Australian blogger Constance Hall has inspired thousands of followers in the past with her honest talk about postpartum depression, sex after childbirth, and violent behavior in children. Now, the mom of four is moving readers once again—this time, by sparking a discussion about the fact that stay-at-home moms can absolutely be feminists. While many people wouldn’t think twice upon meeting a stay-at-home mom who identifies as a feminist (after all, a major facet of feminism is empowering women to make whatever choices are best for their own families), Hall has come up against some judgmental readers who have argued otherwise.
This week, Hall took to Instagram to vent her frustrations about those naysayers. “People often make the mistake of thinking that they can tell stay at home mums what they can and can’t do,” Hall began in a recent post. “‘Con can do it, she doesn’t work’…’You can’t put the kids in daycare, you don’t even work. Try working and mothering then get back to me.’ I don’t really care, I’ve been a flat out working mum and accused of not ‘mumming’ properly and a stay at home one, people make assumptions about each.”
Hall went on to express her disgust with “the statement that stay at home mums can’t be feminists,” explaining that “Mums who don’t have paid employment absolutely can be feminists. Exercising your rights to raise your family the way that works best for you is a f***ing feminist thing to do.” As Hall pointed out, being a stay-at-home mom is tough enough on its own “without the legendary fierce hearts that you look up to and respect telling you that [you’re] not allowed to be in the crew that you believe in.” She finished her post with a reminder that dismissing a stay-at-home mom’s experience of feminism hurts everyone. Wise words! Here’s to Hall for reminding the world that feminism is for all women. Take a look at the full post below.
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