American women all share a common bond when it comes to parenting: The scrutiny of men. As a man and a liberal, it’s sometimes difficult to see eye to eye with the typical “macho guy” perspective, as I’ve spent the better part of my wife defending and fighting for women’s rights. Like most people with an IQ over Republican, I understand that women aren’t inferior in ANY way. In fact, they’re far superior in so many ways that the more enlightened of us are pretty stoked they let us hang around at all.
It’s been pointed out that I’m in the minority. Not only is my opinion not common, but in “socially acceptable” male circles I’d be ridiculed and labeled a “feminist.” Nobody can explain why that’s a bad thing, just that it’s what I am. Alright then, as a bonafide feminist, I can honestly say that women get a raw deal. The sh*t end of the stick if you will. Women around the world are treated horribly in general. In less socially evolved countries, women have no voice at all. In pillars of progressive idealism, women are still playing second fiddle to men.
Here in America, women are still seen as objects first and people second. Their rights are constantly under attack. Equality is a constant struggle. They’re paid less for the same jobs, often with the “human capital” excuse tossed in their faces. What’s human capital? It’s the theory that a woman is worth less because she chooses to take on the role of “mom,” which takes her away from the workplace.
Yes, that’s a real thing. These women who choose to be “moms” don’t deserve to be equals. Never has there been a more absurd reason to explain sexism and corporate greed.
As it turns out, those “moms” are pretty important. They do some pretty necessary stuff. Like giving birth…to everyone. Without Mom there’s only Dad, who without mom is just some guy with no chance of ever having a family. Moms are the foundation of life. They provide us with our ability to…exist. To demonize them for it is the worst of social injustices.
That’s what I can take from the issue, as a politically active, liberal male feminist. A friend and colleague pointed out this video, which takes my very limited experience of being a woman — none — and allows me to understand that no matter what situation a mom in America is in, she faces impossible critics.
The woman being deaf is irrelevant, other than a deaf woman screaming makes for a good headline. What are important are her message and her advice at the end. And to all you moms and moms to be out there, not everyone thinks this way. Some of us have been and always will be on your side.
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