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[Sally C. Pipes] 10/20/05
presidents are any indication, the path to the elite echelons
runs through places like Yale University. Those selecting that
seem to have goals somewhat at odds with elite expectations and feminist
submitted a questionnaire to students and found that 60 percent
of female respondents said that they intend to stop working
once they have children. Once the children are in school, they
intend to work part time, if they work at all. According to
the New York Times students at other elite universities
share this sentiment.
Getting into places like Yale is no easy matter. These students
know what they want, both in college and afterward. What others
want for them, however, is a different story.
Consider Karen Stabiner,
author of My Girl: Adventures with a Teen in Training. Writing
in the venerable Los Angeles Times,
Stabiner laments that the female students at Yale want a "cushy
landing." Their plans amount to this: "Work is but
a way-station. A woman's place is in the home."
In other words, the decision of a female student to set aside
a career and raise children amounts to a manifesto for all women.
That, of course, doesn't follow. Women who choose to raise children
are not likely to describe that task as a cushy job.
"These future moms betray a startling combination of naiveté and
privilege," charges Stabiner. They will need wealthy husbands,
she says, and they must ignore the reality that half of marriages
end in divorce. Worse, the students have to "ignore the
history of the women's movement." According to Stabiner,
they need to turn back the clock and understand why Betty Friedan
wrote The Feminine Mystique. No word on how many of the students
and their mothers, have decided that such a dreary tome just
isn't for them.
Stabiner accuses the future stay-at-home mothers with ignoring
the rising number of working couples, and the number of women
in the workforce. Remember that these students are not opting
out of a career entirely. They just want to stop working full
time once the children come along. Stabiner doesn't like this
and keeps piling on the abuse.
"They seem to have learned one lesson – I'm in it
for me – far too well, confusing personal comfort with
Think about that for
a moment. In this view, those who temporarily set aside a career
to raise children are out only for themselves.
Those who toil on are apparently selfless, socially conscious,
and contributing to "progress," conveniently left undefined.
Stabiner cites Peter
Salovey, a Yale dean who laments that so few students were
able to think outside the box, gender-wise.
Actually, they are thinking outside the box -- the one constructed
for them by Betty Friedan and company. For Stabiner, who describes
herself as a working mother, it is a "Tiffany's box," part
of a "retro-scenario" that requires law school and "the
husband with bucks."
It is possible, she
concedes, that by staying at home the Yale coeds want better
children, in which case Stabiner wants more
opportunities for everybody to stay home. The only other possibility,
as she sees it, is that the students are "wrong, and in
their smugness have managed to insult every mother in this country
who needs to work."
Yes, the Yale ladies
doubtless lack compassion for their callous, self-centered
plans. Worse, their stay-home logic leads to the
awful reality that some turn out "better than others."
That happens to be
true everywhere, regardless of gender, because of personal
differences, effort, and choice. That is also why
Karen Stabiner has "nothing but anger" at the career
plans of the Yale coeds. Retro-feminism is reactionary. It wants
sameness and uniformity, equality of results rather than equal
opportunity, groupthink rather than diversity, and obedience
to icons rather than choice. That's why Yale coeds who think
and plan for themselves will be the targets of abuse from the
feminist benches. tRO
2005 Pacific Research Institute