In the recent past, many must have seen the feminist brigade attacking the institution of family. Condemning motherhood and giving it names like “slavery” and “unpaid labor”. I have seen people finding it hard to understand the reason, why feminist do it and how destroying the institution of family is relevant to their cause.
As we know all the isms of this world like communism, regionalism, etc, Feminism wants control too. When we see a family we see the untiring loyalty of people towards the responsibilities which they perform without asking questions. These acts are done out of love and compassion. As all the isms demand control and families put the need of the family members before the demands of isms, family as an institution becomes a great hurdle in front of feminism, dejecting its control. Many of the staunch feminists have said it in very clear tone.
Linda Gordon said “the nuclear family must be destroyed….. Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process”
Vivian Gornick said “being a housewife is an illegitimate profession….. The choice to serve and be protected and plan towards being a family-maker is a choice that shouldn’t be. The heart of a radical feminist is it change that”
Helen Sullinger said” We must work to destroy marriage…. The end of the institution of the marriage is a necessary condition for the liberation of women. Therefore it’s important for us to encourage women to leave their husbands and not to live individually with them”
Apart from seeking control what other reason drive feminist to destroy marriages and families as an institution…???
One very interesting observation was made by Suzanne Venker and the late Phyllis Schlafly, authors of “The Flipside of Feminism”,
Feminist realize all too well that they can never achieve a level playing field in the marketplace as long as their male competitors have the advantage of homemaker wives… Women on the left know that in order to get ahead more easily, they must deprive men of their advantage in having stay at home wives. The desire to eliminate the full-time homemaker has been feminists’ goal all along. The need for the second income was never the goal
It’s sad to notice that women think that family as institution and roles of fathers are very easy to replace. The evidence speaks totally against this claim when seen in areas like Physical and mental health of children, poverty, teen pregnancy and crime, drugs and alcohol, schooling and future income.
In the next article of this series, we will discuss other reasons behind feminism and their attack on families and marriages.