Sunday, October 25, 2009

I Never Wanted to Be A Man

I'm a post-World War II Baby-Boomer, part of the generation which was expected to embrace Feminism as the perfect rebellion.  None if it attracted me, because I saw it as an attempt to be men, and I wanted to be a mother.  I saw a contradiction in these two goals.  Birthrate statistics prove me right. 

My very specific age group, those born (and remained in the United States) around the same time I was, had very few children.  The 1970's, which should have seen a secondary baby boom, didn't produce many kids.  My former fellow Brownies, Girl Scouts and classmates had different production goals.

On the other hand, I could and would never accept even the mildest hint that my opinions are less worthy than a male's.  I didn't and still don't consider it Feminism.  To me it's just common sense. 
  • Why should anyone think that men are smarter than women? 
  • Why should women pretend to be dumber than men?
Some how I never learned the feminine skills women have adopted to get what they wanted.

I'm inevitably attracted by articles which analyze women's success, like this one by Joanne Lipman. "Joanne Lipman, a former deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal, was the founding editor in chief of Condé Nast Portfolio magazine." It's interesting that she does have children, and she's unusually successful in what's considered a masculine field.  Maybe that's part of the reason for her success.

There are G-d given differences between males and females.  The early Feminists preached rejection of it, and that's the cause of so much failure.  For women to succeed and reach our goals, we must do it as women, not faux men.  We have different biology and different minds.  We must utilize our gifts, not imitate men and not hide away our identities in masculine-style clothes and game plans.

Everyone's different.  We all must find our own path and wear the most comfortable shoes we can find.

7 comments:

Keli Ata said...

I am grateful to Hashem for making me what I am and that's a woman.

I feminism because it has its roots in some pretty ugly things--Margaret Sanger and birth control, which targeted poor and minority women. She cared about the financial burdens poor families faced but because she saw them as inferiors who shouldn't be allowed to grow in numbers.

Feminism in the US at least has also become sort of a code word for lesbians and their causes. And a hatred of men.

Of course Sarah Palin threw them all for a curve lol. A successful working woman with a husband, family, and pro-life, giving birth to a son with Down's Syndrome.

Keli Ata said...

I reject feminism*

Batya said...

I'm also happy to be a woman.

Anonymous said...

I want to be a possum.

Batya said...

Shy, really... Are you jealous?

Keli Ata said...

LOL Shy. You can't become a possum but you can certainly play possum if you like.

Keli Ata said...

PJ Funny Bunny! Loved that bunny. TY for the link, Shy.