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Sunday Times-childcare costs statistics

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CakeAndChocolate Sun 24-Apr-16 21:49:13

I've seen this a few times on my Facebook feed. It really winds me up, why couldn't they have written "a parent"? Why does it assume childcare costs are the sole responsibility of a mother?

CakeAndChocolate Mon 25-Apr-16 07:22:26

Looks like I'm on my own with this one!

insancerre Mon 25-Apr-16 07:27:30

No, I'm with you
Childcare costs are shared household coists
They don't just come one wage
Plus childcare costs don't last forever and there is an argument about spending in the short term to benefit in the long term

slugseatlettuce Mon 25-Apr-16 07:29:35

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TheBestChocolateIsFree Mon 25-Apr-16 07:31:22

No I agree it's irritating. It also winds up my inner pedant....."where? Knightsbridge? Gateshead? What if she lives within walking distance of work? What about childcare tax credits? Or childcare vouchers - from one or both parents' employers?"

And pension contributions are a profit unless you're planning to die young.

Mner Mon 25-Apr-16 07:34:34

It grated on me too when I read it on Facebook!

mellysam Mon 25-Apr-16 07:39:43

I totally agree, the lack of the word 'parent' always bugs me. And plucking random numbers from nowhere and printing it with no evidence of where those figures came from is also ridiculous.
It also annoys me when people state 'women' do this or 'men' do this, I think you'll find that 'people' would be more accurate as it's not always their sex which makes them behave a certain way, people are different!!
Rant over and breathe wink

CurlyBlueberry Thu 28-Apr-16 15:42:16

I saw this last week shared in a private Facebook group and wrote almost exactly the same as you in response! It particularly winds me up because it's as if the author (who could be male or female) wants to appear "female-friendly"/"feminist" but has completely missed the glaring, sexist background assumption that childcare costs are borne solely by the woman.

MarthaCliffYouCunt Thu 28-Apr-16 15:44:14

Yes ive seen it a couple of times too. On one occasion i posted under it "good thing kids have two parents then" (got no response). Its a bollocks 'fact'. It has no meaning.

MorrisZapp Thu 28-Apr-16 15:45:00

I saw that on fb and made a long comment about sexism.

MarthaCliffYouCunt Thu 28-Apr-16 15:46:34

It also implies that travel costs and pension contributions are a result of being a parent rather than a cost of working. They would exist whether the person had kids or not. Like i said, its bollocks.

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