Saturday, December 11, 2010

Feminism and Motherhood

Feminism and motherhood-can these two words go in the same sentence? Are feminists women who pursue careers, money, and success only? I think this is a stereotype of feminism. I think the true meaning of feminism is the ability for women to chose their destinies. I think some unfortunate results of feminism, is that some women don't understand how infertility can be painful for any woman. I have found this to be the case. Smart, intelligent successful feminist friends of mine are not sympathetic towards me or anyone else who has infertility issues. I think it is this way, because motherhood has been devalued by feminism. I don't think that was the original intent of the Feminist movement.

How do we influence the Feminist movement to value motherhood? If more feminist women valued motherhood, would there be a bigger push for infertility treatments to improve and perhaps we could lower the costs? I started thinking about these issues, because I joined a Feminist Book Club tonight.

1 comment:

  1. I would have to do some research (and my brain isn't up to it right now), but I believe that the early founders of feminism also focused on motherhood.

    I think that one of the culturally misunderstood tenets of Mormonism, both inside and outside the Church, is that feminism includes motherhood and vice versa. And that motherhood isn't strictly a biological issue--it includes a positive feminine presence in the lives of all children in our circle of influence.