This is famed feminist Gloria Steinem on The Colbert Report. Over at Feministing, Chloe Angyal summarized Steinem’s appearance :
She suggested that changing the way we think about masculinity is one of feminism’s great remaining challenges. After decades of feminism, she said, “we know that women can do what men and can do… But we don’t know that men can do what women can do.” And that needs to change, because “it’s really important that kids grow up knowing that men can be as loving and nurturing as women can.”
As Colbert says, yes, men can’t do what women can do. We can’t have babies! But Steinem really generalizes a bit too much here. We know that men can do what women can do—generally, that dads can care for their kids, too—just look right here. We talk about it every day on this site.
While not everyone has bought into this, and some people probably never will, men are doing things women “used to do.” It’s just that not everyone has realized that it’s actually happening—and many of those who have can’t handle it. Every day, men are, as Steinem hopes for, making sure our kids know that dad isn’t just the guy who comes home from work, watches football, and spanks you when you talk back to mom.
What do you think? Disagree with Steinem’s sentiments? Let us know in the comments.