Are you saying the US is NOT a developed country? Have you polled people in those 42 other countries?
No one said a woman gets an extra 8 weeks just because her ankles swelled! You are twisting my words. It makes sense that a person who went through something that requires healing would get more time off than someone who being granted time to bond. If you don't understand that point, I give up!
Everyone knows the US is on the list of developed countries... that's not even an argument.
I still don't get why a woman deserves an extra 8 week period in addition to the 8 week period she allegedly required to recover... was she not being a mother while she was recovering? I had a c-section and it didn't even take me 8 weeks to recover. By 8 weeks I couldn't even tell anything happened to me... I was also at home by myself with my son after two days.
Women are tanks, we don't need an extra 8 weeks if the argument is that we deserve it because pregnancy is rough... we shouldn't feel entitled to special treatment because of it. Just because we went through hell, doesn't make men any less important as parents. To be honest, if I had the choice of being pregnant or watching someone be pregnant, I'd pick being pregnant. I hated my pregnancy and couldn't wait until it was over, but having to watch someone go through that and being expected to be supportive and empathetic is probably more emotionally taxing, so we can't exactly pretend that men get off scott-free.
I won't lie, I'm a mom too, if someone wants to give me special benefits, I'll take anything I can get, but I wouldn't feel right about it that someone else doesn't get the same benefits just because of their gender.