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May 11, 2013
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  • frida

    As a European, I can’t believe the conservative attitudes in the US when it comes to gender and nurturing.

    • Leandra Medine

      Let’s talk about this! Tell me more.

      • Charlotte (Paris, FRANCE)

        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.

        • Ava

          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.

        • Tatiana Popovitchenko

          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.

    • http://www.commonromance.com/ Couteau

      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.

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