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.
My university-employed friend who spends more time going to conferences than being with her 2 year-old daughter tells me she doesn't know how I do it...meaning, staying home with my children. She can't handle it; it's too exhausting!
Because she's a writer and people read it.
i wonder if this cu*t even had a mother or father.
This feminazi is proof 'intelligence' and 'stupidity' are not mutually exclusive.
"More children from the fit, less from the unfitthat is the chief aim of birth control.":Margaret Sanger. May, 1919.
There won't be any humans, intelligent or otherwise, if this woman's view becomes widespread...
world would have been different if women throughout time had felt that way.
Takes more intellect to run a family well than it does to be a college instructor. I know this from first hand experience...
Obviously neither of her parents felt she was worth the time and effort. She has some real issues. Idiot.
I thought the most important and most formative years were a childs first 5 or so years.
Imagine if every child had a good personal teacher (stay at home mom) for the first 5 or 10 years of their life how much better society and individuals could be for all of us.
Goes with the belief that women who stay home with their children do so because they are incapable of doing anything else. God forbid any woman would CHOOSE this life! /sarc
Is there an Email address for this uglydikebitchfreak?
My wife did not work for 14 years while we homeschooled our daughter. No amount of money could buy a teacher/mother like her. And no feminist could have raised such an exceptional person as my daughter is. And, for the record, there ain't a feminist out there that my wife couldn't run circles around intellectually or otherwise.
If it is, you can bet she can only discuss family issues and childrearing in a theoretical sense.
If only all the feminazis would put their money where their mouth is and get their tubes tied as soon as possible...
I already had my bone fides before I stayed home.
Family is what the past passes down to the future. When the selfishness says don't do it, the future dies a premature birth.
On News/Activism 03/09/2006 11:58:52 PM EST · 44 replies · 975+ views
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 3/9/06
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More news from the orgasm free zone.
I an mot a real eloquent guy but; when I look at my beautiful grand daughter I remind myself that she represents all that has ever been and all that ever will be.
That is exactly why it is important for groups like the NEA to get control of public school content.
If you don't breed them yourselves, you need to get your claws into other people's children somehow.
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.......The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.......Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.....She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness......Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.......Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all......Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
These "feminists" weary me with their blather. There is much joy and satisfaction...fulfilling of self, to be had in caring for husband and raising healthy, respectful, children. A truly "intelligent" woman knows this. I really feel sorry for any children these woman produce. It sure has become a topsy turvy world.
Wasn't she in The Buggles?
If my dog looked like this broad I'd shave her a*s and teach her how to walk backwards.
Please.....let me be the first to slap you for that comment!
Children are only young for a short period of time. I have the rest of my life to go "back to work" and/or get another degree. I "find myself" on a daily basis when I'm with my boys!
(Here is a little something you must have missed in Rhetoric 101: When saying something deliberately outrageous, it needs to be redeemed by some kernel of truth, some wicked piercing of conventional wisdom, something expecially funny and forbidden...it needs to be redeemed by SOMETHING. The fact that something is obnoxious is not, in itself, a reason to say it.)
Too bad her mother didn't take this advice.
Alouette: proud mother of NINE and grandmother of FIFTEEN!
as opposed to..... who should be having them?
Today's skewed version of the "feminist" would fit that perfectly. However, I consider myself a "true" feminist in that I actively support a woman's right to life, I'm against the sexual degradation of women through pornography, the sexual abuse of women through prostitution and the sexual servitude of women through sexual slavery. I actively encourage women to take joy in the physical, emotional and mental differences we have with men. I don't begrudge men when they are stronger than me because I am confident in who I am as a woman and peaceful in the knowledge of my own strength. I think raising a child is the highest calling in life, for either men or women, but God has blessed women by giving them the greatest role in raising a child.
The usual elitist garbage. Probably would like a setup like in Brave New World where all the children are conceived outside of the womb, born in artificial wombs, and raised in age ranked creches....
Feminist Says Child Rearing not Worthy of Time and Talents of Intelligent Humans
But no doubt it is perfect work for any man.
That is what she really means.
I'll give you odds that she is a lezzie.
Are you sure you're a Jew and not a Catholic?! :-)
Alouette: having the babies other Jews don't want to have, since 1972
Well, if they were boys you sure did keep the Rabbi busy!
Actually she's happily married and the mother of three grown daughters.
Or simply lesbianism.
Hmmm. Well, she chose to get married, have children, and go back to work. My guess is that you think your choices are the right ones and hers are the wrong ones.
There is one thing no one mentioned. What do the children say. The kids in their 20 and early 30s were the first on a large scale to be raised by parents who both worked and dropped the kids in daycare. I bet the kids didn't like it and have vowed to never do this do their children.
I met one guy at work who didn't have nice things to say about his parents dropping him off at daycare during his youth.
I don't want 'em raising kids anyway!