• Mon, Nov 26 2012

Carla Bruni, Queen Elizabeth & Fox News Remind Us A Woman’s Place Is In The Home

Is it international get-women-back-in-the-kitchen-week or something? From Carla Bruni pitting feminism against family life to the Queen of England’s motherhood comments to some Phyllis Schlafly wannabe on Fox News ranting about the ‘war on men‘ — there seems to be a preponderance of working-women shaming and 50s mystique yearning this week. And it’s only Monday.

The former French first lady’s comments come from an interview in the January issue of French Vogue magazine, which comes out Dec. 1. In it, Bruni declares feminism obsolete and professes her love for the simple pleasures of home:

“We don’t need to be feminist in my generation,” she said. “I’m not at all an active feminist. On the contrary, I’m a bourgeouis. I love family life, I love doing the same thing every day.”

So do I! And I AM a feminist! So … maybe this is a classic case of apples & oranges, Carla? Like, see, if I said:

“We don’t need to be feminist in my generation. On the contrary, I’m a Gemini. I love blueberries, I love going for long walks on the beach.”

That really doesn’t make any sense, does it? Since feminism has nothing to do with blueberries, beaches or astrological signs and all. SAME PRINCIPLE with being bourgie, darling. Liking or disliking family life is a non-issue in terms of the need or lack thereof for feminism.

[Also, I love that we don't need feminism because ... Carla Bruni doesn't? Second bulletin to Bruni: There are women with different lives, issues and problems than your own.]

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  • Dolly

    You don’t know what you’re missing….being a stay-at-home mom and housewife is the best profession out there. You can actually have a family and a marriage, versus seeing your kids and husband only in the evening and the morning.

    • Donna

      If your husband is at work and your kids are at school, you also only see them in the morning and evening. Why doesn’t it bother you that your husband can’t spend as much time as you do with your children. They are his kids too. Welcome to the year 2012 where working women can and do have marriages and families.

    • J.R.

      I don’t think the author is necessarily against being a stay-at-home mom (I, personally, would love that opportunity some day). The problem is that if women choose not to stay home for whatever reason and end up competing with men in the workplace, they should not be blamed for the subset of men who then choose not to get married or for destroying the relationship between men and women, which the original article suggests.

      And none of us should have to change who we are (to an extreme degree) to make “marriageable men…come out of the woodwork” whatever our choices may be. There are enough people in the world for everyone to find who they are looking for eventually be it “mail-order Russian brides” or a woman who wants to stay home with her family or one who wants a career alongside her husband (or maybe her husband would want to stay home?! My boyfriend says he would love to stay home with the kids…). That’s the beauty of the time we live in now.

  • mm

    What I found interesting about the War on Men article was the fact that it was a woman writing it. A woman who has published books and is writing for a major “news” website. Meaning, she is successful. She’s exactly the woman she’s condemning. Sure, her books are about how to land a man (or something, I think) and her article is on the biggest joke news source ever….but it is still success. If she really feels like she claims to feel, she should stop trying to have a career and get back to that sink full of dishes that need washing. So hypocritical.