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Friday, December 05, 2014

Shaming the Full-Time Homemaker

Devaluing the role of fulltime homemaker has become part of our culture. It is taught in women’s studies courses, and endlessly reiterated in the media. Politically correct dogma teaches that modern women should all be in the workforce because being a homemaker is a wasted life, and caring for one’s own babies is not worth the time of an educated woman. That’s certainly the view of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In her 1977 book called Sex Bias in the U.S. Code, she sneered at what she called "dependent women, whose primary responsibility is to care for children and household.” Ginsburg called on society to eliminate the gender roles of breadwinner-husband and homemaker-wife.

Many women voluntarily make the career choice to work fewer hours, take more time off, and pursue less demanding college majors that lead to lower paying careers. There is also the undeniable fact of hypergamy, which means that a woman typically chooses a husband who earns more than she does so she can opt out of the workforce for some important child-care years. Obama’s plan for mothers, however, is that government should take away your choice to care for your own children. Mothers should remain in the workforce, and the income tax they pay will enable their ever-loving big government to provide their kids with daycare. That’s exactly what he meant when he said in his Rhode Island speech that he doesn’t want mothers to have the choice to leave the work force to care for their own children.

A new analysis this year by the Pew Research Center shows that the percentage of stay-at-home moms increased nearly 30% over the past decade despite efforts by Obama and feminists to discourage this. Obama’s Rhode Island speech tells us that liberals must be alarmed at the increasing numbers of women who realize that spending important years as a stay-at-home mom is really a good choice.

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