In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
I sometimes wondered if I were the only 40-something woman in the US to have rejected the feminist agenda and have my eyes opened by experience and fact. Patrice, your series is a balm. I'll keep reading. Jennifer
I don't dwell on it and I rarely speak of it, but my most painful memories as a parent are those of having to leave my little girl with babysitters and daycare centers because I had to work.It was awful.I had no choice, because I was divorced and had no financial support or family to help. Life was very hard for us. By God's Grace my beautiful little girl grew up to be a hard working and self reliant woman, but the scars are there. In my view, forcing mothers out of the home and into the workforce was the beginning of the end of American culture. The 'Feminist Movement' that convinced them it was a good idea is responsible for more suffering and decay than most of its hapless and willing victims will ever realize. If a woman chooses to pursue a career that's fine, but as you pointed out, Patrice, many many many mothers know their place is at home with their children and would much rather fulfill their role as mothers if given the choice.A.McSp
Another excellent segment of your analysis of the feminist movement, Patrice. While I was reading it, I kept thinking of Gloria Allred. She represents the feminist movement. Nuff said.Anonymous PatriotUSA
A good post I was rather dismayed that you promoted the "bad Ol Days" myth feminist like to spew out. I have serious issues with the women were oppressed way back when myth. Men and Women of any given class were oppressed or not at pretty much the same time periods and geographic regions. Also any form of oppression towards historic females was usually balanced by a much more burdensome responsibility on the males part.The feminist mantra is so deeply ingrained in our society even those who oppose it cannot help but promote their myths... Very sad.
I'm old enough to remember when most Moms stayed home, and young enough to experience Moms who worked outside the home. Both had problems with other women whether they were in the same "groups" or not - there's a large number of women out there who can't get associate with other women (OR men either) in a friendly/equal manner. I have no ideas on how this came about, or how to change it, but it's there none the less - for some reason these women have to be battling against someone somewhere for some strange reason. Inferiority complexes, needs for attention, jealousy, competitiveness, whatever it is that's going on, it has happened to often and contributed to the "b" word being bestowed on women in general. It makes me wonder if it's ever possible to be able to get along with other women in any setting. I hate to think it's in our genetic nature to be "b", but I wonder sometimes.So, I hesitate to pin this attitude ENTIRELY on Feminists. I've seen (and experienced) other stay at home Moms get just as snipe-y with someone in the same situation. And both types go after the opposite just as often as each other. Men don't seem to do this to other men, and if it does happen they seem to resolve it and move on better than we do, too. Get a group of them together, of either type, and it's a guarantee something will blow up somewhere. And I would think that being emotional nurturers it would be the other way around.
Making a home is the best thing that a woman can do with her time. I have to work outside of the home along with my husband to make it day to day. My husband and I bust our humps to arrange schedules to avoid babysitting outside of our home. It's hard... so what ... we chose this and we love it. I thank God that He provides.I have a friend that is a SAHM and the other day she told me that she was planning to have another child (#2 for her #4 for the family) and she went on to state that she would have to go onto Medicare to provide for this. The more days that go by the angrier I get, what makes anyone think that they have a right to the stuff that someone else works for. I enjoy giving to charity, the government isn't charity, it is theft and redistribution at the point of a gun. A.Jones
Patrice, You wrote:I don’t care what they say, a 115-lb female firefighter can’t carry an unconscious 200-lb man out of a burning building.I couldn't agree more! As someone who has a fire-fighting brother, this has ALWAYS been a concern for me. If the physical standards were exactly the same for females and males, then those females who passed the physical test would BE able to carry my brother out of a fire. And now, as the wife of a soldier, I worry about my husband. If he's injured in the line of duty, would a female soldier would be able to pull him to safety? Again, the same physical standards are not upheld for men and women, so it is doubtful :( So much for equality. In both cases, the MEN would be experiencing the inequality of rescue chances. KatieJGermany
Excellent series. Totally agree. My mother is a SAHM who has had a lot more interesting and fulfilling experiences in her life because of her children as opposed to leaving them to do the same job each day. If we are supposed to support choice, why is it our traditional choices are considered low? I believe secular feminism is carried out on emotional reason as opposed to logical facts.