Sunday, May 31, 2009

Does Feminism Make Women Less Happy?

A new report suggests women are less happy now than they were before the advent of feminism.


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Danielle said...

I agree that feminism went to far and shot itself in the foot.
Not only now are women expected to play domestic Goddess at home, they're also expected to be the career woman, soccer mum, sex kitten, master chef, taxi service and all with a pleasant "you're very welcome, please come again" smile and fresh lippy.
... No wonder I'm exhausted.

THE LonesomeDove said...

Remember the old expression "barking up the wrong tree"? I believe this in fact, is a case of the wrong dogs trying to bark up the tree. Not to diminish the contributions of psychologists, economists and bloggers, but anthropologists are the recognized experts in this field and they probably would have formulated different conclusions and might have started their investigation with the assertion that " domestic appliances has freed women from domestic drudgery."

I can't speak for anyone else, but know that my own mother and grandmothers found deep fulfillment and happiness in making their homes comfortable sanctuaries and raising their families. They were also considered equal helpmates to their husbands and don't believe they experienced a single day of what they would have considered "drugery" in their entire collective lives either.

With the concession that there are and will always be exceptions, I believe that society's insistence on forcing the natural gender roles of hunter-protector and gatherer-nurturer on both sexes bears full responsibility for this unhappiness because with both men and women, it can be like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Remember the other old saying, "Be careful what you wish for because you might just get it."