There’s quite the discussion going on over at Dr. Isis’s house about different approaches to feminism and how the actions and choices of mothers and others do or do not conform to particular feminist philosophies. I made a comment early this morning that perhaps wasn’t clear enough about where I thought the current US societal set-up fails us, so I tried again this afternoon:
I fervently hope that there could be a better way than having a woman work a “man’s job” (in my case, science professor) and then come home and work a second “woman’s job” (mother, cook, housekeeper). How many times have both Isis and I [not to mention all the other mommy-scientist bloggers] written about being sleep-deprived? about being forced to make hard choices between our science and our families?
…and I ended up starting to lay out what current utopia looks like. Here’s the heart of what I said:
My revolution looks like having all employers/professions respect that all people have lives outside of work by offering real, financially-feasible part-time, telecommuting, flexibility, paid maternity leave, etc. My revolution looks like having both parents combine to fully and equitably distribute household responsibilities. My revolution looks like having communities structured around supporting families and respecting the earth, maybe through dense developments with shared division of childcare or outside-maintenance. My revolution looks like having affordable and available local, organic food, even if I have to do some of the work to raise it (because my job allows me time to do that, see above). My revolution looks like communities that are truly built in a way to reduce dependence on cars and encourage families to get outside to walk and play.
These are just my off-the-cuff thoughts and, given more time and energy, I could add more items and more detail. But, Minnow’s naptimes are finite, laundry needs to be done, and revisions need to be finished, so instead, I’ll ask you. Does your revolution look anything like mine?