What sort of things do you associate with feminism?
The term has been so broadly stretched out that its definition is almost ambiguous.
Some of the things society associates feminism with is the fight for women to be equal to men, equal wages, prestigious working positions, leadership, eagerly growing arm pit hair, mini-skirts, etc.
Despite the array of things that constitutes a concept, they seem to all have one thing in common – they make a statement based on what they believe empowerment is.
SO… if the purpose of feminism is to promote the empowerment of women – and the aforementioned things are examples of empowerment – the concept of feminism would also define what empowerment for a woman isn’t.
Society also associates empowerment with the idea of freedom, liberation, independence and autonomy over one’s decisions.
But what’s often looked down upon and seen as a violation of empowerment is a woman’s choice to raise a family; due to the fact that this equates to responsibility, sacrifice and thus viewed as impeding on the freedom and liberation of a woman.
This hardly seems fair and the stigma of the oppression of women who choose to raise a family needs to be broken.
Actually, there is nothing more empowering and heroic than to see a woman who has the capacity to be a mother.
Motherhood reveals several empowering factors about a woman: she is not afraid of responsibility, she has the capacity for self-giving and sacrifice, and has the power to raise children to become valuable members of society in the future.
You can’t say that that is an ambition that NO woman can ever aspire to.
The purpose of this post is not to dictate and rule out other ideas of feminism, but to change the attitude towards those who choose to be mothers as oppressive and contrary to feminism.
We need to remove the idea that motherhood is a burden because of a so-called lack of freedom.
“Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules. It is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.” – G.K Chesterton
Furthermore, the notion that being a stay-at-home mother is degrading to the woman is ridiculous. This negative attitude towards these women is an attitude that needs to be shifted.
We need to realise that being a stay-at-home mother is a profound profession in itself and not the burden of ‘unemployment’.
“The home maker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.” – C.S. Lewis
The more we promote the empowerment of being a mother, the more we can help mothers out there to actually feel empowered.
SO … make of feminism what you want to make of it. That’s entirely your choice. However, we cannot leave the empowerment of motherhood out of the picture. Destroy the stigma and support motherhood.