Men with housewives are more sexist than men with working wives, says Jill Filipovic

Feminist author Jill Filipovic has said that men whose wives stay home rather than work are more sexist than men whose wives work.

The comments were sharply criticized by conservatives in the United States, where the so-called “stay-at-home moms” movement has gained popularity – working mothers are sometimes ashamed to juggle motherhood and a career.

Ms Filipovic also argued that mothers who stay at home are “psychologically and emotionally worse off” than those who choose to work.

She tweeted: “More stay-at-home moms make it worse, more sexist men who see women as moms and helpers.

“Men with housewives are more sexist than men with working women; they do not fairly assess women’s contributions to work; and they are less likely to hire and promote women.

Ms Filipovic made the comments while sharing an article she wrote challenging Matt Bruenig’s recent article in the New York Times who argued that the US government should pay parents to stay home and care for their children.

The author argued that it was not a feminist policy and that it was not “good for women” – explaining that the proposed measure would mainly impact women because they are more likely to give up their careers and take on the burden of childcare.

“Stay-at-home moms are psychologically and emotionally worse off than working moms in almost every way, from depression to anxiety to anger; they are much more likely than working mothers to say they are struggling and less likely to say they are thriving,” she also tweeted.

Ms Filipovic argued that the ‘carer/employee nuclear family model’ is very ‘isolating’ and often ‘financially devastating to the carer’ – noting that this person is a woman in the vast majority of cases.

She said: “We need a strong social welfare state. No one should live in poverty – not adults, and certainly not children. However, you do not solve this problem by paying a small allowance to mothers. You solve it by giving the poor enough money to live on, period.

Ms Filipovic called for a ‘paid parental leave policy’ which ‘strongly incentivizes men’ to be away from work for a substantial period, as she also demanded ‘universal high quality childcare’.

A study by YouGov last year found that families living in the US spend an average of £6,423 ($8,355) a year on childcare per child.

Commenting on Ms Filipovic’s comments, Joeli Brearley, chief executive and founder of UK campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed, said The Independent“The problem is that the work of ‘stay-at-home moms’ is not valued by society.

“In a relationship where one is the breadwinner and the other manages the house and the children, both parents work but only one is paid and rewarded for this work.

“This devaluation of women’s work can make stay-at-home mothers particularly susceptible to bouts of depression. Moreover, it inevitably leaves women in a more vulnerable position where they are entirely dependent on their partner for their financial stability, which results in a lack of choice if they are unhappy in the relationship and a higher propensity to be poor longer. late in life.

Ms Brearley argued that many women living in the UK are forced to stay at home rather than make a choice because ‘the system leaves them with few options’.

“In this country, we know that for two-thirds of families, childcare costs the same or more than their rent or mortgage, leaving many women in a position where they cannot afford to work. It is this lack of choice that embeds and entrenches sexism,” she added.

A previous study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development found that the UK has one of the most expensive childcare systems in the world.

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