It Takes Two: A Modest Proposal for Holding Fathers Equally Accountable

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It Takes Two: A Modest Proposal for Holding Fathers Equally Accountable

It takes two human beings to create and bring a new life into this world. Katha Pollitt does a

good job at expressing and arguing why it is not the responsibility of the mother to take care of

and raise the child on her own; it requires two people to bring the baby into this world.

Therefore, it will take two to raise and care for the baby as well. Not one individual should

have to raise, take care of, and care for a baby on his or her own. By taking part in an act such

as sex, the couple must realize the duties and responsibilities that they will have to acquire

when the woman becomes pregnant. Throughout the whole story Pollitt shows many hasty

generalizations and slippery slope fallacies. The start of my argument shows the fallacy of many


Why do men abandon women as soon as they become pregnant, leaving women to have a baby out of

wedlock? There are many reasons why men leave women who become pregnant. These reasons include:

men want the women to have an abortion and the women do not want to or will not agree to have one,

they are scared, raising a child costs a lot of money, and the baby was an accident. Wherever the

excuse lies, it is all due to lack of responsibility. The man in this situation is not realizing

the risk of having sex and the consequence of having a baby.

Some men want women to have an abortion that get pregnant. This is down right selfish and

inconsiderate. These types of men are just thinking of themselves rather than the innocent baby

that was created in the process. The baby was not...