Especially the rhetoric of lunatics like Phyllis Schlafly. She still puts forward the idea that women should stay home and in the kitchen in this day and age. I just don’t see how anyone can see past the fact that:
- The way the economy is, families could not sustain their quality of life or in some cases survive with only one income coming into the household
- If you continue with the idea that a woman’s place is not only in the home but to keep popping out children, you have now added to the monetary needs of the family in question.
- Unless one man is making about $75,000 annually (thats take home, so really about $85K before taxes give or take) there’s no way a family can survive with one income earner.
- There are more women than men in the population, so if only men worked and were the sole providers for the larger part of the US population, the economy would collapse.
- The whole idea of telling women their place is in the home is ridiculous because it assumes the values of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s are still what are considered the norm in societal wants and needs. More women are forgoing marriage until later in life, not having children at all or are not partnered with men.
- The idea that women should remain uneducated is ridiculous because we will again be faced with generations of elderly women who are helpless once their husbands pass away. The women who let their husbands run the home in every way often couldn’t find the checkbook or knew where the life insurance information was kept.
The idea that women should be kept in the home, tied to the kitchen and children in this day and age is just ridiculous. I don’t see how anyone could support the ideology now, let alone back when it was the norm. I guess maybe I suffer the sin of practicality, but someone tell me just how such backwards thinking can be considered as viable, let alone be lauded in this day and age?
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In certain parts of America (the San Francisco Bay Area, for example) even one spouse earning $75,000 is not enough to live on if you want to own a house and raise kids.
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