Discrimination. It's a word that gets tossed around a lot these days. And no one likes to use it more than Gloria Steinem and her minions, who recently got their knickers in a twist over the Democratic National Convention and its horrifying lack of... drum roll please... babysitting.
Yep. You heard me. "The Democratic party shouldn't put you in a position where you have to choose between your child and participating in a political convention," said delegate Susie Shannon.
Ms. Steinem and several chapters of the National Organization for Women agree: "This practice of discrimination needs to end in 2012."
Seriously, ladies? Not providing babysitting is discrimination?
Oh, for heaven's sake! Do you even hear yourselves? If I were Susan B. Anthony I would rise from my grave and smack you.
If you choose to have children you choose the set of responsibilities that goes along with having those children. Among those responsibilities? Finding your own dang babysitter.
The universe is not under any obligation to support your life choices with freebies or perks or even conveniences. No one -- I repeat -- no one, is required to provide you with childcare, nor are they required to allow you to take your little darlings wherever you please. To suggest that it is "discriminatory" to expect women to take responsibility for their own children is pathetic, not to mention incredibly insulting to women who are actual victims of discrimination.
Nothing cheapens a word or demeans its true victims like its blatant misuse.
For that, these women should be ashamed of themselves.