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A defense of the stay-at-home mom, a.k.a. SAHM( Alex Nabaum / For The Times )
New York magazine's article "The Retro Wife," about how feminists are bucking their NYC careers in favor of becoming stay-at-home moms, ignited a fierce debate.
Is feminism the opportunity to make the choice between having career versus becoming a SAHM? Or is feminism the pursuit of equality, in which both men and women have the same opportunities in the workplace? Or has the concept morphed into a hybrid of both?
At the time, I argued that if a woman chooses to pursue a career, her gender shouldn't become an obstacle, whether she has children or not -- just like her male colleagues. Yet if she chooses to stay at home, we should support the decision -- just as we should when men become stay-at-home dads. But I also included this caveat, via feminist icon Beyonce, who told GQ:
"I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. [...] Let's face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what's sexy. And men define what's feminine. It's ridiculous."
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