A short rant

I hate when people, especially other feminists, devalue the work that is raising children. Just because it’s not financially compensated in our current system doesn’t mean it’s not just as important as any other kind of work.

I also hate when people say things like “the world doesn’t owe me a living, or my children support.” I believe we have a collective responsibility to each other. I believe that the world owes everyone a living, whether or not they want to or can work in ways that are considered economically productive (under what are some very narrow definitions of productivity, I might add). I believe that by virtue of being alive, we are all owed food, shelter, clothes, health care, and education.

I don’t believe in the hyper-individualistic bullshit of “personal responsibility.” We’re all in this together–and we’d better start acting like it if we want to survive.

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4 thoughts on “A short rant

  1. I hate when people, especially other feminists, devalue the work that is raising children.

    They, ‘those people’, are simply repeating the value our society socializes them with. Not, to excuse their behaviour because your analysis is correct, but is their behaviour within a capitalistic patriarchal society all that surprising?

    I believe that by virtue of being alive, we are all owed food, shelter, clothes, health care, and education.

    Wow, they let you say stuff like that in the US? 🙂 You must be intimately familiar with Satan… er socialism.

  2. I count myself as a feminist from childhood, and yet, as a part of some childfree groups, I used to think and believe that — for the most part. I knew there was more than one side of the story, and you’ve articulated it well. For me and other vehement childfree people, saying this was a way to kick against the treacly “the most important job in the world” crap that we heard all the time about motherhood when it’s portrayed sentimentally and romantically. Now that I’m older, still childfree, and post-menopausal, I’ve gained much more perspective on things, thanks in part to posts like yours and some wisdom over the years. We’re all making it the best we can. Cheers.

    • Yeah, our society is really shitty with the “most important job in the world” crap–it puts motherhood on a pedestal without offering actual support to mothers, so it ends up harming both mothers *and* childfree women. I’m glad that you have gained more perspective, and definitely, we are all making it the best we can!

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