p. 24: This less flourishing sphere [the household] is not the natural or moral responsibility only of women. Therefore, assigning it to women is unjust. Women assigning it to themselves is equally unjust.
No kidding. Especially when it wasn't your decision, but the decision of millions of selfish asshat SAHMs who don't want to have a job.
Reads lovely, doesn't it? We're not supposed to be offended? We've become selfish because we want to keep our homes and raise our own children. How backwards of us.
Being a stay at home mom is not something that garners a lot of respect or tolerance, except among other SAHM's. That's why blogging, and connecting with other like minded people, has been great for me. It's nice to hear someone else say, yeah you made the right choice. Isn't that what is it, in the end. A choice? I chose to quit cutting hair to stay home, I choose to go without luxuries, etc. I read an article proclaiming that women should NOT stay home with their children or be homemakers because if they would ever need to reenter the workforce, they could have a difficult time finding a good job. I don't know about other SAHM's, but I'm not worried about the ifs or whens just the nows. NOW is where I am, NOW is when my children need me, NOW is when I have this time to make these memories, NOW is all we have. As they say, tomorrow isn't promised.
So, are we (myself and my fellow SAHM's) supposed to keep our mouths shut about what we believe because someones feelings might get hurt? Why are our opinions not OK? Why can't I say to someone, have you ever thought about becoming a SAHM, without them being offended? Do you know how often I'm asked when I'm planning on going back to work? Should I be offended by that question?
They say "Home is where your heart is." My children and my husband are my heart, that is why I'm home.
The above statement should offend a few people.
So I ask:
How many women out there have chosen being a SAHM as their career? How many are proud, like me, to be one to raise your children? (another offending sentence.) How many of you has chosen it, like I have, because I can't imagine not being home with them everyday? Am I the only one who feels like I'm being pushed into a corner and having fingers pointed at me by being a SAHM?