Tuesday, 9 September 2008

The bells are ringing out...

...for the death of 1970's feminism.

"The nuclear family" said a 1973 UN report "is the biggest single obstacle to women's liberation".

The bell ringers are ringing out the death of that statement, and the death of the restrictive, man hating philosophy behind it. In addition they are celebrating the acknowledgment that feminism cannot be defined by ideology,and cannot villify women who don't fit the 1970's model.

It was of course the selection of Sarah Palin as Republican running mate that called the bell ringers out...See this by Kay Hymowitz in City Journal

...central to Palin’s red-state appeal is her earthy embrace of motherhood. She differs from mainstream feminists in that her sexuality and fecundity are not in tension with her achievement and power. If anything, they rise out of them. Instead of holding her back, her five children embody her energy, competence, authority, and optimism. Maybe she’s annoyed at the way the First Dude, as her husband calls himself, forgets to fold the laundry or call the pediatrician, but she’s not going to make a federal case—make that an Alaskan state case—out of it. “She’s a real woman, she’s a real feminist but she’s not strident—she’s like us,” Cheryl Hauswirth, a middle-aged mother from Wisconsin, told Politico writer Jonathan Martin. “She’s strong, powerful and opinionated, all the things a woman should be, while still retaining her femininity, her womanhood.”

The contrast with Hillary Clinton couldn’t be starker.

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