The last 30 years of globalization and worshipping at the altar of the "free market" has been about one thing - the means by which TheParasitesThatBe are "harvesting" the ENTIRE PLANET. It has never been about anything but monopolizing the wealth and resources to the enrichment of a relative few and the increasing impoverishment and enslavement of everyone else.
Check out most of the "leaders" around the world the last 30 years. Most of them are traitors to their own countries while they enrich themselves. They were never there for their people, their countries - they were put there by Big Money. The world is being run by a kind of Mafia. The more power is centralised, the more powerful THEY become - that's what globalization was about - the centralization of power.
When I was growing up my father was just a manual worker on a pretty low wage but my parents had NO problem paying a mortgage. Back then they used to be 20 year mortgages. Now the standard is 30 year mortgages and you really need two people working to service the mortgage and meet the cost of living. Women were EXPECTED to stay home because running a house, being a wife and raising children was considered a full time job - and guess what? IT IS! Feminism brought some much-needed changes but the idea that women should be "free to work" came out of the heads of bored, urban, middle upper-class women lying around on chaise lounges. My older female relatives did nothing BUT work. They would have actually liked - I think - to have STOPPED working. How many times did I hear them say, "A woman's work is never done".
But traditional "women's work" - raising children, cooking healthy meals, helping sick neighbours and relatives, preserving food, washing and mending, keeping house, running or helping run a farm, sewing, crafts, running or helping run businesses......was suddenly deemed "unworthy". Women were stigmatised because they were "only housewives". How many times did you hear a woman say apologetically that she was "only a housewife"? To be "valid" one suddenly had to join the "paid workforce", act like a man and very often give even your babies over to strangers to raise. And now gee, if you're one of these "lucky, liberated" woman you too can devote your working hours to slaving away to pay off the thirty year mortgage and put enough microwave dinners on the table because god knows by the time you arrive home exhausted from working for the machine to finally see your children for an hour, the last thing you likely feel like doing is cooking a healthy meal.
Where am I going with this? When they got all the wives and mothers out of the home, where they were working for themselves, their husbands and their children, the corporations sure got a whole lot of new wage slaves didn't they? And where did/where does, most of the wages of those slaves go? Oh yes, to the BANKS to service the 30 year mortgage.
Not only that but the exhausted working mothers of today don't even know HOW to cook real food any more so they buy their food from the - tada! - corporations. Or the fast food joints. Or restaurants. Grow and preserve their own food? Once upon a time EVERY family did that, even families in cities on a quarter of an acre. They all had small orchards and grew all their own flowers, vegetables and herbs. Most of them also kept hens for the eggs and raised a few chickens. That was at a MINIMUM. Small houses, big sections/plots of land. Not now. Enormous houses with giant mortages on pocket handkerchief sizes of land, not enough room to swing a cat as they say.
But don't worry, all your pesticide, aspartame, MSG, colouring, flavouring etc riddled "food" is waiting for you at the supermarket, courtesy of the corporations.
Vegetable gardening is another lost-art amongst most of the young. Even today's young farmers tend to only know monoculture and industrial styles of farming.
All of these kinds of things people used to do for THEMSELVES - rear children, grow food, preserve food, bake, fish, sew, carve, repair their own mechanical vehicles - have been increasingly lost to The Machine and certainly one of the major drivers of The Machine is multi-national corporations whose God is Mammom, pure and simple. Make the most money, give the least value, sacrifice and suck the life out of everything which was once good, even families and children. Even sex, which used to be somewhat mysterious, sacred and special, is now just another commodity for sale. Young men can get their "sex" from the mountains of pornography on the Internet. Everything has a price-tag, nothing is sacred.
And they wonder why the youth of today are so cynical.
Are men better off today? Are women better off today? Are children better off today? Generally I think, no.
And my point here is NOT that women shouldn't be able to be in paid employment if they want to (that's a no brainer) but how SAD it is that not that many years ago parents had the CHOICE of ONE parent being able to stay home and now most parents don't. And who benefits the most from having both parents in the paid workforce? From what I've seen it's not the parents and it's certainly not the children. It's the banks and the corporations.
Honest to God, I think a lot of those "feminists" were actually the enemies of women, but don't mind me - I''ve just been irate for years that they suggested my hardworking grandmothers should be "free to work" - and I consider the "work" my grandmothers did was far more special and important than being a wage slave in a factory assembly line making goods which will be in land-fills within 3 years.