Posted By Jennie Chancey on April 28, 2012
I realize we’re well past the Rosen “stay-at-home moms-don’t-work” kerfuffle (rainy season in Kenya means lots of power and Internet outages!), but there are several good commentaries I wanted to share. I’m still working on a long article about the whole false “work vs. family” debate. As anybody grounded in reality knows, all moms work. What Rosen’s remarks illustrated was the fact that feminists have co-opted the word “work” to mean “any career for any institution other than one’s own family.” Work done in and from the home doesn’t count in this worldview, so we shouldn’t be surprised when it is dismissed out of hand. Here are some of the better commentaries that came through my newsfeed over the past ten days:
- Feminists Are Waging War On Family Finances ~ As tax burdens escalate, it becomes increasingly challenging to cope on one income. Why discourage stay-at-home mothers by raising taxes to finance social engineering? Why dilute the economic benefits from tending the hearth through subsidizing daycare? Government deliberately skews the scale.
- The Real War Against Women Is Being Waged By Feminists ~ Rosen’s gaffe was no mistake; it is what the feminists really think about any mother who would say, as Ann Romney said, “My career choice was to be a mother.” The big mama of feminism who is revered in college women’s studies courses, Simone de Beauvoir, famously said: “No woman should be authorized to stay at home and raise her children. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.” That’s what feminists think. The strident voices that demand “choice” do not believe women should have the choice to be a homemaker rather than work a paid job in the labor force.
- Dirty Little Secret: More Women Want to Stay Home to Raise Kids ~ For decades now, feminists have argued that stay-at-home moms were the equivalent of plantation slaves. Or they were sellouts – Betty Crockers who drank The Stepford Wives’ Kool Aid. A “real” woman wanted a professional career, just like a man.
- About feminism and moms: It’s worse than you think ~ It should surprise no one that a self-appointed advocate for women (as if their opinions and interests were monolithic) should dismiss stay-at-home moms so casually and even coldly. It has been a major tenet of the feminist movement that women who raise their children rather than enter the workplace are precisely the problem.