When personal events interfere with blogging about political events, I like to remember Joel Hodgson’s sage advice in his ballad “Love Pads The Film.”
Today I choose to pad my blog with linky love to King Shamus. Since he’s down with the nasty streptococci bacteria, he could use a little blog padding himself. Just reblog this post and feel better soon, homey.
The reason I choose his Royal Shamus is his thoughtful comment to my Offend a Feminist post. This comment is good enough to warrant a post of its own. Citizen Tom noticed, too. So, without further ado, here is the King on motherhood:
“I think feminists dismiss motherhood because they honestly do not understand the power mothers have in shaping culture.
For most of the 60′s and 70′s what did feminists–most of whom were ladies of the Left–focus on? Getting women into the workforce. I think they did that because they were convinced that once women had money independent of men, the sisterhood would bring on further reforms which would conform to their basically liberal ideas.
But what if it hadn’t worked out that way? What if feminists instead attempted to change the way that women raised their kids and ran their households? If the feminists had succeeded in re-educating women about their methods of care-giving and instilling family gender roles, they might’ve made far more progress than they did by focusing on employment and education.
The reason why they might’ve been more successful if they had adopted that strategy is because the power mothers and wives have is immense. It is a diffuse power, spread over many years and across innumerable households. It isn’t nearly as high-profile as, say, the founder of a feminist magazine or the department chairpersonship of gender studies at a well-respected university.
However, the women of the house has 24/7/365 access to infants and toddlers. That means she can shape the way that children think in ways that feminists in politics, media and academia can only dream about. Spread out over a generation of children, moms have the ability to fundamentally change a society if they choose to do so.
And interesting proposition. If all the left-minded feminists had stayed home and focused on changing the attitudes/gender roles of their own children, would they have been more successful?
What say you?
Isn’t there a saying that sums up Shamus’ view of motherhood? Something about the hand that rocks the cradle?