For What Are You Responsible?

Women are equipped with the biological equipment necessary for child birth, but because of that it is often expected that women will automatically take up the dominant role in nurturing and parenting. But what if women were to forgo such expectations and head back to work right away? What if the father or a nanny were to take the lead role in parenting instead? The question of what exactly women are responsible for is a major issue since the societal reaction to abandoning stereotypical maternal responsibilities is often outward shock and disapproval. But just because there is an expected maternal role does not mean there should be an inherent responsibility. Although the mother should be responsible for the child’s physical and emotional wellbeing, the entire load of responsibility for child rearing should not fall solely to a woman just because she has a uterus. The reason why we don’t see more women abandoning expected responsibilities is because “social norms play a large part in why so few marriages are truly equal….it is rare that you choose something you have never seen” (Belkin 5). Women should not be automatically responsible for bringing up the children, but society often guilts them into it. This is why, for instance, there are numerous blogs popping up dedicated solely to working moms such as http://www.workingmomsagainstguilt.com/ and http://liberatingworkingmoms.com/.

Belkin, Lisa. “When Mom and Dad Share It All.” NY Times. 15 June 2008. Web. 01 Dec 2013.

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