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Feminism. Has it wrought us any good?

9 July, 2009

Feminism abolished the laws that treated a woman like a piece of property. That is a good thing.

Could these two things have been achieved without feminism? Absolutely!

Feminism allowed virtually free access to contraception within the Western World. This is a very bad thing. It has changed our culture significantly. No longer are children seen as the natural part of a marriage (as they should be) but as an optional accessory. We more readily take on debt (that God says is bondage) and are hesitant to have more children (which God calls a blessing). We destroy women’s bodies with a cocktail of synthetic hormones and chemicals. We postpone pregnancy until its almost too late, and then require invasive medical interventions to conceive and carry the baby to term, and have a tremendous risk of having a baby with a disability (and not having had children before this point increases the risk of having a child with a disability in the final years of your fertility).

Feminism not only told women that they could do anything and everything, it told them they were expected to do EVERYTHING. It is now the norm to be a working mother, usually becoming full time when the youngest child begins school, if not well before that.

Feminism tells women that caring for babies and children is so menial and below their intelligence that it should be done by those incapable of doing anything else.

To quote Linda Hirshman, outspoken leader in the modern feminist movement :
“these daughters of the upper classes will be bearing most of the burden of the work always associated with the lowest caste: sweeping and cleaning bodily waste.”
From Homeward Bound.

When women opt out (of a career), and make what they call in preemptive language a “personal choice,” they’re doing harm to two interests I have. One is they’re doing harm to themselves, and insofar that they are human beings, as a political philosopher, I’m interested in every one of them. Secondly, they’re doing harm to others. Opting out makes women dependent, it hurts other ambitious women, and it doesn’t use their full capacities. I want to have a social conversation about it.
From AlterNet.

FARABEE: What about those who say raising children is the most important job a person can do?

HIRSHMAN: I have no idea what they mean by that. If, in fact, it were the most important thing a human being could do, then why are no men doing it? They’d rather make war, make foreign policy, invent nuclear weapons, decode DNA, paint The Last Supper, put the dome on St. Peter’s Cathedral; they’d prefer to do all those things that are much less important than raising babies?

I love these sayings, because they’re so stupid. I’ll tell you what I think is actually going on: People think that women’s lives aren’t important enough to merit a real analysis. We get aphorisms in place of analysis. Why do we say stuff like that instead of actually trying to figure out what’s going on here when it’s women whose lives are at stake? If you can make an argument for why childrearing — especially in the context that they are at school from the age of around five on for most of their waking hours — why that is the most important job, I’d like to hear that.

I said that the tasks of housekeeping and child rearing were not worthy of the full time and talents of intelligent and educated human beings. They do not require a great intellect, they are not honored and they do not involve risks and the rewards that risk brings.
From The Washington Post.

There’s just a taste LOL!

Feminism allowed women to be educated to the highest levels. Some may say this is a good thing. I’m the benefit of this, having received a Bachelors degree (LOL gotta laugh at that name). However, is all this a good thing? Like Jess said, women in the workforce eliminate the number of available positions for men in the workforce. Due to gender equality laws we can’t fire a woman at work, because she is a woman and her husband has a well paying full time job to support his family. The companies then are more likely to fire a hard working man who is the sole breadwinner for his family, leaving a family without an income. In the Depression, men who had no family to support were “let go” first, allowing the men with families to support to work for longer. Many women have achieved greatness in their chosen fields and have made great discoveries. However, why couldn’t a man have done those things also?

Feminism allowed women the right to vote. Great. Has anything changed? Not one bit. Government is still as corrupt and anti-family as it was 200 years ago.

What benefits has feminism really won us? Increased mother-guilt. Lower actual wages due to the glut of willing employees, especially at the lower end of the market. Men (and women) are now forced to seek higher and higher levels of education to simply hold their ground in their jobs, in competition with all the others out there who would gladly take their position. Having a husband who is studying part time at uni and working full time (and having had my father do the same thing) I know the tremendous strain it places on a family.

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