The critical challenge of gender equality

My latest article on MercatorNet looks at the tension between affirming gender equality on the one hand, and on the other hand critiquing aspects of modern life that are typically conflated with the equality theme:

The expectation or implication that women ought to stay at home because this is their role and duty as women is entirely different from the recognition that mothers have unique bonding relationships with their children which are greatly enhanced if, ideally, the mother can care for the child in its early years. It’s one thing to agree with one’s spouse after considered discussion that she will care for the child; it’s quite another thing to expect that this will happen, ought to happen, because she is a woman and that’s just the way life is.