The destruction of motherhood in the 1960s was the beginning of the recent moral decline of the human race, especially in the United States.
The nonfiction book, The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan, “…is widely credited with sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism in the United States” (Friedan). It “begins with an introduction describing what Friedan called “the problem that has no name”—the widespread unhappiness of women in the 1950s and early 1960s. It discusses the lives of several housewives from around the United States who were unhappy despite living in material comfort and being happily married with fine children” (Friedan).
As a result of Friedan emphasizing that a woman’s happiness will be achieved when she places her wants first, motherhood is no longer respected. Forty-nine years of feminist indoctrination in our schools and communities has led to the fall of the strongest role a woman is chosen to embrace; motherhood.
Furthermore, Betty Friedan’s attempt at portraying women as victims became a reality, so children were suffering from emotional abuse and neglect. Mothers began to become narcissistic because of a sense of entitlement.
The less women did to nurture the dignity of their children, the more society began to self destruct.
Interestingly, Friedan documented loads of studies on how the oppression of women was destroying culture, and families would benefit from women’s superiority. Yet the needs of the human beings who can’t thrive without a mothers nurturing were completely ignored.
“Friedan discusses the fact that many children have lost interest in life or emotional growth, attributing the change to the mother’s own lack of fulfillment, a side effect of the feminine mystique. When the mother lacks a self, Friedan notes, she often tries to live through her children, causing the children to lose their own sense of themselves as separate human beings with their own lives” (Friedan).
“She also advocates a new life plan for her women readers, including not viewing housework as a career, not trying to find total fulfillment through marriage and motherhood alone, and finding meaningful work that uses their full mental capacity. She discusses the conflicts that some women may face in this journey to self-actualization, including their own fears and resistance from others. Friedan ends her book by promoting education and meaningful work as the ultimate method by which American women can avoid becoming trapped in the feminine mystique, calling for a drastic rethinking of what it means to be feminine, and offering several educational and occupational suggestions” (Friedan).
Seriously? Enough of this nonsense! It is time for women to defect from mom-culture and assume their dignity.
Motherhood is not a problem, nor is it lacking in rewards. In fact, women who accept the gift of motherhood have a beautiful aura of grace because of their selflessness. Their work is meaningful because they are the key to the next generations choices.
When mother’s covet their intuitive role, and place their families first without losing their own dignity, children grow up and thrive, and husbands cherish their wives with love, respect, and gifts.
What woman doesn’t want the adulation of the people she loves the most? One must wonder about any woman who places her own wants above those she loves because that is just plain evil.
Moreover, the mystique that Friedan destroyed in the intuitive nature of women, are the virtues we no longer witness in the character of many human beings. Psychopaths and sociopaths are the result of miserable parenting, and narcissistic personality disorder.
Women who cultivate a spirit of love, respect, compassion, loyalty, self-discipline, responsibility, work ethic, chastity, prudence, and fortitude reap precisely what they sew. Learned children who grow up to become noble adults.
If Our Blessed Mother Mary had wondered about a lack of self, Jesus wouldn’t have fulfilled God’s plan for salvation. If Abe Lincoln’s mother was never home he wouldn’t have become the President who worked to free slaves. If Jaycee Lee Dugard had not seen the grace of her children after being kidnapped, raped, and held hostage for 18 years she never would have hoped for freedom.
Right now, Procter and Gamble is airing commercials that demonstrate the reward of selfless mothering, as they applaud Olympic contenders and their mothers.
Obviously there is a priceless reward for unconditional motherhood. As Edith Stein so eloquently stated, “Our country needs what women are.”