Gloria Steinem’s birthday was last week. I’m afraid that I missed it. How about you?
In case you don’t know who Gloria Steinem is, she’s a liberal feminist who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year (the highest honor that the U.S. bestows on civilians). Freedom for what, you might ask? Well, I’m not sure, considering that she’s a champion for abortion. Seems a tad oxymoronical (did I just say “moronical”?!) to be for womens’ “rights” but to ignore the rights of all of the unborn women in the process.
Anyway, Steinam said this about me: “[Housewives] are dependent creatures who are still children…parasites.”
Okay, well, I wasn’t yet born when she said that, but I still find it quite offensive and degrading, even today. And this is the woman who was awarded a PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL….BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
I will admit that I’m pretty dependent on my husband’s income, and I’m very thankful that he’s a wonderful provider for our family, but there are two sides to the story. On the one hand, he has much more earning potential than I do, and he wants to work outside the home. On the other hand, he affirms that I’m much better suited to the day to day duties of childrearing, cooking, and caring for our home (as are most women).
I love having the freedom (that is what Steinem championed, right?) to raise my children myself, to educate them, to stretch our dollars by extensive couponing, to write a book, to volunteer for our church, to handle our family’s finances, to feed us and clothe us, to care for our home, and generally to “be there” for my family.
Here’s a lovely quote by sociologist Jessie Bernard in 1982: “[The] housewife is a nobody, and [housework] is a dead-end job. It may really have a deteriorating effect on her mind…rendering her incapable of prolonged concentration on any single task. [She] comes to seem dumb as well as dull. [B]eing a housewife makes women sick.”
Wowzers. Dumb and dull? Parasite? I am really taken aback that people would not only think such nonsense but would actually speak or write it for others to read and hear, and there are MANY more such quotes out there, as you can imagine.
Unless these champions of feminism want children to be raised by robots in group homes or something (which they might), whom do they really expect to perform all of the grueling, rewarding, exhausting, joy-filled, wearisome, enriching, draining, worthwhile, tiring, blessed tasks of motherhood and homemaking? Doesn’t it make sense that mothers would raise their own children? Or is that too logical? Of course, many of them think that the earth is overpopulated and that we shouldn’t be having children, anyway.
I shared my thoughts about my role as homemaker and mom recently, and I really don’t have to justify myself to anyone except the Lord. To be quite frank, I think He’s pretty pleased with homemakers and moms.
After all, this is what He had to say about us many years ago:“A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life….. She is clothed with strength and dignity, she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her…. Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:10-12, 25-28, 30)
We’re doing well, ladies. Don’t let the world discourage you because you’re not “productive.” We’re producing the most valuable commodity ever: little disciples of Christ!