Teen Mother Welfare Reform

Decent Essays

FAS of 1988 cemented the major shift in the characterization of poor women who were reliant on welfare from inept mothers to calculating parasites (Jordan-Zachery, 2009). Going from the unskillful mother who was viewed as incompetent to take care of her child and responsibilities to a calculating parasite that feeds off benefits and dependency of welfare. The imagery used was of the stereotype of the “Welfare Queen” attached to women requiring financial assistance levels out difficulties to deliver a stereotype, unavailing story of poverty. Similarly, the image of the teen mother welfare recipient straightforwardly endorses a great part of the language of welfare

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