Feminism v. Femininity: the Threat to Woman's Identity, the main topic that I addressed in Washington earlier this year, has now been published by the New Oxford Review. The presentation comes to an outspoken conclusion at which, possibly, some may take offense. Others will hopefully take up the challenges it puts forward. That of course was my intention. In any case, I have a much more provocative article coming up for publication soon.
Sexual complementarity (topic of my other Washington address, "Masculinity & Femininity: the Enchantment of Complementarity") is a notion that is being eroded day by day. Nowadays sexual activity requires no complement. It can be lived 'virtually' in the cybernetic world. It can be lived in isolating solitariness, on one's own, It can be lived with anyone or anything; or with no one or nothing. It only needs satisfaction, not a complement. And yet, sexual complementarity is not only a divine idea, a gift of God from the start of creation. From the natural point of view, it is filled with promise and mystery. It is a human treasure whose rejection or trivialization eats away the fabric of society and leads inevitably to the collapse of civilized living.
Regarding "Woman and the Cardinal Virtue of Prudence", some readers have taken objection to my suggestion that a woman cannot be "successful" in combining the role of a mother [of young children, be it understood] with an outside job; and wonder if in my view working mothers are necessarily mediocre and inferior. I hold no such view. I know many mothers upon whom sheer necessity imposes an outside job; and they are heroic. Yet I know many others for whom outside work is not so imposed, but corresponds rather to their (and no doubt their husbands') desire to maintain a "higher" standard of living, choosing at the same time to have fewer children. What seems to me 'mediocre' is the choice they have made; mediocre both for themselves and for their children.
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