The Sans’ Burden

We gathered in the conference room to listen to HR give a presentation on the changes to the health insurance plan.

“This is a result of the Affordable Care Act. A family plan will never exceed two times  the cost of a single person’s plan.”

Hmph. I smirk and steal a glance at the guy who has three kids. Nice subsidy.

Yes, I feel like a jerk when I think like that. But still. I pay for everything on a single woman’s income (more on that shortly)–all living expenses, savings, retirement, insurance, taxes, oh did I mention taxes? No child tax credit, no dependent care credit, oh and no tax breaks for home ownership. Look at all the tax breaks you don’t get because society doesn’t care for the childless single woman.

Women still trail men in income. In fact, women outlive men, so really we should be making more if anything. Gender bias, where men are perceived as primary breadwinners, works like this. I once witnessed a decisionmaker fiddle with compensation numbers, where he initially lowered but then increased the salary of an employee everyone knows is incompetent. “Well, he is a dad. That would have been too little.” Mr. Incompetent’s wife works, too, and I’m sure her boss is not upping her pay because she’s a mother.

But enough with the gripes. It’s my fault I pay full taxes for not having kids, a suburban home, a husband and a dog. Since I’ve failed society by failing to breed and breastfeed, the least I can do is let the employer and government milk me dry.

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