Today’s Writing Prompt: Write About Conservatorships: Who Needs Them, When, And Why 

A conservatorship is a legal mechanism set up for people who are unable to manage their affairs. But for whom are they intended? How long should they last? And when does a conservatorship start to sincerely infringe on a person’s personal and legal rights? Today, write about who would need a conservatorship, when, and why. 

Inspiration For Today’s Writing Prompt

The #FreeBritney movement has been all over prominent media outlets for months now and revolves around Britney Spears’ current conservatorship battle. And it has called into question the nature of conservatorships, who they’re intended for, and when they begin to overreach their intended purpose.   

Be sure to read more about Spears’ conservatorship battle, and what led her to say:

“I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough. I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. There are thousands of abusive conservatorships.”

Britney Spears

And consider the following questions:

  • Do you think a conservatorship like Britney’s would have been mandated for a man in a situation similar to hers? Would he have been forced to have a vasectomy, for example, as she was forced to have an IUD implanted in her uterus? Why or why not? 
  • What personal liberties are being called into question when a conservatorship is mandated? 
  • Are certain individuals more likely than others to fall under a conservatorship? Why? Is this due to discrimination? 
  • Who needs a conservatorship? When? For how long? Why? 

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