Every time I hear a “feminist” spout off on a topic she knows nothing about I have to fight back the vomit. Does Amy really not get it?
First of all, getting married and having kids ARE milestones. Not everyone can do either, even fewer can do both. Well ok, let’s compromise. Pretty much anyone can GET married. It’s STAYING married that takes commitment and the ability to put someone else’s needs above your own. Clearly divorce rates show that this is not as easily achieved as one might think.
As for having babies, roughly half of the worlds population lacks the actual biological components, and those who do have the correct parts are not guaranteed an ability to produce a child. Add in the fact that a growing number of women abort their children and your total number of women who can successfully bring a baby to term has been significantly decreased.
Based on your article I will assume you have been unable to do either, so maybe it’s not as easy as you think.
Second, why is backpacking through Asia such a big deal? Is that supposed to be hard? How hard can it be to strap on a backpack and hike. Hell, I do that every summer. Throw me a party already. Getting a promotion? Landing a dream job? These tasks require hard work but not necessarily skill. Have you ever had an idiot for a boss? Yeah, getting promoted isn’t exactly rocket science. You know what IS rocket science? Building a rocket for science class. Can you do that?
I read a great article on Cracked.com by David Wong titled ‘6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person.’ #6 is “The World Only Cares About What It Can Get from You. That statement is pretty self explanatory and so I have to ask you, what do you have to offer?
Can you prepare food for people? Not just small numbers but large groups? Can you, when presented with a specific budget, go out and purchase the food and prepare the meals?
I can. That makes me a chef.
If you fell off your high horse and suffered a concussion or broken arm, would you know what to do without calling the hospital? When does a head injury need stitches? Do you know?
I do. That makes me a doctor.
Can you repair a washing machine or a dryer? Can you fix a leaking faucet or patch drywall? How about that sink that won’t stop running, can you fix it?
I can. That makes me a contractor and repairman.
Can you teach another person to walk? To swim? To read?
I can. That makes me a teacher.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg. I, along with every other mom whether at-home or at-work, has developed a variety of skills you won’t find in every workplace.
You are right about doing laundry. It is not comparable to being a doctor. But being a mediocre writer isn’t comparable to raising the next generation of thinkers, inventors, teachers, doctors, scientists, and innovators either. So again I ask, what do you have to offer?
Shorter version is, tomorrow I could become a writer and replace you. It might take an hour or two to learn about what you do, but the fact is you are easily replaceable. I am not. You could not replace me. You don’t have the skills. And when the Zombie apocalypse hits and skills other than ‘writing‘ are necessary, you’re getting left outside the fence. Try not to get eaten.