“‘Switched at Birth’ mirrors real life attitudes that male politicians have toward single mothers and single mothers of color in particular. Bitch blogger Diane Shipley pointed out that ’politicians haven’t stopped blaming single mothers for society’s problems.’ MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry added these thoughts last month:
We need to be wary when policy makers evoke familial explanations [such as single motherhood] for structural inequalities….Policy tends to be blind to the pathologies of the privileged. It’s only families that are economically disadvantaged or from communities of color that become spectacles of concern for us.”
Read the rest of my article “TV’s Single Mothers and the Dudes Who Think They Know What’s Best For Them” over at Bitch Magazine.