I have been thinking about Teresa’s post patriarchy hates families, not just women since I read it yesterday. I definitely agree with her thesis, if not all the specifics. The government and society in general have it out for intact families.
The tax code, welfare system, and financial aid of several kinds have all traditionally penalized those in intact, two-parent, married households. I have read that employers used to (pre-WWII) pay men a “living wage.” It would allow them to live reasonably and support what people would refer to now as a bigger sized family (3-4 kids). It is difficult to do that since the time when society started to discriminate against “traditional” families without giving up some of the “perks” which are a given in most households (cable TV, two cars, etc.).
While I would not consider myself a feminist as she does, I agree with her diatribe against the “patriarchy” and that women fight amongst themselves to our own detriment. I am pro-family, not anti-woman. In Teresa’s conclusion, she calls on the feminists (indeed, all women) to empower those who put their family first.
Until we as a society consistently teach our children that the family is the bedrock of our civilization upon which everything else is built, the ‘hand that rocks the cradle‘ will be seen as weak.
Raise your kids to respect and honor what each parent does. Speak out and show an example of your inner strength. Try, one child at a time, to change the future. We each have to do our part.