Our culture has been steered by feminism for a few generations, and there is now a huge crater where there might have been healthy, happy families. On top of that, our society has been rocked by many other significant changes in technology, medicine, economics… the list could go on. In the midst of all that change and confusion, it’s difficult to know what a healthy, happy, Christian family should look like.
Here’s one example of what I’m talking about from the article I’ve linked to:
Second, the nuclear family as a standard unit of social life is a relatively new and isolating phenomenon. Wives returning from work to an apartment or house are expecting their husbands to fulfill all the emotional and conversational needs that were once fulfilled by other women of multiple generations throughout the agrarian workday in the fields or at home (where the burdens of childcare and eldercare were group shared).
This rang true to me. I was recently talking with a man in my church, and I realized that his wife was expecting him to do just what Paglia was describing: to “fulfill all the emotional and conversational needs that were once fulfilled by other women of multiple generations…” I counseled him that they wouldn’t make it if that kept up, and I urged him to make sure that his wife get support from other women.
There were other good things to chew on in this article, and it left me wanting more… but from a Christian author.