Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weekends with Chesterton: Abortion and Feminism

There is of course a great deal more to be said. I have dealt with only one feature of Birth Control--its exceedingly unpleasant origin. I said it was purely capitalist and reactionary; I venture to say I have proved it was entirely capitalist and reactionary. But there are many other aspects of this evil thing. It is unclean in the light of the instincts; it is unnatural in relation to the affections; it is part of a general attempt to run the populace on a routine of quack medicine and smelly science; it is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands; it is ignorant of the very existence of real households where prudence comes by free-will and agreement. It has all those aspects, and many of them would be extraordinarily interesting to discuss.

This quote seemed most appropriate given the anniversary that was marked this week.  GKC saw what evil birth control was bringing to both relationships and society.  I think he would be appalled to see the destruction abortion was wrought.
I've ready a few articles lately where several famous women have spoken out about their role in their traditional marriages.  I found it rather amusing how some feminists were having fits when Gabrielle Reece, volleyball player, and Candance Cameron Bure, actress, have talked about their roles in their marriages and how they defer to their husbands as leaders. Isn't that their choice?
It's a weird, weird world we live in!

Linking up with Sarah at Amongst Lovely Things for Weekends with Chesterton.


  1. "it is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands."

    This. Exactly. I think the only explanation for why our culture sees a working woman as free and a homemaker as restrained is that we have all stopped thinking. We legalize abortion and call it women's rights because we have stopped thinking. And now we have entire generations of women who are suffering under this supposed "freedom" and "right to choose."

    This is an excellent selection for this week. Thank you for it!

    1. That part of the quote really struck me as well! It's such a crazy world where a women is throught crazy for seving her husband but ambitious for runninag around like crazy to please a boss and "climb the ladder."