1. Elizabeth says:

    May 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    “Feminism is about choice. It’s not about what you choose. It’s the freedom to have the choice to work or stay at home with your children.” Thank you. It seems like a no-brainer to me, but apparently its not. My father is sitting around waiting for me to go back to work full time because I’m “too smart” to stay home. Even my lifelong SAHM Mother-in-Law seems to think I should be heading back to work any time now. Whatever. This IS work. Very challenging and worthwhile work. And as much as I’m convinced the early years are very important, I am absolutely sure that children need our presence and focus just as much as they go through school. So just because Olivia is no longer a baby does not mean that I’m ready to send her off to daycare. I’m certainly not knocking families that choose this route, but it is not for me. I feel very fortunate to be able to make choices for myself and my family that are best for us. Feminism at its finest.

  2. Alex@LateEnough says:

    May 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    While I agree the goal (or one of the goals) of feminism is choice, we are far from having choice in many professions such as medicine or politics. If all the women leave instead of pushing back, will these areas create more choice because it’d be nice to have women stay? Or will they just continue on as they are? I don’t think AP is anti-feminist except when it’s touted as the only way or the best way and when it’s only pushed for moms and not dads.
    Ps. For the record, I left medicine to stay home with my kids, i consider mysrlf a feminist but not for leaving, and I practiced many but not all of AP by instinct not by conscience choice.

    • Martha says:

      May 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Good poinT about the other professions Alex. I agree that we cannot tout any parenting method as the only way nor should we point the AP method only at moms. We’ve got a long way to go. My point was that we cannot say that working is the only feminist choice, either.

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