Controversial feminist author Jill Filipovic preaches the “overwhelmingly negative consequences” of stay-at-home moms — and social media watchdogs are coming for them.
Filipovic, 38, detailed her stance that these moms see “worse, sexist” men – and women who are “worse mentally and emotionally” – in a now viral report Twitter thread published on Tuesday.
Expanding on her latest Substack essay — “It’s a bad idea to pay women to stay at home” – The Brooklyn-based writer and attorney tweeted her thoughts on the matter in response to a recent New York Times guest column champions the benefits of paying parents to stay home.
“However, the problem with paying people to stay at home with children is that (1) we mostly don’t talk about ‘people’, we talk about mothers; and (2) pushing women out of work has overwhelmingly negative consequences,” begins the thread from the outspoken author of 2020’s OK, Boomer, Let’s Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind.
Filipovic noted that starting families in a more traditional sense — also known as the “carer/bringer nuclear family model” — is a historical oddity “that is enormously isolating and often financially devastating for the carers (almost always a woman).”
“It also reinforces the gender division of labor that affects all women,” she continued. She then recommended a “robust welfare state” instead of “paying the mothers a small stipend.”
“More moms at home make it worse, more sexist men seeing women as moms. Men with housewives are more sexist than men with working wives,” the attorney said, explaining her views on gender balance to the Twitter verse. “[Men] Don’t judge the contributions of women in the workplace [fairly]; and they are less likely to hire and promote women.”
Filipovic claimed that “in almost every way, stay-at-home mothers are worse off mentally and emotionally than working mothers.” She claimed that these mothers suffered from anger, depression and anxiety.
She also suggested that “a better model” is a paid parental leave policy that “provides a strong incentive for men to also take significant time off from work.”
“Especially in the first few weeks,” she continued. ” [A} child can be cared for at home by its parents for the first year of life. Then universal high-quality childcare [can be added].”
The Seattle native concluded that those in power “should just give people a little extra money when they have babies and not make people live in poverty.” Filipovic claimed that “several European countries have done so child supportand that makes sense.”
Some commenters on the social media platform agreed with the author’s point of view – while many others delved into the harsh defense of a woman’s right to choose motherhood over a career.
“Why not just let women vote? Not everyone wants to sit in a windowless booth all day. Some women love freedom and fresh air. Not everyone is wired for the rat race,” one claimed Social Media Commentator.
Another Twitter critic offered a personal anecdote: “Um, my mom was never happier than when she stayed at home. Physical abuse by me ensued. I have never worked or laid a finger on any of my children, nor would I. I dispute your conclusion.
“Yes yes yes to allllll”, one shouted.
Other added“Exactly! Women expect too much these days, but that’s their business and I try not to worry about what they think.”
Another one wondered, “Why are Americans so desperate to change America’s fundamental qualities? Self-reliance is what America is about, not making America our neighbors who base their constitutions on ours. We are the example, not a work in progress.”
Meanwhile, this isn’t Filipovic’s first exposure to internet shame via since-deleted Twitter thread rants: in 2018, she encouraged wives to do so “Divorce Your Republican Husbands” following Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation — and warned Democrats to commit in 2020 “No white man will run for president in the next cycle.”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/13/feminist-author-says-stay-at-home-moms-produce-more-sexist-men/ The feminist author says stay-at-home moms produce more “sexist” men