Thirty years ago called--they want their banners back. Cherie Blair (wife of former UK Prime Minister) leads the charge into cultural oblivion:
Blair suggested that children raised in households with a full-time mom lack a sense of independence and can’t make their way in the world because their moms don’t have “professional ambition.” “I also want to be the best possible mother, but I know that my job as a mother includes bringing my children up so actually they can live without me,” she remarked.
Soooo, that essential education is supposed to start in infancy -- by dropping the child with paid caregivers who will begin the task of explaining that mother has better things to do? And then extensive pre-school programs, and then after-school care until the child is old enough to be a latch-key kid, and then ... hope for the best? Why not just set up state-run orphanages with weekend visits for parents?
Every psychological serious study screams that this woman is wrong (the same woman who not only wants her children not to need her, but told the world that her fourth was a contraceptive snafu).
But, all that said, I think we need to consider the frightfully small demographic she's targeting: the "yummy mummies" who "describe young, attractive women who live on their husband’s wealth, staying home full-time with their children."
Adding that women who decide to get married to rich men and “retire” at home are unfulfilled and “dangerous,” Blair said, “you think how can they even imagine that is the way to fulfil yourself, how dangerous it is.”
Ignore the fact that many women sacrifice a great deal to be home with their children; ignore the fact that tight economies make it increasingly difficult for single-income families to persevere; ignore the fact that more than half of children are not sharing a home with their biological fathers; ignore the fact that marriage is often not on the radar screen for many couples with children (refusing even the attempt to establish stabibility for the sake of their children); and ignore the fact that, until this generation, marrying a man with a steady income was considered highly prudent. What has possessed these women not only to abandon their own children (while calling it the best formation possible) but to insult all women who choose differently?
Such is the insecurity of feminists -- and it always has been thus. Getting an education isn't enough -- feminists must also rig all the schools so that boys are handicapped and girls surrounded by hyper-esteem programs. Being pro-abortion isn't enough -- feminists must also indict those who choose to bring their crisis pregnancies to term, calling them selfish and unworthy of the "sisterhood." Enjoying the workplace isn't enough -- feminists must also trash all those who prioritise their children, even for the few years when the children are quite young and benefit by their mothers' presence.
Ah well, like all pro-choice women, only some choices are valid, and those are justified by pummelling all the rest. The story includes this non-surprising factoid:
Blair said her view of motherhood was shaped by her own experience of her father abandoning her mother when she was a child.
Woe to those who scandalise the little ones... Poor dear.