Ramblings of a New York Law Professor

New York Family Law / Edition 3 by Sara P. Schechter

Ok people,

I can’t say if I’m pro-choice or pro-life,

women’s rights and reproductive health

and don’t wanna risk all of you

getting sensitive on me–

but ladies, one word of advice:

if he’s a deadbeat or a douchebag,

and you don’t want to spend the rest of your life

dealing with him and a kid who’s gonna be heartbroken

and have daddy issues and mommy issues

and separation anxiety and abandonment issues

and tissues and hours of therapy you can’t afford–

No matter how cute he is or how drunk you are,


Thank you. Class dismissed.

Have a safe weekend.

© Alicia Khoo

NaPoWriMo Day 13

*Numerous expletives have been censored for coherence sake


20 thoughts on “Ramblings of a New York Law Professor

    • Hahaha! So true right?! I’m sorry if I offend any feminists out there, I’m all for women’s rights, but seriously we should consider who ends up as the father of our kid(s)!

      • At the end of the day its what it boils down to feminist or not. The father may disappear or want to be involved. Just make sure it is someone YOU want to be involved with for the rest of your/your child’s life. Choose your sexual partners VERY wisely or take the pill and wear 3 condoms. No make that 5!!

  1. We have freedom of thought, of course. Many societies extend that to speech, individually…
    often at hazard. What to do, separately, when religious thought cozies up to law?
    Who is free?

    • Thanks for the comment…I would say firstly we have to define, “free.” Secondly, law implies morality with regards to humanity, and morality implies a moral code (right or wrong, good or evil), some say it logically follows that there is a moral law-giver, therein springs forth the fountain of “religious thought.” Philosophy and “religious” thought alike have been the foundation of our current code of laws in western civilization (and “religious thought” is also a form of philosophy, or the other way round, whichever way we believe it to be.) So your question of “who is free?” might have been rhetorical, however I also think it is an interesting topic to open up for discussion. 🙂

      • I don’t disagree with what you said right there Aliciakhoo. I would like to add a bit to it. To paraphrase John Stuart Mill from his book “On Liberty” most laws are merely the likes and dislikes of the elite. I think the likes and dislikes of the elite “trickle down” through religion since most religions are largely forms of social control. That of course is a bit of an oversimplification. Most religions were based on the wise words of selfless people who tried to help us be better people that were subsequently hijacked for political purposes by the elite. One example is when Christianity was hijacked by the Roman empire and made the state religion with the input of Emperor Constantine. The result is a mix of wise words and social control. Philosophy could perhaps be broken down in the same way but I don’t want to take away from what concision (if any) there is in this reply. Thanks for being awake and dangerous!

  2. I love your unusual beat in this flow…
    and you allow others to take something from your descriptive tale. Loving it.

  3. Well put, thanks for sharing that. Whatever side of the issue people are on, pretty sure that everybody would be happier to avoid the bad decisions in the first place than have to deal with them painfully (one way or another) later.

  4. Maybe Asian culture’s emphasis on female chastity and purity is there for a reason, yathink? However, to spin off on this, I keep trying to date Asian women (because well, I adore them), and many of them tell me they will only date Asian men.

    The poem was very psychological and it makes me wonder children from single parents are more likely to have abandonment issues? I’ve never really thought of that correlation, but I guess it does make sense no some primal level.

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