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Those Germans aren't as crazy as I thought... LOL
« on: Sep 15, 2006, 09:42:08 AM »
A TV-anchor well-known in Germany has unchained a fierce debate concerning the social role of women. The government wants that they improve the combination of profession and family, others plead for a return to "home and kitchen''.

"Back to home and kitchen" was the headline of the magazine Cicero in May of this year. Normally only a small portion of the German population reads this stylish magazine concerning political culture. But the contribution of Eva Herman hit like a bomb shell. Four months later the Germans are still debating the ideas, as recent as last week in the boulevard newspaper Bild.

Eva Herman, a well-known anchor of public broadcaster the ARD, wonders herself if female emancipation has been a historical mistake. With that Herman created a huge controversy. The Federal Republic stood on its head. Eva Herman had to explain so much, that she had to quit her job.

In between all interviews Herman wrote a book - The Eve Principle - of which the subtitle pleads for "a new femininity''. Herman argues that the social and economic pressure on women is so huge nowadays, that a comfortable, harmonious family life is nearly impossble. In her opinion way too much marriages and couples run into relationship problems. As an example the 41 year old newsreader refers to the towering divorce rates - in Germany around forty percent.

"The downside of the rat-race for recognition, power and success is the destruction of the happiness of motherhood and joy of the existence as a woman '', Herman notes

The modern woman is a victim of her own success. Because of her right to unlimited self-development, in Germany too few children are being born (on average 1.36 per woman), resulting in the steady decline of population over the past years.

Scientists have calculated that the Germans will be extinct at the end of this century, if no immigration takes place. A positive: also record unemployment will disappear within twenty years, Herman suspect. For some politicians a bright future - with more than four million unemployed.


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I stand with you on this one - Kent
« Reply #1 on: Sep 15, 2006, 10:28:20 AM »
You know you've opened a can of worms. This is not new's wife and I AGREE.  I expect there's going to be a LOT of responses to this one.


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