56 AM

6. No, idiot

Neoliberal predatory capitalism requires 2-earner households to maintain some semblance of middle-class status. If women hadn't entered the workforce, the income of most families would have fallen off a cliff.



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Response to not fooled (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:01 PM

19. A lot of women or men would like to be able

To afford to stay home with the kids.

Men who say that are basically stupid to how society works and has for long time.

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Response to marlakay (Reply #19)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:05 PM

21. Yep

ronnie raygun and the vile economic policies of his puppetmasters and successors harmed families and denied to many women the opportunity to stay home with the kids if they would have preferred to do so. Hippies and feminists did not. But, let's demonize the latter to prevent 'Muricans from figuring out who's actually to blame.


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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:57 AM

7. He is one of those vile "Acting" officials installed by Trump Adm. damn

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:11 PM

8. Take up your complaints with Reagan's corpse

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:15 PM

9. a typical patriarchal swamp creture.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:17 PM

10. To: Mr. Patterson

Assholes like you are bad for society...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:35 PM

11. Trump's buddies are bad for society

Dude's got to have some kind of record for having the worst political appointees

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:36 PM

12. And I bet he'd be the first to say that

a widow or divorced wife shouldn't get any spousal benefits, also.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:11 PM

13. Back to the idiotic

bare foot and pregnant. Next he will be claiming wives need a weekly proper beating to keep them in line. What a POS!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:19 PM

14. "...semen-exposed women" performed better on cognitive tasks.

Well, I did my best to help you gals out!!

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Response to Grins (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:53 PM

27. Association does not imply causation.

It could be that smarter women just get laid more, on average.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:43 PM

15. What a fucking asshole.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:57 PM

16. All because Eve at a piece of fruit. Sad.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:57 PM

17. Obvious sexism aside. How many Americans can afford a one-income family?

WTF is wrong with Republicans who say this stuff? Do they even know that their own voter base have mostly double income families? These same assholes also say the American worker needs a "wage adjustment down" to compete in the global labor market. So how the fuck is anybody supposed to raise a family one one low wage job?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:59 PM

18. When women quit their jobs and the economy collapses,

then, he can apologize.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:04 PM

20. Uhm...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:10 PM

22. Another fake "scientist"

They always know more than the real scientists; you know, the ones with actual relevant education and experience. Funny that they're almost always Republicans or conservatives.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:11 PM

23. What a f***ing asshole

I worked as a single woman to support myself. Just because I got married does not mean I became incompetent. I saw working as a way to save for the future, to stay up with society and the workforce.
This attitude saved me when the marriage failed 12 years later and I was the only support for two children.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:15 PM

24. During times of war which this country has had a plethora of,

it has been the women who have held it together. Like Abigail Adams when her husband was off running the country, being Ambassador, being important, she ran the farm, raised the kids, promoted feminism, used the pox to immunize her children during an outbreak at a time when the idea of immunization was so new that doctors didn’t do it, and influenced her husband as a consultant.

When farmers went off the war it was their womenfolk who ran the farms, plowing the fields and harvesting the crops, taking care of the livestock and made sure people were fed, including the military.

When the men went off to fight WWI and WWII it was the women who stepped into do the factory work and the build the weapons, the ships and the armored trucks, jeeps and fighter jets needed for the wars.

All women who were then sent packing back home to be the good little wives and mothers when men came home from their wars.

There has never been a time in our history that women did less than men. Never. Anything else we’ve heard is a made up lie.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:33 PM

25. Grrrrrr. In other words, he doesn't recognize "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"

In other words, he doesn't recognize "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" for married women. That's the old view that she's taking a job away from a man...and the ever popular "she SHOULD be paid less because she's worth less." And the popular view among wife beaters that she shouldn't have the option to leave. Or be independent. Or make her own money. She needs to be totally dependent on ME.

Back into the kitchen, all you married women! And take those shoes off! If you're not pregnant, get to a doctor to find out what's wrong with you!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:44 PM

26. As a stay at home mom for 21 years, I say this is bullshit

Blame all of societies perceived ills on decisions of women?

And I am sure as acting associate director of the SSA he will soon begin touting what a drag women are on SS/Medicare benefits. Once past their baby making years and no longer deemed fuckable, why should males care?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:22 PM

28. Thank God, he's not sexist n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:21 PM

29. It would be nice if a husband or a wife could make enough money for the family.

Then people could decide if they both want to work or if one would like to stay home with the children.

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Response to Cold War Spook (Reply #29)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:54 PM

30. Indeed, the increasing income inquality of the last 40 years

has made it harder for families to survive on a single income. That isn't the Democrats doing. Not to mention, women pay a heavy price when they take time away from their careers to care for children or elderly family members. Not only do they have the loss of income and career momentum for the years they took off. They often have to take jobs that pay less when they do go back to work. I had to take time off to care for my mother in 2003 and 2004. My highest earning year was 2002. I'm just now getting back to earning what I did then, and that's not even counting for inflation.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:20 PM

31. 1950 called

They want their talking points back.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:29 PM

32. He sounds very

Handmaids Tale. Doesn't he??

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