Feminist Blogger Says The Unspeakable

H.E. of the Enlightenment Project responds to the widely-emailed New York Times article about potty training tiny babies.


Why use diapers? Because we don't want to carry babies on our hips or be "physically entwined" with toddlers for most of the day. It's a matter of adult convenience not a cultural psychological bathroom fixations or the value we place on making our children independent. It's a matter of the value we place on our own independence, our own legitimately selfish desire not to be bothered by little kids.

Throughout human history and in places like China, India and Kenya women haven't been valued--our time wasn't worth anything. Our only job was to drudge for our husbands, children and extended families--carrying babies on our hips all day, making sure to put them on the pot before they pooped, carrying jugs of water on our heads, grinding meal, cooking whole grains from scratch and all the other labor-intensive fruits-and-nuts-approved activities that impose drudge work on women and eat up our time.
Read the whole thing. It's a great essay about how various high-maintenance "progressive" parenting fads turn out to be very regressive in terms of their demands on (typically female) caregivers.

[The Enlightenment Project]

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