Just stop giving fodder to feminist and leftist critics. It’s not true that men are the only ones who came up with anything useful ever. It’s easily disprovable and where it’s not, there isn’t any data at all because we’re talking prehistory anyhow. Further, this whole presentation of women as useless except presumably for teh babies is Pashtun, not Western Christian Patriarchal. Patriarchies that like women and think they’re groovy are the ones that find it easier to build excess wealth for the community. If you really believe women have this role to submit to and serve men, they can’t be properly effective in that role without being taken seriously as fully human, fully realized beings.
The first post I linked to is trying to debunk the idea of the “strong independent woman”, but it does so by reducing women to useless appendices incapable of bringing any value to, well, existence. Except of course having babies. It veers well into the exact kind of transactional mentality that feminists love to claim proves All Conservatives Are Like That. It’s not even a Christian view of male and female roles. It’s exaggerated, demonstrably false and just an excuse to be petty and mean to what end I knoweth not. Normal men like women and normal women aren’t caught up in some idea that they are particularly independent in the first place. Normal women have zero problem accepting that they exist as part of a community.
The second link is someone talking a very little about the Pew data on SAHMs but mostly ranting about how housewives are useless eaters and glorying in how A Man He Knows Did It Better Anyhow.
Much of femininity and marriage is socially constructed but you can socially construct it well or you can socially construct it stupidly and marriage and patriarchy are BETTER, so there’s no need to dismiss the contributions of women and play into the feminist frame that supporters of traditional gender roles he-man woman-hate. Let’s stop socially constructing marriage and traditionally oriented gender roles stupidly. Separate from the feminist-fodder issue, it just scares off normal women who would otherwise delight in the chance to tend the hearth and home and in other, subtler ways contribute to the upkeep of their communities and villages.
ETA: Apparently Mr. Pashtun Impersonator wrote an angry angerson screed that I missed when this first went up, lol.