I wrote earlier this week about Leslie Bennetts and her book The Feminine Mistake. I've been reading more articles and thinking a lot about this . First of all, the title of the book, why is it necessary to call it the Feminine Mistake? That is implying that it is a mistake for every woman to stay home after having children. In essence, she attacked all stay-at-home mom's before even opening the book.
"It's as if the adult world of work and public affairs regards these self-appointed CHO's ("chief household officers," in the self-congratulatory parlance of one magazine aimed at that constituency) as somewhat dimwitted second-class citizens who aren't really up to the task of dealing with reality, which has to be left to the grown-ups. And I'm not just talking about the mommy wars; if anything, this kind of condescension about stay-at-home moms is more apparent among men than among working women.
Thus buffered from harsh realities, stay-at-home mothers can often preserve their illusions for quite a while. But over the long run, neither willful obliviousness nor a double standard that treats them like second-class citizens will save these women from the all-too-real problems I have documented in my book. The facts don't change just because you refuse to look at them."
Wow! This woman just knows no bounds in attacking Stay-at-home mothers, does she? First, she calls our life choice a MISTAKE. Then she calls us babies who need to be shielded and now we are DIMWITTED SECOND CLASS CITIZENS! Good Lord, I feel so "mistaken" about my life and decisions...I better abandon mychild and run out and get a job! HA! If she really believes that society see's us as second classcitizens, when we should be considered a very valuable part of society, perhaps she should have written a book about that. Second class citizen?! I'm stunned. Good gosh, I must be completely out of the loop because I certainly never felt that way.