So, my new thing now is saying “for the birds.” Everything I don’t like is for the birds, and right now, working is that thing. I think if there were as many ways to kill time back when the Feminist Movement began, many women would have been quite content with their role as homemaker – at least I would have been – because “nine-to-fiving” is for the birds.
First of all, women should have been given the opportunity to opt in or out of the Feminist Movement. And, don’t “movements” come to an end? If so, why must women still act out our “new” roles as providers, borne from this movement spearheaded by our bra-burning ancestors? The Civil Rights Movement ended, and we retained the same rights acquired largely due to its success, but racism is still alive and well. So, why haven’t men reverted back to their chivalrous ways – laying jackets over puddles and expecting no more than a kiss on the cheek after sharing a strawberry milkshake or a piece of pie at the local diner? And why is it now unacceptable for a woman to actively seek a “job” as a homemaker without being labeled a golddigger?
I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. After all, many advantages came with our new-found liberty, such as the right to vote, reproductive rights and equal pay. However, I don’t necessarily buy into the notion, that “anything men can do, we can do better.” And, why did the feminist movement have to take on such a competitive spirit? Couldn’t we have gained these freedoms without commencing a perpetual battle of the sexes?
Now I have to be “independent” and fend for myself in a male-dominated society, coping with sexual harrassment and sexism while, at the same time, trying to break through glass ceilings; and on top of all that, at home, we are still expected to cheerfully perform our “womanly” or “wifely” duties. Don’t you see! Feminism tripled our workload! It didn’t rid us of our roles as nurturer and caregiver, nor did we swap responsibilities with men. Now, it’s proclaimed throughout middle-class households all across America, that husbands and wives are TEAMS…Yay! Super!
I just wanted the right to vote. I didn’t want to have to bring home the bacon and cook it too. Furthermore, I’m tired of men singing all these songs about female independence being so sexy. I bet it is sexy that they’re no longer solely responsible for the financial well-being of their families, and they can work half as much as they used to and still receive the same “benefits” they enjoyed when they were the only ones “hunting and gathering.”
Ladies, we’ve been hoodwinked and bamboozled. I bet a man started the feminist movement, and came up with that lousy slogan to go along with it. I know I’m not alone in this sentiment because nowadays women are going to great lengths to meet and marry a man of unlimited means. I’m not saying I encourage it, but I understand.
At what point, and why did our ability to bear and rear children, while successfully managing a household, become a dishonorable or trivial occupation, so much so that we felt our talents and intelligence would be better suited for work outside of the home? Are we truly happy with the outcome of the women’s movement? I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not, because nine-to-fiving is for the birds.