American culture can't accept the reality of a woman who does not want to be a mother.It goes against everything we've been taught to think about women and how desperately they want babies.detergents,” all sold through commercials and magazines.Today, American women have more public images of themselves than that of a housewife.But that's what makes the public images of total motherhood so insidious.We see these diverse images of ourselves and believe that the oppressive standard Friedan wrote about is dead, when in fact it has simply shifted.Because no matter how many different kinds of public images women see of themselves, they're still limited.
These women simply don't feel that motherhood is all it's cracked up to be, and if given a second chance, they wouldn't do it again. Many complained of partners who didn't shoulder their share of child care responsibilities.
DS wrote, “I feel like I have completely lost any thing that was me.
I never imagined having children and putting myself aside would make me feel this bad.” The expectation of total motherhood is bad enough, having to live it out every day is soul crushing.
But legislators made a major logistical error: They failed to implement an age limitation for dropped-off children.
Within just weeks of the law passing, parents started dropping off their kids. A couple of months in, 36 children had been left in state hospitals and police stations. A 51-year-old grandmother dropped off a 12-year-old boy.
Everything that made us an individual, that made us unique, no longer matters. Not much has changed.“The feminine mystique permits, even encourages, women to ignore the question of their identity,” wrote Betty Friedan.