This piece of satire hits just a little too close to the mark.
March 8 is International Women’s Day and that means that there are going to be a lot of posts on social media about the accomplishments of women, and that’s great! There is no doubt that women have made some amazing contributions to our modern world and we are all better for it.
That said, there are some of us — mostly on the conservative side of the political spectrum — that have said that there is also something that is lost when there is a push for women to measure their success in life using male standards.
A skit by a Brit female comedy trio about the plights of modern working women that is intended to mock and insult conservatives that long for the “good old days” has some unintentional truths in there.
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) March 8, 2021
Yes, they do indeed use an insulting slur to label people that believe that it’s not awful for feminism if some women choose to be homemakers. They do say that wanting the “good old days” back is a step backwards for women and reduce marriage to an exchange of money for infrequent sex, which is totally ridiculous.
But, they also hit on some relevant points — courtship looks different, take-out and frozen meals are commonplace, and trying to climb the corporate ladder requires hours of overtime and is exhausting.
Working mothers, in particular, have long been a point of contention between the average woman and feminists that insist that women must conform to their expectations of what a woman should be. French feminist icon Simone de Beauvoir famously said in 1976, “No woman should be authorized to stay home to raise her children. Women should not have that choice, because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.”
Don’t give women choice — they’ll choose wrong.
A few years ago, there was a suggestion in Australia that it should be illegal to be a stay-at-home mother.
Can women choose to have a career and excel at it while having a family? Absolutely! But that’s not for everyone. Frankly, the majority of working women aren’t at those levels of success. For so many mothers who have jobs, it often means hiring another woman to care for their children, whether that’s a nanny or a daycare. And for what, exactly? Middle-level management, perhaps? For many women, that’s not a trade-off that they want, and they’re willing to make quite a few sacrifices to stay home with their children and raise them themselves, at least while the kids are young.
I’m not saying that this is a cut-and-dry issue. Women, along with their families, need to weigh the pros and cons of working or not working. Admittedly, for many women — like the many single mothers out there — there is no choice. There are also many women who choose to work from home, start a business, or re-enter the workforce once the kids have grown up a bit.
What I’m getting at is that whether a woman works or stays home to care for children, it’s not a cookie-cutter approach, nor should it be.
Just like there were many different women with many different backgrounds that were used by God and are incredible examples of faith.
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