Fox-Genovese mentions an interpretation of a feminist argument that “men are not as good mothers as women,” saying that feminists probably don’t mean that. That there is even a controversy here is hard to believe. For it is obvious to everyone that women, indeed, are better mothers than men, while men are better fathers then women.
Fox-Genovese apparently thinks that the role of the mother is identical to the role of the father in a family. And of course, that’s not the case. In my book, I call the mother an “unconditional nurturer,” and father, a “guardian and guide.” Thus,
the father’s task of guiding his children toward moral goodness is more important than the mother’s job as unconditional nurturer; or rather, the latter is subordinate to the former, just as health is a means to contemplation.