October 15 , 2013
Intro to Fems
Journal Entry #7
In No Turning Back by Freedman, she discusses the idea of women in the labor
force, and how it was not always like that. Obviously, women were expected to be
housewives and up until recently, they began to be treated similarly as far as wages and
rights. The reading contains a quote that reads, “A mother with a family is an economist,
a nurse, a painter, a diplomat, and more. And yet we take back seats… We put ourselves
there. How often do you hear a colleague say, I am only a housewife.” The idea here is
that women are somewhat content with staying at home and they should not.
In Kaaryn Gustafson piece of work, “Why Privilege Marriage?” she discusses the
benefits of males and females when they share a martial bond. However, why is this norm
imposed upon this people? Females began to feel like they can only accomplish things in
a relationship and when they are not, they are deemed as unsuccessful.
In “The Mommy Tax” by Crittenden, she argues the fact that women make less
than men. Additionally, she attempts to understand why mothers have a burden
financially, politically, and laborwise when they are pregnant. Discriminating against
women because of this is “stupid” and should be abolished from society. Crittenden talks
about the levels of the Mommy Tax and how it can hurt or benefit the women, but in fact,
society should find a middle ground to make things a bit fairer.
In Parrenas reading, she discusses the issue of children in transnational families
especially in the new global economy. She states that although demand for care has increased, supply has decreased. In the Philippines, there was a huge social change due