Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A Case for Women's Liberation
I live a life of ultimate women's liberation. My freedom is abundant and life-giving. I truly am blessed among women. I, Enola Gay, a stay-at-home wife and mother am the poster child for a new breed of women libbers.
Traditionally, women's lib has been associated with breaking the bonds of a restrictive home-centered life and pursuing the "fulfilling" passions of life beyond the family. It has been about the "self" focused desires of women to stand on "equal" footing with men. Unfortunately, rather than women achieving their longed for freedom, women's lib has effectively shackled women with the responsibilities of both women and men.
When I was growing up, I bought into the "new normal" for women. I eschewed the thought of marriage and children, embracing the idea of being independent, powerful and marvelously free. I left my family home, moved to the city and went to work, enthusiastically embracing my new found "freedom".
Little by little, I realized that my "freedom" was nothing more than an illusion. I had embraced women's liberation and in doing so I had shackled myself to the responsibilities traditionally shouldered by men.
Ten years I lost. Ten years of doubling my burden. For ten years I carried the responsibilities of both a man and a woman. And then I woke up. I left the false world of "women's liberation" and became truly liberated. I was liberated from being responsible for financially supporting my family. I was liberated from working for someone else for mere money. I was liberated from having to go to work when I was sick or when my children were ill. I was liberated from having to put aside my passions and desires simply because I had to collect a pay check. I was liberated from working for someone else and was finally allowed to simply work for my family and myself. I was liberated indeed.
Today, my husband got up and went to work. It was 5°. He works outside. And his knee is still sore from knee surgery. But he went to work. He went to work because it is his job to support our family. He doesn't particularly like his job, but he does it anyway. Why? Because that is his burden and he does it because he loves us. My husband has relieved me of the job of living in a man's world. I don't have to work outside when it is 5°. I don't have to do physical labor with a sore knee. I am liberated.
As a stay-at-home wife I have tremendous freedom. I have the freedom to pursue dreams that would have been unattainable had I not left the working world. I have the freedom to cultivate creativity, to create a beautiful home and to freely minister to all of the people that I love. I have the freedom to work for eternal purposes, not just monetary gain. I have the freedom to be a woman - nothing more, nothing less - just what I was created to be.
I can't tell you how thankful I am to have been liberated. I am so glad that I do not have to bear the burden of both man and woman, that I am free to fully embrace my wonderful, abundant life. Oh, the blessings of true women's liberation.