“And I will go to the barricades fighting for everyone’s bodily autonomy, especially the ability to make her own reproductive decisions.”
Will you also fight for his ability to make his own reproductive choices? There are going to be a lot of clashes of interests there. One of the biggest problems with feminism is that it doesn’t understand that catchy slogans and child-like bravado cannot over-ride biology. In fact I would suggest that that is the core of your complaint in this article but you don’t see it. Blind commitment to naive feminist doctrine is the cause of the problems you speak of, and feminism certainly cannot fix it. Second wave feminism engineered it.
When you say that “the emphasis on “choice” hurts us more than it helps us” you are wrong, just like second wave feminists were wrong. Choice is not the problem. The removal of choice as a result of the ascendancy of feminism is the problem. Feminism dismissed women’s aspirations around family as some kind of sinister patriarchal plot and set about robbing women of their opportunity to make choices feminism didn’t approve of.
The result is worn out depressed women, dysfunctional children, apathetic men and people like you demanding that your choices should be paid for by others.
Whatever happened to sisters doing it for ourselves or fish not needing bicycles? This is a big mystery to me because every time I see a feminist writing an article it always seems to amount to a fish demanding a bicycle.
Here is second wave feminism’s attitude to choice delivered by Simone de Beauvoir.
"No woman should be authorised to stay at home and raise her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.”
Second wave feminism, claiming quite wrongly that it represented the interests of women in general, declared war on Mother Nature. When any ideology declares war on Mother Nature then Mother Nature is always going to win. Modern women, lonely, depressed like never before and working themselves to the bone just to survive; well they are just the collateral damage of feminism’s war.
I don’t have children and I have a good job so it doesn’t affect me so much. But do not ask me to pay for your lifestyle. That is not going to happen.
Maybe you could send the bill to Gloria Steinem.