You’ve probably heard from left-wing groups that want to abolish ICE, but did you know there are modern feminists who want to abolish families? If that sounds like something a conservative shock jock would say just to make liberals sound worse than they are…well, it’s not. This is an actual cause that actual people support. People like feminist Sophie Lewis, who wrote a big piece for Open Democracy about how the coronavirus pandemic “shows it’s time to abolish the family.”
Let’s take a peek at this sick ideology.
“Nuclear households, it seems, are where we are all intuitively expected to retreat in order to prevent widespread ill-health. ‘Staying home’ is what is somehow self-evidently supposed to keep us well,” Lewis writes. “But there are several problems with this, as anyone inclined to think about it critically (even for a moment) might figure out – problems one might summarize as the mystification of the couple-form; the romanticisation of kinship; and the sanitization of the fundamentally unsafe space that is private property.”
Oh yeah. She crazy.
“How can a zone defined by the power asymmetries of housework (reproductive labor being so gendered), of renting and mortgage debt, land and deed ownership, of patriarchal parenting and (often) the institution of marriage, benefit health?” she asks.
Our favorite part of this very long, very arrogant, and very stupid essay:
In L.A., state officials are providing individual trailers and pop-up isolation cabins for the houseless. But a far more logical response might be: open all the hotels and private palaces on the basis of airy and light-filled, sanitary (uncommodified) housing for all. Free all prisoners and detainees now, remake the care facilities as spacious self-led villages, and dismiss all the workers with full pay so they can leave their bunks forever, move in with their friends, and pursue laziness for at least the next decade.
And then…and then…they will all descend to the heavens on an ecclesiastical elevator made of rainbows and lollipops, destined to spend eternity reading essential works of queer feminism and watching movies that pass the Bechdel Test.
Quite unnecessarily, Campus Reform reached out for a response comment from Glenn Stanton of Focus on the Family, who said, “Academic and government research over the last couple of decades consistently show that married women and children living with their married biological fathers are the least likely to suffer sexual, physical, or verbal abuse compared with other domestic configurations.”
Strong families breed a strong society, though, and a strong society doesn’t have to rely on the government for handouts. Therefore, while it is unnerving to see someone outright call for “abolishing families,” it is certainly no surprise that feminists champion this kind of thing. It’s just one more thing for them to be wrong about.