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  •  I think we should look at (4+ / 0-)

    this 'I work hard', as a given, meaning all women work hard, no matter if they are at home or at work.  Just take that at face value.  Women have been denigrated since forever for 'staying at home and taking care of the children'. I don't think we should look at the hardness of work at home vs work outside the home.

    I think we should make it a point that the Romneys have been working at making it harder for women to work at home.  Since Mitt brought Ann into it, and she seems to willing to take that role, the framing should be that the Romneys have been making it harder and harder for women to work at home, being against women's healthcare, children's healthcare, women and children's SSI, public transportation, public education (not just K-12 but university as well), against even Medicare and Social Security, so even the grandparents can't stay home to take care of the kids.

    Speaking of which, in my opinion "women" should be taken out of the frame: we should say that the Romney's are making it harder and harder for ANYONE to stay home to take care of the children.

    "Conservatives care from conception to crowning." VetGrl " It's just a matter of time before the Republicans realize the Ten Commandments are "regulations."" TriassicSands

    by sailmaker on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 09:37:45 AM PDT

    •  Playing traffic cop (0+ / 0-)

      over the household help is not hard work, unless you are blond etc. etc.

      •  In my opinion (0+ / 0-)

        we should not go into the 'hardness' of work at home vs. work outside the home, for anyone.  We can go down the 'mile in someone else's moccasins' road', arguing about the hardness, and even relevancy of staying at home, but in my opinion this is an emotional distraction that will convert no one, which distracts from what should be the real issue: the 'choice' to stay at home  by anyone (mother, father, grandmother, grandfather) is being taken away by Republican party policies.

        "Conservatives care from conception to crowning." VetGrl " It's just a matter of time before the Republicans realize the Ten Commandments are "regulations."" TriassicSands

        by sailmaker on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 10:23:48 AM PDT

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        •  And, see, in my opinion (0+ / 0-)

          We should not buy into the idea that you're utterly useless to society unless you can be classified as a "worker" in some fashion.  I think that's why society tends to write off the concerns of the elderly, the disabled, and children.  Not important, because they're not "productive."  I don't think we need to find some way to equate being a mom and homemaker with selling labor to the privileged classes.  I think we need to fight the meme that selling your labor to the 1% is the only thing that gives you worth in society, and moms have that worth only to the extent that their efforts can be described as "work."  

          I also think that, once you define a mom's role as "working," it's just a slippery slope to "relocating" that work outside the home. She's already working, right?  Why not just go get a wage-earning job?  It's not like what she does at home, raising the family, is in a different category than what she could do as a fry cook at Wendy's, right?  I resist that impulse to find raising kids and homemaking as equivalent to work for the very reason that finding the equivalency destroys the justification for stay-at-home.

          Thought is only a flash in the middle of a long night, but the flash that means everything - Henri Poincaré

          by milton333 on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:37:23 AM PDT

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