The Wall Street Journal published a thought-provoking article this weekend, wondering out loud as to why today’s mothers-of-teenagers allow their daughters to dress and act like the Paris Hiltons of the world.
With surprising honesty and clarity, the author admits that feminism might be to blame:
“We are the first moms in history to have grown up with widely available birth control, the first who didn’t have to worry about getting knocked up. We were also the first not only to be free of old-fashioned fears about our reputations but actually pressured by our peers and the wider culture to find our true womanhood in the bedroom. Not all of us are former good-time girls now drowning in regret—I know women of my generation who waited until marriage—but that’s certainly the norm among my peers.
So here we are, the feminist and postfeminist and postpill generation. We somehow survived our own teen and college years (except for those who didn’t), and now, with the exception of some Mormons, evangelicals and Orthodox Jews, scads of us don’t know how to teach our own sons and daughters not to give away their bodies so readily. We’re embarrassed, and we don’t want to be, God forbid, hypocrites.”
You can read the full text of the article here: Why Do We Let Girls Dress Like That? (not for young readers)
Feminists are constantly telling us about how much good they have done for “us”…
…how we should be grateful for all the advances and freedoms that their efforts have afforded women. However, one needs to ask, “at what price”?
If feminism truly teaches young women to have confidence and self respect, then why are the daughters of feminists treating themselves like…well…trash?
And why are their mothers allowing–even encouraging–them to do so?