Why Does Feminism Have to Be a Dirty Word?

The third article I read in The New York Times was by LaShaun Williams, a columnist and blogger who writes about parenting and culture.  The name of her article is “Good Riddance to Feminism!”  In her article she spoke to women being unable to be powerful professional women and good mothers too.  She believes women cannot have both and that is why working mothers have feelings of guilt and inadequacy.  She also believes the “feminism movement” is responsible for encouraging women to follow their dreams, devalue marriage and family, causing them to choose self-indulgence.  She also stated she didn’t think all working mothers were bad mothers but the feminist climate pressures women to work.  LaShaun stated, “the damage that attachment parenting is doing to feminism is a good thing.  “Her stand is that when we as women bring children into the world we should sacrifice parts of ourselves”.  She also feels parts of feminism deserve to be re-examined because it has marred some of what it means to be a woman.  She says she is not saying attachment parenting is the best method or demonizing working moms, but she just wants to highlight its support of being a strong presence in a child’s life.  Do you think working moms have forgotten that family comes first?  Do you think that being a working mom is about a career or monetary necessity?

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