As a European, I can’t believe the conservative attitudes in the US when it comes to gender and nurturing.
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Unlike in the US, abortion isn’t constantly being challenged in Europe, there is a solid consensus on this issue for twenty or thirty years. Also, no one here debate anymore on whether moms should be working or not. In the US, being a stay-at-home mom is well regarded, it is seen as a luxury that only wealthy women can afford but in France, it’s seen in a negative way, it’s socially demeaning because typically the few french stay-at-home moms are provincial (ie non-parisian, hick) bigoted catholics rising 4+ children and unable/unwilling to free themselves from their husband’s pater potestas.
Probably stems in part from Simone de Beauvoir’s exclamation that if women were given the choice between a career and staying home, they would choose to stay home therefore women should not be given the option.
I am also living in Europe, and have many French friends. This is an entirely untrue statement. Abortion is not black and white anywhere in the world (except probably Vatican City.).
While I agree that in the US fewer woman have the choice to stay at home, therein lies the problem. The above focuses the issue on the “characters” (read: hicks vs Parisian- as if they were not both the same species…) of the women. The issue of feminism needs to lie on the *choice.* (Nice quote below from @ea88196f591dee16b3fd7d0b984e3e72:disqus.). This is the main difference between most European nations and the US.
And just for the record, not all Catholics are bigots.
What do you mean?
My feeling is that it’s become unPC to acknowledge gender differences in the American public sphere. Almost like you have to be a Man Repeller, instead of having man repelling moments or phases.