Anyway, my friend was shocked at the idea, just as she was shocked at the idea that as it was most people WERE being raised by strangers in daycares.
This brings me to a fascinating paradox. We are supposedly living in an age when feminism won and therefore we have all become… men?
Look, I know some of you – possibly because I WAS saying heretical stuff – interpreted my blowing steam post as meaning that I wanted all women to go back to the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant.
Actually, I don’t believe in broad groups and that very much includes “male and female.” No, I don’t think that those are “social constructs” – sorry – even if some of the ways the inherent tendencies express are very much a cultural thing (after all, Elizabethan men wore make up.) BUT I do think that when you talk about the statistical female and the statistical male you are not, in fact, talking about anyone who exists. You’re talking about “in general, it is this way.” Lies, damn lies and statistics. Depending on where you hang out, you might not know a single woman who is in the center of the IQ curve, who loves shopping and whose greatest ambition in life is to have babies. (I do know some women like that. It always strikes me as offensive from a writing POV, the same way my Chinese dry cleaner annoys me. I mean, shouldn’t these roles be less stereotypical? What was the Great Author thinking?)
Bold as in the text modification, not anything I say… Anyways. This is part of why I read Mrs. Hoyt, even though we don’t always agree. (she’s far more idealistic than I am, in a Libertarian direction)