Quoting Quiverfull: Using Roosevelt to Justify Gender Roles and Motherhood?

Quoting Quiverfull: Using Roosevelt to Justify Gender Roles and Motherhood? October 25, 2016

quotingquiverfullby Teddy Roosevelt as quoted by Tim Bayly of Bayly Blog – Teddy Roosevelt on Motherhood…

Editor’s note: Tim Bayly is also doubling down on the gender roles in this nation by reaching all the way back to a speech given by President Teddy Roosevelt in the last century. It was given to the Congress of Mothers. While it’s not surprising that someone a hundred years ago gave a speech promoting motherhood to mothers, in this speech he also promoted some rather good and very liberal for time ideas of education for women and equality in marriage partnerships. Bayly has nothing to say about those things even if we know all these QF guys hate those two ideas.s

There are certain old truths which will be true as long as this world endures, and which no amount of progress can alter. One of these is the truth that the primary duty of the husband is to be the home-maker, the breadwinner for his wife and children, and that the primary duty of the woman is to be the helpmate, the housewife, and mother. The woman should have ample educational advantages; but save in exceptional cases the man must be, and she need not be, and generally ought not to be, trained for a lifelong career as the family breadwinner; and, therefore, after a certain point, the training of the two must normally be different because the duties of the two are normally different. This does not mean inequality of function, but it does mean that normally there must be dissimilarity of function. On the whole, I think the duty of the woman the more important, the more difficult, and the more honorable of the two; on the whole I respect the woman who does her duty even more than I respect the man who does his.

Which makes me wonder what Bayly thinks of this bit later on in the same speech…

I believe in the woman keeping her self-respect just as I believe in the man doing so. I believe in her rights just as much as I believe in the man’s, and indeed a little more; and I regard marriage as a partnership, in which each partner is in honor bound to think of the rights of the other as well as of his or her own.

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders, cultural enforcers and those that seek to keep women submitted to men and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.

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