April 30, 2014
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Feminism, on the other hand, was, to the extent it presented itself as liberation, much more a liberation from nature than from convention or society. Therefore it was grimmer, unerotic, more of an abstract project, and required not so much the abolition of law but the institution of law and political activism.
-Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind © 1987
April 16, 2014
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Anne Cloutier has a doctorate in socialogy, but chose to be a stay at home mom to her three children. She has recently published a book about her choice, entitled Aimer, Materner, Jubiler. The title of this post is a rough translation of the book title.
Anne Cloutier is not an all-out anti-feminist, but in an interview in the Montréal daily la Presse, she points out a basic weakness in the arguments of the women’s movement. It’s all very well to champion a woman’s right to be free and independent, but children need their mother. Many women find themselves torn between the needs of their children and the noble sounding theories of feminism. Anne Cloutier’s message is that for a woman to choose to givie herself to the needs of her children is a noble choice.
She says the bond between mother and child is so powerful that it should not be denied in the name of equality. The daughters and grand-daughters of militant feminists are taking stock and realizing that they may be missing something. Women who are not in the work force and not so much in the public eye, are also making real contributions to the well-being of society.