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2014-11-30 21:13

16 days of activism and the increased violence against women and children is continually being led by the low status and delicate state of women in the home and in society and by men who abuse their "strength" over women and position of authority.

Here’s an issue that I really don’t understand though – feminist claims that men and women should be equal, who also reject the idea that men are the protectors of, and providers for women and who see stay-at-home mothers as being something oppressive.

I misunderstand this because I look around and see men and women in different situations, doing different things and different jobs. Is this out of choice? Or is this simply because of the societal pressure on the modern roles of men and women, the breadwinner and caregiver, manual labourer and marketer? Never will you see a woman doing manual labour, even if she wants to. It is against her delicate nature, thus men and women cannot be treated equally. Am I wrong?

But it seems that it remains contested because of the "notion of inequality”, and the fact that if men and women are biologically different but ontologically and morally-ethically the same, then both have the ability to do the same things, be exceptional and should thus be treated equally.

But who says that motherhood is a curse? Why does feminism reject this burden? Is it because, when women are empowered to do anything, stay-at-home mothers feel perfectly content about “doing nothing”? And women will never have the time, energy, mobility and freedom to do anything exceptional when they have a child. It seems to me that feminists see motherhood as being some form of patriarchal oppression and that a woman’s only fulfilling role is in the workplace. And “Housework” cannot possibly be equated to the “salary-earning real work” of men and therefore men and women cannot possibly be equal.

In a patriarchal world, women always feel the need to rise above and prove their worth whether it is through education or in the workplace. I’m not saying that that is wrong – all women should have the right to educate themselves, have the right to equal opportunities and be free to do whatever it is that is exceptional and fulfilling. But, a good mother is the foundation of a great nation and the shoulder on which great leaders rise (notwithstanding the social circumstances and the influence of fathers). Even for women who cannot procreate, the bond between a mother and her child is everlasting. And the behaviour of men (and women) is responsible for the rise and fall of a nation.

In no ways should we accept the low status of women in the home and in society simply because they are not instrumental driving forces in the economy and decision-making, or the protectors of men and providers of income. In no ways should we look down on stay-at-home mothers and homemakers who seemingly do not live up to their potential.

Motherhood and good mothers are a gift. Great men cannot be without.

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