Saturday, May 31, 2008

A Life of Servitude

Trail-blazing feminist and author Alice Walker deceived a generation of women. A champion of women's rights, she has always argued that motherhood is a form of servitude. But one woman didn't buy in to Alice's beliefs - her daughter, Rebecca, 38.

Here the writer describes what it was like to grow up as the daughter of a cultural icon, and why she feels so blessed to be the sort of woman 64-year-old Alice despises - a mother.

And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your servant-- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:27-29



7 comments:

Julia said...

What an interesting article!

Faith said...

Fabulous, fabulous article. I am going to steal it and put it on my blog. Thanks Ginger!

heartchild said...

What a testament to the damage that is done by buying into the lie that being a mom is somehow beneath us. It's such a devastating loss that so many don't understand how empowering it is to influence the next generation by serving our families and being an attentive mom.

Thanks for sharing this article.

Our Family: said...

It's so interesting to read this. I could say more, but.............

MamaMahnken said...

Ooo, that was very sad. And well written and powerful. Thanks for the link.

Lisa said...

That poor girl. At least she had her step-mother to show her what a real mother is and she could see the difference. I'm so tired of hearing people say that they don't know how to parent because they had a bad childhood and their parents were sub-par. She takes responsibility for her choices and has been enlightened in spite of her mother.

Alice is missing out.

ohhollyf said...

Wow, how brave of her to let ppl know the effects of her mom's lacking. I agree her mom is missing out.