Re: Educational brainstorming -Reply

Guy Giffard (
Tue, 26 May 1998 22:36:21 -0400 (EDT)

> What does this statement imply about a homogenous group of "single
> women?" You ask it as though it is a ridiculous question. Ask it in
> reverse, "how many single men do you know who would keep dating a woman
> whose main ambition was to be a stay-at-home mom?" How ridiculous does
> that sound? It sounds pretty common-- traditional and patriarchal, but
> pretty common.
> Whatever your response to the e-mail, this message got nothing across but
> sexist stereotyping. Women do get little credit for raising children. This
> is why childcare is so undervalued in society: women are primarily
> responsible. What is identified as female and feminine in a social
> structure that does not value women is devalued. If more men stayed at home
> with the children, taught elementary education, day care, the value and the
> pay would increase.
> Alexa Adamo
> Women's Studies Graduate Student
> Georgia State University
> gs09ama@panther.Gsu.EDU
Precedence: bulk

Implying that single women form a "homogenous group" is your idea, not
mine. Of course, reacting the way you do allows you to avoid answering
a simple (but possibly embarrassing) question.

As for women's role being undervalued: if women were being really
considered as having no importance, they would be the ones used as cannon
fodder when there's a war, while men would safely stay behind and hope
their wives would come back in one piece.

Guy Giffard

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