Single mothers: Who should be ashamed?
Most of us know the story of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Found guilty of adultery, she is forced not only to stand public penance on a scaffold for three hours, but must also illustrate her shame by wearing a red letter “A” on her clothing for the rest of her life.
From our vantage point of almost 400 years, this story seems almost quaint. An illustration of how far we’ve come when it comes to women’s rights. At worst, it’s a fable about the dangers of Puritan legalism.