Feminists often say that the business world is pitted against them. Rubbish. As this graphic from a human resources outfit illustrates, corporations in general are happy to accommodate the working mother.
The underlying assumption in this graphic and the study it cites is that motherhood is not necessary or important. Replace the words “stay-at-home mom” and “motherhood” with “soldier” and “service in the military” and you can easily see what I mean. The trapped feelings of a soldier are not decisive in whether he performs his duties and defends his country. The feelings of a mother are decisive because maternal care is considered inessential.
It is not surprising that some women newly at home report feeling trapped, as if an office cubicle and long commute are not confining. That’s perfectly understandable given they are ill-prepared and have learned since early childhood that motherhood is a lesser occupation and that it is weak and risky to depend on a man. As for the “resentment” they reportedly feel toward “spouse and/or baby,” human resources departments would not cheerfully report such ugly feelings with regard to men and their family responsibilities. That’s because they do not have to persuade men to work. They do have to persuade women, and it’s good for the bottom line when they do.
The modern corporation, like the Communist state, is more than happy to collectivize motherhood. The assumptions of this human resources graphic are similar to the beliefs of Soviet bureaucrats. If it was true, however, that women by nature felt trapped and resentful when caring for their children and homes, the human race would have ceased to exist a long time ago.