Skip to comments.Feminist Says Child Rearing not Worthy of Time and Talents of Intelligent Humans
Posted on 06/20/2006 3:34:11 PM PDT by wagglebee
NEW YORK, June 20, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) 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.
Hirshman a committed radical, was a member in the 1970s of the feminist lobby, the National Organization for Women (NOW), a donor to the pro-abortion political organization, EMILYs List, and a professor of womens studies.
But, she complains, the movement has stalled; while the public world has changed private lives have hardly budged. Childrearing is still seen by both men and women to be the natural purview of women. She writes of her shock to discover that among those professional women whom she called the logical heirs of feminism, large numbers were leaving their careers to opt for childrearing.
Marriage is essentially unchanged, she laments. The real glass ceiling is at home Looking back, it seems obvious that the unreconstructed family was destined to re-emerge after the passage of feminisms storm of social change.
She writes, this represents not a loss of present value but a loss of hope for the future -- a loss of hope that the role of women in society will continue to increase.
Some of the women she interviewed confirmed her worst fears: they liked being mothers. One declined to be interviewed because she could not leave her activities with her daughters: Were all in here making fresh apple pie, she said.
Another, an an Ivy Leaguer with a masters degree described her at-home activities: I take my [3-year-old] daughter to all the major museums. We go to little movement classes.
The article ignited a blaze of online outrage from feminists and traditionalists alike. Bloggers and editorials in print and online editions of a number of magazines have run comments blasting Hirshman.
In an op-ed at the online edition of the political magazine, the Huffington Post, Ann Coulter wrote that Hirshman and those who think like her, are expressing an intolerant world view that women who don't work are losers.
Hirshman isn't just expressing an opinion about what she thinks is best, she is saying that any woman who makes a choice different from what she espouses is unequivocally wrong.
Coulter writes that feminism is losing its sway in public because it focuses on problems that hardly exist while spending precious little energy on issues that indisputably have a negative impact on women: pornography, sex trafficking.
If [feminists] spent a fraction of the time on these issues that they spend trying to get women to get their men to vacuum the living room, the world would be a better place.
"Hirshman is an attorney and a Ph.D. in Philosphy ..."
And probably a very lonely and bitter old hag.
These people really are kinda goofy, aren't they. They prove my point about atheism though. There are very few of them in the world, but you can spot them by their world view. A true MALE atheist would be more like the lead character in Natural Born Killers. It looks like the female equivalent would be a rabid feminist.
They do not require a great intellect, they are not honored and they do not involve risks and the rewards that risk brings."
I thought she was talking about college professors!!
What a sad, pathetic, empty, hateful soul this woman has. Imagine, some women like being mothers - the horror!
Is it too late for her mom to abort her?
I'm glad that the cat is out of the bag. Now everybody should know that the goal of feminism was never equality. There's actually a politician (I think in Sweden) who wants women to chose to stay at home and raise kids to reimburse the state for their education (because they're "wasting" it raising their kids)! She basically wants to take away women's "choice" and force them to be in the work force whether they like it or not! How fascist!
Which explains why women are better suited for it.
Feminist=Ugly girl with bad attitude who couldn't get a date
"She writes, this represents not a loss of present value but a loss of hope for the future -- a loss of hope that the role of women in society will continue to increase. "
What a fifth-rate thinker! I suppose the wholesale slaughter of 45,000,000 humans in-utero with endless possibilities and potentialities to bring peace, cure disease, end hunger, write poetry, design art, paint, draw, create new modes and sounds in music, playwrights, scientists, teachers and CEO's all gone in womens' pique of selfish mindlessness.
There is no future without children and children need to be reared in homes with bright, educated, inquisitive mothers.
so she wants her children to be raised by sub par dummies? If a mom is too intelligent for it then 2nd best is better? Jeez.
Wow, is she going to die lonely and bitter.
Feminism was dealt a mortal blow when it left Paula, Jennifer and Monica to twist in the wind.
It showed its true colors as a power movement that couldn't care less about the problems of women.
Bless her heart. She can't help it, her momma didn't teach her any better.
or give her attractive genes...
She writes this stuff to get a "rise" out of folks...
Apparently, it works...
A mother with her priorities straight.
"This dame sounds like she'd be fun at parties."
I would like to take her shark fishing!!!