Love Pads The Blog

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?

Later gators.

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12 thoughts on “Love Pads The Blog

  1. KingShamus 14 May 2011 at 10:20 am Reply

    I am honored, my friend. Thank you very much for the linkage.

    Those thoughts had been bouncing around the ol’ brainbucket for a while. I think women–and especially mothers–have power that they often don’t recognize. We all just tend to get wrapped up in other things because they seem important at the time. In the end, it’s about moms (and dads too) and how they choose to raise their kiddies that determines what kind of society we live in.

    Again, thank you for the compliment. It means a lot.


  2. Citizen Tom 14 May 2011 at 10:58 am Reply

    Thanks for the link, and nice post. Hope it helps to spawn that debate I was looking for.

  3. Country Thinker 14 May 2011 at 2:22 pm Reply

    You poor, oppressed woman. Didn’t you know your chilluns are a burden?

  4. Karen Howes 14 May 2011 at 8:50 pm Reply

    If anyone deserves recognition, it’s King Shamus– he’s just awesome. And so was that comment he left!

    My basic idea of 20th century “feminism” is that it was a ploy to get women to rely on the state instead of a husband. After all, the state will never abandon you.

    • Country Thinker 14 May 2011 at 9:05 pm Reply

      And at least government’s honest. It didn’t respect you lsat night. You shouldn’t expect to be respected in the morning…

  5. Matt 14 May 2011 at 10:05 pm Reply

    While I would think that they followed their own selfishness, they did infiltrate education with great success. So, maybe they didn’t need to stay at home to influence the kiddos after all.

  6. brucetheeconomist 15 May 2011 at 2:24 am Reply

    I agree with the power and importance of mothers, though I hope fathers do something important as well. My recollection was that early (1970’s, really you could go back to at least the early 19 teens when women go the vote, but I’m not quite that old) had a lot of discussion about gender roles, and not giving girls toys that presumed they would be homemakers. I’m not sure that the role of homemakers was denigrated or ignored as much as is suggested.

    What am I missing or forgetting (I am pretty old!.

  7. brucetheeconomist 15 May 2011 at 2:25 am Reply

    Any MST3K reference is good.

  8. edge of the sandbox 15 May 2011 at 10:39 am Reply

    I should probably write a longer and better thought-out post about this.
    I don’t think King Shamus is factually correct. Every left liberal mother of young kids I meet either stays home with her kids or wants to. They are very much into teaching kids progressive values and running a green household. As for raising boys and girls the same, that experiment flopped in the 70s, it had to.

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