Picturing Hunger in America

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Picturing Hunger in America
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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 9:08am

Warning: these images may shatter your firmly-formed stereotypical ideas about those who struggle in America.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/breaking-stereotypes-women-use-cameras-aim-at-hunger/

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Registered: 12-22-2013
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 9:29am

I agree that things can and do happen in life, these type of stories have big holes in them and many questions can be raised. Why couldnt the husband work? How did she have money to open her own business if she was not working and didnt even have enough money for food? Why couldnt that other woman get some job to support herself? Seems she was single, unless they left out a lot in that story too.

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 9:41am

It was made clear in the doctor's story that the husband was taking care of the children while she was recuperating from her stroke. 

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 10:23am

But why would you go posting something depressing like that. We need to be positive and uplifting. Pepe talks are what get people out of poverty, and pictures like that are not helpful. It is like those upsetting pictures of people with no boobies. Tongue Out

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Registered: 12-22-2013
Sat, 02-22-2014 - 10:54am

    It was made clear in the doctor's story that the husband was taking care of the children while she was recuperating from her stroke. 

    Yes and he was a SAHP before that. I am sure if they were in such dire straights, he could have picked up something while still taking care of her. Again, with stories like this, you never hear the whole story so it all turns into assumptions.

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    Registered: 05-31-2011
    Sat, 02-22-2014 - 11:14am

    I imagine that a person recovering from a series of strokes--even a young person--needs care also. It would take a fairly high income to overcome the cost of childcare for multiple young children and home nursing.

    The piece was meant to expose a different perspective about financial difficulty. I see that you've gained absolutely nothing from it. Not really surprised. 

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    Registered: 12-22-2013
    Sat, 02-22-2014 - 11:16am

      I imagine that a person recovering from a series of strokes--even a young person--needs care also. It would take a fairly high income to overcome the cost of childcare for multiple young children and home nursing.

      The piece was meant to expose a different perspective about financial difficulty. I see that you've gained absolutely nothing from it. Not really surprised. 

      Again, I did say I know thing happen in life. Did you read others comments? I am not the only one who felt the same way.

      iVillage Member
      Registered: 05-31-2011
      Sat, 02-22-2014 - 11:27am

      I'm curious, would your husband be able to carry the financial weight of the household, plus child care, plus home health care, on his own? Because mine couldn't, and I'd be willing to wager that many SAHMs would face a similar issue.

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      Registered: 08-22-2009
      Sat, 02-22-2014 - 12:52pm

      I really do not need to know the full story of why someone needs help in feeding themselves or their faimly.   The reason that food based charities have always been near the top of my donations is that I have never had to go hungry because of lack of food nor have my children and I could not imagine the sadness of not being able to feed my children.   One of the things I like best about the places that I donate is that they do not require proof of need because I know from prior experience in running a food bank that too much "red tape" can deter people who need help from seeking it.  I would much rather have some of my money go to some that are "playing" the system  than have people that do need help not seek it because of fear of being judged by others. 

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      Registered: 12-22-2013
      Sat, 02-22-2014 - 12:55pm

        I'm curious, would your husband be able to carry the financial weight of the household, plus child care, plus home health care, on his own? Because mine couldn't, and I'd be willing to wager that many SAHMs would face a similar issue.

        It would have helped as they had money in the bank that they used to pay the bills. 

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        Registered: 12-22-2013
        Sat, 02-22-2014 - 12:56pm

          I'm curious, would your husband be able to carry the financial weight of the household, plus child care, plus home health care, on his own? Because mine couldn't, and I'd be willing to wager that many SAHMs would face a similar issue.

          It would have helped as they had money in the bank that they used to pay the bills. 

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