Here is some hope, delivered courtesy of MSN.
I have taken the liberty of pasting some sections. Later, I provide some personal commentary.
Question #1: Is a man at home a miserable man?
Some people ask whether or not men are cut-out for the job of parenting. Some say they are unable. Some say they will be depressed if they eschew the role of breadwinner for the role of bread-baker. According to the MSN article:
Question #2: Do housedads help advance their wives careers?
According to the article:
Question #3: Just how many Dads are passing the buck in favor of taking the kids?
I think the results displayed in the article are fairly encouraging. In many ways, I see the feminist movement as a part of a larger human rights movement. Like any human rights movement, arbitrary barriers to the advancement of groups or individuals is the culprit of such injustice.
Consciousness-raising was so integral a part of the feminist movement because it enabled women to bond together and share their stories, to empower one another. The results of the article I cite are really about stories: families making compromises and supporting one another. These stories are a part of the tidal wave of this movement; they are a part of the force that crushes the gender roles that teach women their contribution to society is limited only to the home.
The beauty of this movement, like those that came before it and those that will proceed it, is the power of human story in affecting change. Those opposed to the goals of feminism try to depict it as on the fringe: anti-family, anti-man, anti-values. These people are not dealing with reality; they are trying to use smoke and mirrors to divert attention from the movement. When they paint such pictures, they are attempting to capture the status quo in a snapshot. They hope that the injustices of the past will pervade into the future.
But their picture is fake. Unreal.
Feminism is alive. It cannot be captured in the disdainful pictures taken by Phyllis Schlafly or Rick Santorum. They are the pictures of the past: women confined to the home, women without power, women without choices.
The pictures of the present include women in Congress working for change; men learning, too, that devoting their lives to their children is an incredibly worthy pursuit; and women making active choices about the direction of their lives and this world. After all, it is a woman's world just as much as it is a man's. And this is coming from a man.
In the end, the pictures only capture fragments of the story of the battle for gender equality. It is a story which is built with every egalitarian relationship, every woman who uses her talents to better society, and every man who knows when it is time to lead and time to follow. The story can never be re-written. But it is continued every day. Let's just hope that someday we can regard it as we regard all good stories: a rocky beginning, a conflict-laden struggle, and a powerful resolution that reminds us of the strength of the human spirit and the beauty of human growth.