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Money: Is That What Girls Goddesses Really Want?

Part 3 in a biblical feminist's deconstruction of HBO's controversial portrait of the next generation's values and priorities.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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June 23, 2013 - 7:00 am
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Check out the first two installments of Susan L.M. Goldberg’s series:

June 6: A Biblical Feminist Confronts The Girls Goddesses, Part 1

June 16: Sex Mitzvah’d: Virginity Isn’t Easy for Girls

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“You know, I want to have children. I really want to have children.”

“Of course you do. And you will have children at a time when your life is set up for it.”

This simple two-line conversation between pregnant Jessa and supportive Hannah in the hours leading up to Jessa’s “abortion party” illustrates the number one struggle young women face: To birth, or not to birth. It is an ironic struggle given the fact that women have classically been worshiped for their fertility and typified, first and foremost, as mothers. In the case of Girls, the irony is furthered by the fact that Jessa sought out girlfriends over her own mother for counsel and care in the face of an unexpected pregnancy. (“Unplanned” is so gauche; even the most unintentional sex has guaranteed biological consequences.)

Jessa’s mother isn’t the only absentee parent on Girls. Shoshanna turns to her aunt for advice, and Marnie’s mother is a cougar who’d rather “just be friends.” Hannah’s mother takes the cake in bad parenting. Cutting her grown daughter off financially sounds like a smart act of a wise and caring parent until, of course, the conversation devolves into mother referring to her daughter as “a major f*cking player,” and justifying the financial break as a way for her to afford a lake house: “I’ve worked hard, I want to sit by a f*cking lake!”

Which returns us to the heart of Hannah’s response to Jessa’s innate need to have children: It’s all about money, or, rather, the stability that comes from money, which for most modern women translates into having a professional career, the definition of which is devoid of child-rearing. Have we entered a new era of child sacrifice? Has career-worship become an idol inspiring generations of women to sacrifice parenthood? Or is the idea of a “career” a fresh veneer that has been slapped onto an age-old pagan mentality?

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Articles like this remind me of one sad truth: "Idiocracy" was not a comedy, it was a Documentary from the future.
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Girls is very sad - a bunch of losers living grim, unhappy lives so that someone somewhere thinks they are cool for being in New York.

Wurzel is right - motherhood is not a job, and it is part of life. She's also right that feminism is about having a job and supporting oneself. What she - and feminism - don't seem to understand is that jobs pale in importance and pleasure to having a family.

Why do most men want good jobs? So they can attract a good woman to be the mother of their children, then support those children with the proceeds of their employ. Why do non-feminist women want to be attractive? So they can attract a provider for their future children. But why does a feminist want a job? So they can have a job? Does a feminist want to be attractive? If so, why?

Once you are over 60, no cares about you unless you are rich, except your children. Enjoy your old age, feminists. Men and women who have well-raised children will be surrounded by loved ones, including grandchildren. What will you gals be doing during the Christmas holiday? Working? Bitching about your bosses? Hoping to get invited to parties so you can listen to other old people talk about their families? Oh, you can be like the women in Sex and the City shopping for shoes that no one else cares about.
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My take on season one was that these girls were simply lost. See http://clarespark.com/2012/07/29/girls-or-the-new-lost-generation/. It helps to have seen Lena Dunham's indie movie Tiny Furniture first.
1 year ago
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They look lost. I can't say. I'm 52 years old and I don't care about 22-year-old girls. They are, for the most part, not very interesting. They haven't lived long enough to be interesting. Even the great Lena Dunham is just a kid. Her situation, whatever it is, is temporary. By the time she's my age, it won't matter anymore. So who cares?

I'll leave "Girls" to its proper audience - other girls. It has nothing to say to me.
1 year ago
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Why people watch this milndless crap is beyond me.
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