mediocrity511 wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 15, 2021 7:37 pm
Wasn't this in part why child benefit/family allowance type payments were made to the mother of children, because it might be the only money that she had access to? It's one pfmthe reasons why UC with its single payment to the household is problematic.
I just went looking into banking rights for women in Ireland, because other post and in that research discovered that a children's allowance was paid in Ireland from the 1940s (yay) but by law it had to be paid to the father (boo). That was only changed in the 1970s too.
While I am at it, there is a comparison here. The UK rate is a bit miserly. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_benefit
I am not sure it is the question directly of child poverty that underpins that direction to allow women to collect it. There were some acquis communautaires that Ireland had to apply post 1973 and some of those related to things like equal pay, and assorted other rights plus the women's rights movements had been agitating for some of them for years.
The thing is: this demonstrates just how recently a lot of western society stopped seeing women as a possession and it is not an overnight change. We know from Ireland that it took a minimum of three to four generations to work out divisions from the civil war and that was a short sharp shock. A culture of undervaluing and taking women goes back 100s of years.
I strongly recommend reading Laura Bates "Men Who Hate Women" by the way. She deep dives incels, pickup artists and MGTOW. Some of the discussions in the incel community are highly concerning.
(Just yo touch back to the subject and not completely derail).