What, might you ask, exactly is the "refeminization" of America?
Well...let me tell you my thoughts. But first...a disclaimer. Remember, that I am a "work out of the home mom", please know that I don't intend to offend, and hear me out.
Alright...now that we've got that covered...let's start.
I think, and you may disagree, but I really think that America needs to go back to it's roots. And part of those roots, include moms being moms. Friends...I'm calling for an "Anti-Feminist" movement.
I'm not talking about taking away our right to vote or anything crazy like that...what I'm talking about is something a little different...but just as important.
Moms belong at home.
Raising their kids. Establishing morals and values and foundations for their children.
Being nurturing and emotionally available for their family's needs.
I have a hunch (but, since research is not my forte, a hunch is all it is...) that if you trace the decline of America back, you'll find that the increases in crime rates, divorce rates, obesity, teen pregnancies, substance abuse, etc., date back to the "dawn" of the working woman.
Latch key kids.
Meals on the go.
Friends, call me crazy, but I think that's where it all started. With the working mama.
I've always been a "girly girl"...not opposed to "Prince Charming" rescuing me from a castle turret, enjoying when a man holds a door for me, feeling "revered" when a man rises at a table while I sit down. I love it when the Mr. pulls a chair out for me, or helps me on with my coat...not because I cannot do these things for myself...but because it makes me feel respected.
It makes me feel like a woman.
And I like that.
I love being a woman, and I love being a mother.
Our children, our future, need us to mother them. We need to go back to our roots of home cooked, sit down family meals. With the TV off. With conversation. With prayer.
Our children should come home to their mamas, waiting for them with hugs and inquiries of their school day...instead, our children go to daycare providers who hand out those hugs and inquiries for us.
Thank God for daycare providers...they are angels here on earth...selfless mothers who willingly stand in for those of us mothers that work.
"But"...you may argue..."we need that second income". That's my argument, anyway. That, and "I'm the one who carries the insurance". However, what came first? The need for a dual income, or the "keeping up with the Jones'" attitude that necessitates a dual income?
It's like the chicken and the egg thing...only with money and the Jones' (who are these "Jones" people anyway? And who said they were so cool that everyone needed to be like them?).
Unfortunately, I think we're so far into this "feminist" movement, that there is no going back. I wish we could. I think our country...our children...our future, needs it.
And that, my friends...is what I mean by the "refeminization" of America.
Okay...put down your torches and pitchforks now...I'm done. And remember, I am a working mom. I don't exclude myself as part of the problem.