15 February 2014
I am reviewing Allan C. Carlson’s new book, The Natural Family Where It Belongs: New Agrarian Essays (Click Here if you would like to begin with Part 1 of this series).
“The core equity feminist dilemma, of course, is that this movement—like all modern ideological movements—is at war with human nature.”
“In the fields of human biology and biochemistry, for example, dramatic findings highlight the important effects of hormonal and psychological differences between women and men: in everything from the functioning of the nervous system and the brain to emotional drives. These lessons, of course, do not teach that one sex is “better” than or “superior” to the other; such claims are at once wrong and irrelevant. The true lesson is the remarkable complimentarity of woman and man; in the creation of families and in the rearing of children, men and women are designed to work together, each bringing special gifts and aptitudes which make the union greater or stronger than the sum of its parts.”
What is the opposite of feminism? Allan Carlson says it is maternalism. I never knew that. I like the sound of the word. Maternalism. Yes, I like that.
I sure am thankful that my mother was a maternalist instead of a feminist. And my grandmothers too. There isn't a doubt in my mind that I am the recipient of the blessings that come into families and lives because of maternalism.