The Feminist Movement of the 1960s and 1970s Response needed
Please respond to the following with 200 words
After reading Issue 16, I strongly agree with Carolyn Graglia that yes, the women’s movement did fail at liberating American women. Her views on feminism concluded that the feminist movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s was a valid but faulty idea in that it was based on a worthy opinion, that all men and women should be equal, but turned into a radical movement in which the judgment of a housewife was reduced to that of a parasitic, that was not using her God-given strengths to the best of her ability. This movement, in turn, pushed women out of the house and into the workforce. Feminists also pushed women to embrace their sexual desires, by rallying behind abortion and other such laws. As women began to mirror men in careers and emotional independence, they tipped the balance between traditional labor and housework, due to the fact that although more and more women were leaving the housewife position, almost no men were switching to a child raising vocation. This could be beneficial as a way for struggling families to make more money but also resulted in a generation of under cared for children and an overload in the job market. As this gap between the number of people staying at home raising their children and the number of people entering the workforce grew then and grows today, only bad results can follow. Women are naturally made for positions of child raising; they are natural caregivers and are on average less physically able than men to do household work. Those who wish to seek an alternative should be able to do so, but should not feel obliged to seek a career solely to combat stereotypes. In conclusion, just as stated in the first sentence of “American Women in the Twentieth Century,” our foremothers predicted that the twentieth century would be the “century of the child:” They were wrong, this century feminists have pushed women to be like men and not focus on raising their children, so young children must be raised by strangers and peers, resulting in a neglected generation of children.