A broader consideration
In the Republican debates last week a question was asked Rick Santorum about a quote from his book tying feminism to women feeling the need to work outside the home. His answer was non-remarkable. He sidestepped it–if you can imagine such a thing 😉
Too bad, because I was interested in his opinion. If he believes what he wrote in his book–that feminism influenced (dare I use the word ‘pressured’) women to leave the home and enter the workforce–I agree with him. Experienced truthers are aware that feminism was a contrivance to do precisely that (and not only that, but also weaken / destroy the fabric of the American family). It came hard on the heels of TV programs about 1950s perfect moms. Women couldn’t live up to the standards of perfect houses kept clean by calm and happy ladies in flowing skirts and spiked heels, so it was pretty easy to get them to throw in the towel on housekeeping. Why they thought they would be able to manage their household chores better after adding a job outside the home is beyond me.
I think an open debate about this subject might be helpful. But we won’t get one because Rick Santorum is afraid to express his true feelings on the subject.
Anyway, he didn’t go far enough. I don’t think he mentioned the IRS and their lust for new sources of income. I don’t think he mentioned a bankster plot to destroy the family either. And I don’t think he touched on the fact that the idea of men working outside the home (or at least off the property) is a relatively new idea.
In history classes our teachers spoke of the industrial revolution with a sort of awe which I am not sure it merits. Historically people have had agrarian lifestyles. This seems holistic and practical. Men, women and children worked side by side. Try to imagine the sense of security and identity children might have in such a setting.
Perhaps if you envision such a scene you envision poverty-stricken serfs, laboring day and night, barely eeking out a living. But the history of the US is peopled with many well to do farm families–and no, many of them did not own slaves. They had lots of sons to work the land. That work was an investment that had good returns for the working sons.
If you are picturing poverty-stricken serfs, you are thinking of, well, serfs, not people who own their own land.
The way in which many people now work is much more closely related to serfdom than it is to being gentlemen farmers like many of the men who helped to shape this country. Working outside the home–for men and women–is in many respects the new feudalism.
Who benefits from your labor? You get some; if you are fortunate or smart, enough to feed and lodge your family. The lion’s share of benefit from your labor does not come to you. Giant corporations for whom you labor benefit. The offshore institution called the IRS and those who control it benefit (and please remember that much of the $$$ that now goes there is siphoned off to repay debt to the global banking cartel), and the bankers to whom you are paying interest for your mortgage, your credit cards and your auto loan get a rather large chunk. Oh, and so do the insurance companies and those who own them.
You are allowed enough to subsist. Maybe you get to take a vacation once or twice a year where for a few days the way you live can be self-determined.
So are feminists responsible for women working outside the home, and the lonely, abandoned children left in their wake? Short answer, yes.
Women–people–should be fulfilled in their work. Doing creative work at which one is really good is fulfilling. So is being able to retain the fruits of your labor.
In my imagination is a lifestyle in which a family produces enough food for its members with some left over for their neighbors and for those in need. Modern farming methods allow for respect for the earth, its functions and its cycles, and for leisure time beyond the time required to care for the living things. This leisure time can be used for discovery; for learning, for inventing and for creating. Families spend time together, with children learning from parents. Extended family members would, ideally, be nearby, and neighbors would be known, trusted friends. People have what they need. There is no lack.
Do you think this is a fantasy? The means to live in this manner are at hand. If you watch the film The Garbage Warrior you will learn how near and how achievable this lifestyle is.
Why are we not living it now? Why are these methods not promoted and publicly discussed?
Because the people at the top who control the flow of resources and information enjoy feudalism. They enjoy being, well, at the top.
All you “feminists” who wanna be really happy, try this on for size