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Ellen Willis and Nona Willis Aronowitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681204

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681204.001.0001

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The Diaper Manifesto

The Diaper Manifesto

We Need a Child-Rearing Movement

(p.297) The Diaper Manifesto
The Essential Ellen Willis

Nona Willis Aronowitz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the debate over child rearing within the context of sexual equality. The influx of mothers into the labor force has produced a child care crisis with radical implications for the family, work, and the condition of women. For purposes of media agonizing, the problem has been defined in narrowly pragmatic, thoroughly sexist terms: how to get mothers enough help so they can keep doing their double duty, inside and outside the home. If there is any issue that can revitalize contemporary feminism, this is surely it. But it’s not simply a question of getting out there and organizing. Feminists need to have to have a vision, to figure out what they really want. Feminist thinking on the family centered on the relations between men and women, rather than parents and children. They must fight for economic and social support through a radical child-rearing movement that can operate on several fronts at once. In addition to demanding a national child care program, such movement should immediately raise the issue of work.

Keywords:   child rearing, sexual equality, mothers, child care, family, work, women, feminism, parents, children

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