Freelance writer and stay-at-home-dad genuflects at Left-feminism, gets published at XX-Slate [Darleen Click]
Noah Berlatsky, Why am I a male feminist?
But I’m also a feminist for selfish reasons. I’m the primary caretaker for our son — I stay home with him when he’s sick (there he is on the futon right now, actually, watching Doctor Who with the cat sacked out beside him). I deal with school events and playdates; I schlep him to all his activities. There was a time not so long ago where doing any of those things would have made me the object of ridicule, and quite possibly self-loathing as well. Today, though, it’s no big deal — and the reason for that is feminism. [...]
It empowers me. It allows me to take on roles that have traditionally been associated with women.
It isn’t the piece’s short length that makes the sentiments appear shallow, but rather Noah’s facile presentation that Left-feminism is to be credited with his ability to be a SAHD.
Now, leave aside for a moment that conservatives have a lot less to say about the sex of the parent who decides to stay home than about having at least one parent stay home with the kids. Noah posits that Left-feminism allows him to take on these duties without ridicule.
Let me posit that Left-feminism still beats the drum that no woman should be a SAHM, pointing to pieces like NYTimes Magazine’s article on opt-out moms wanting back in as something that should scare the crap out of you (and make you a Leftist demanding Government mandates in paid maternity leave, etc).
Let Noah write his piece from a conservative POV — that he’s doing it for the best interests of his marriage and family, even toss a few lines about being able to volunteer at church and God’s blessings — and see how long it takes before he is made the object of ridicule and derision.
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