Monday, March 14, 2011

Ah, motherhood

Read this lately.

I don't know that this so-called "opt-out revolution" is necessarily a bad thing. I'd argue that if women are actually consciously choosing motherhood over a career after having the opportunity to explore all their options, by all means let them! Don't you think it's sufficient that women can do anything they want, but chose to sacrifice anyway for their children? Have we really failed the feminist movement? Assuming that women should ascribe to a certain role in society as defined by others sounds oddly familiar... If anything, a major success of the feminist movement was to enable women to become whatever they wanted, and choosing motherhood should not be regarded as a failure.

There's a lot more to the article though. The author goes on later to talk about how she thinks a large part of it might be that women quit out of job dissatisfaction rather than as an altruistic desire to care for their families. Interesting, and not too surprising either.

What think ye?


  1. I like this post. And I agree with you.

  2. Women of the world are finally figuring out that they have been lied to; women and men are different and have different God-given natures and roles. There is nothing more empowering than being a co-creator with God and a husband to bring another life into this world! Giving birth is fantastic! As for "running the world" we would do well to remember that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Women should be well educated--how else could we answer the gazillions of questions that toddlers and young children ask. Running a household takes much more energy and brain power than a "job". Mostly because it is a 24/7 proposition with no days off, and few paydays for the first 18 - 20 years. But when those first children reach adulthood and begin to thank Mom for all she taught them and did for them to prepare them for life in the 'big, bad world' the paydays are worth all the sacrifice, time, and energy she put into the raising of the children assigned to her stewardship. Believe me, having and raising children is a young people's sport. A career in the world can come later, when you are a seasoned mature woman. Also, large families are a blessing in many ways. My mother is one of fifteen and can tell about those blessings. I have regreted that I wasn't able to marry until 30, but I had as many children as I was able to before I reached 40. If I had had more faith I'd have at least two more children. Motherhood is THE BEST CAREER choice in this world and to prepare for life in the next.