From Visionary Womanhood:
There isn’t a woman alive today who has not been impacted and affected by the philosophy of feminism. Feminism began as a small movement of radical extremists sharing their viewpoint on what they believe is true feminism. Their view has become the norm in our culture today and has worked its way into our homes and churches.
Feminism is not just about being for women. It is a complete worldview. What is fascinating is how quickly this worldview spread in such a short amount of time and how it has affected our culture in so many ways.
Betty Friedan, one of the founders of the modern feminist movement, viewed the differences between men and women as weaknesses. She was bothered that women were staying home and not using their education. They were “just” housewives and mothers. She took a survey of women at her 15 year college reunion to see if they were satisfied with their lives and concluded that women were not happy and satisfied. Friedan’s opinion was that the only way all women could truly be fulfilled was to go into the workforce and be like men.
According to Friedan, the sphere of women was, “kitchen, church and home.” If women could be like men and have a “serious” career, they would find fulfillment. Women were looked at as subservient. They were the child bearers, so they were stuck at home raising children. Friedan viewed women’s differences as weaknesses, but as weaknesses that could be overcome.
Read the full piece HERE. The whole notion that the wife/mother at home isn’t using her brains or doing anything important just leaves us shaking our heads. It’s such a backwards, antiquated Marxist idea, but feminism can’t let go of it. This is the age of Etsy, for goodness’ sake! The household economy is roaring along strongly, thanks to families where wives and daughters are vitally important producers at home while also managing meals, keeping clothes mended, and demonstrating hospitality. More on this later. I’ve had an article brewing for months, but little time to sit down and work on it while being part of a busy, bustling household in Kenya. Real life at home is vibrant, rich, and fulfilling, folks!