Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Also, don't like being a mother or you're a bad person

NEW YORK, June 20, 2006 ( – Linda Hirshman, a feminist US writer on cultural issues, has told the world why she thinks staying at home with the children is an occupation “not worthy of the full time and talents of intelligent and educated human beings.” She complains at length that the feminist movement, while making some gains in public life through legal activism, has largely failed in the one area where it counts most: the family.

She upbraids women who stay at home for failing the feminist agenda, saying, “They do not require a great intellect, they are not honored and they do not involve risks and the rewards that risk brings.”

Writing in the November 2005 edition of the American Prospect, Hirshman admitted that the real intention of the feminist movement was not “equality”, but to destroy what she calls “the unreconstructed family” of a husband and wife rearing children. She writes that the goal was to see as many women as possible abandoning family life for high-level professions and politics.

So what do we go to? Wet nurses? Someone has to raise kids, you can't get around that. Besides she's also classist, why are "high-level" professions the only ones worth while? What about carpenter? Or is that a man's job? I don't get it.

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