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In no particular order . . .
–I don’t have to worry about being drafted and having to fight on the front lines alongside men. (Not until full equality is achieved, anyway.)
–I got to stay home to raise the kids when they were small and vulnerable and sweet. (It consisted of a lot more than “wiping noses,” nor was it “thankless.”)
–I get to love and enjoy the role of Mom in my grown kids’ lives.
–I live in a culture where a Judeo-Christian outlook shapes beliefs about women’s importance and the way they are to be treated.
–I’m not necessarily expected to carry the responsibility of being the breadwinner for our family.
–There are scores of satisfying career options available to me these days, and I’ve already stumbled in to three of them.
–I live in a time when my contribution at work is welcomed and sought as part of a team effort (and I happen to be working with strong male leadership).
–My job doesn’t consist of hauling, building, or digging all day–stuff I’m not good at.
–I get to be the protectee and providee in a traditional marriage arrangement.
–I live in a time where female participation in many public and private spheres is flourishing (despite those who claim otherwise), and women’s concerns are taken seriously.
–I was not expected to participate in tackle football with the guys, but got to play gentler sports such volleyball. (If an intense game of foursquare did my knee in, what would football have done to me?)
–I get to dress up in feminine colors and styles, and wear make up and enjoy shopping.
–I had access to just as much educational opportunity as my male counterparts–if I wanted to pursue an interest, no one would have thought of trying to stop me.
–I receive small courtesies from men, such as having doors opened for me.
–I get all the perks of being a woman, yet I also get to have as rich an intellectual life as I choose. Books, discussions, courses–they are all available to me.Published in