Posted By Jennie Chancey on May 13, 2012
On this day when we celebrate moms, it’s amazing there are women in the world who think motherhood is denigrating and without real worth:
Simone De Beauvoir famously said that being a full-time mother should be illegal because too many women would enjoy it. Badinter does not advocate criminalizing motherhood. She just wants to keep it heavily stigmatized. Motherhood, when it is trumpeted as something fulfilling and pleasurable, gives the cause a bad name.
To modern mothers, Badinter hurls the accusation of betrayal. The enemy is no longer only men; it is other women. They have set up an impossible ideal of close, all-natural mothering.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines status as the “relative social standing or professional position.” It is one of those buzzwords in the feminist phrase book. To a feminist there is no such thing as status that is not accompanied by professional success, or at least economic independence. Badinter believes women must collectively march toward universal “status.”
Read the full piece at The Thinking Housewife.
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