Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Author Calls SAHMs "Brain Drain"

"I think it's a mistake for these highly educated and capable women to make that choice [to stay home]," said law professor and working mom Linda Hirshman. "I am saying an educated, competent adult's place is in the office." (source)

Linda Hirshman, a wanna-be Naomi Wolf and author of the book Get to Work : A Manifesto for Women of the World, is back in the news again with her always disparaging remarks about women that choose to raise their own children...

I don't wanna have the SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) VS. the working mom argument yet again. There shouldn't even be an argument. It's like breastfeeding --even the formula companies say breast milk is better, but some people can't do it and some just don;t want to. The same with staying home. Obviously if you have the will/means to stay home it's better. Some people can't and some don't want to...

"...Linda Hirshman is calling stay-at-home mothers a "brain drain." She is even calling for a reproductive strike until men agree to take on more work at home. Hirshman said she believes it is time for a revolution.

"It is time. After 25 years of hearing from nothing but the stay-at-home moms and why it's so wonderful to stay at home, it is time for another message," Hirshman said.

Hirshman said women could only lead flourishing lives if they have a career outside the home.

"My most important message is that women are bearing the full burden of housekeeping as well as childbearing, and that combination makes it very difficult for them to work in the public or larger world," Hirshman said.

Hirshman said she thinks women who stay at home, especially highly educated ones, are not using their capacities fully. She said they should stay on the job and push for change in society.

Some mothers [the reporter] talked with said they found Hirshman's tone insulting.

"It's interesting because if the brightest women are choosing to stay home, they're not in the work force, but then the brightest women are raising the children. That's not a bad thing," Noble said.
" (source)

Here's my major problem with Ms. Linda #77 on Benie Goldberg's 100 People That are Screwing Up America Hirshman, she doesn't seem to be able to fathom that these women CHOOSE to stay home. Pro-CHOICE remember? Or is it pro-choice only when you want to rid yourself of responsibility and not when you want to embrace it. Also, having kids is all about self-sacrifice and our society seems to have lost touch with that truth.

I stayed home for the first 5 1/2 years of my boys' lives (doing many things from home to help my "brain from draining") and now that they are both going to be in school full time I am going back to work --the best of both worlds. Problem solved...

I hope it wasn't too obvious that these articles really pissed me off! ;)

(H/T: Liz)

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