Self-described ‘traditional wife’ Jasmine Dinis has come under criticism recently for a controversial video on her parenting.
The Australian stay-at-home mum revealed on TikTok that she’s ‘encouraging traditional motherhood and marriage’ for her toddler over higher education and having a career.
‘I’m teaching my daughter that it’s perfectly acceptable to depend on a man, that being a home maker is the number one career she should strive for, and that serving her husband and bearing children will be her greatest joy,’ wrote Jasmine in the clip’s caption.
‘In a world full of women teaching their children that their only goal is to go to university, get a good job and make money, I’m teaching my little girl to live a slow life, to be a biblical women that wants a husband and a beautiful family that she can serve daily.’
The video – which shows the young girl baking with her mother – has been viewed over 1.4 million times, garnering a number of less-than-positive comments on Jasmine’s standpoint.
‘You don’t know what her biggest joy will be. Let her decide on her own,’ wrote one person, while another said: ‘I hope you will support her in other career options if she expresses she doesn’t want what you wanted.’
A third added: ‘Wishing nothing but independence, strong mindedness, self reliance and critical thinking for this little girl.’
Many claimed they were glad their own parents had instilled different ideals in them growing up, alongside others who described Jasmine’s outlook as ‘sad’, ‘weird’, or a ‘nightmare’ akin to Margaret Attwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Others also posited questions like ‘And if her husband decides to leave her and their kids, will she be able to support them on her own? With no education or job experience?’
The mum-of-one, who homeschools her daughter, has come under fire for echoing common conspiracy theories to her 145,000 followers on TikTok. In numerous videos Jasmine makes claims like ‘toothpaste is poison,’ ‘kids in school now identify as cats’, and the contraceptive pill is ‘toxic’.
She’s also proudly tagged her video #tradwife. The ‘tradwife’ movement itself – which advocates for traditional gender roles and eschews modern feminist principles – has also been denounced, both for promoting ‘internalised sexism’ and its links to the alt-right.
This nostalgic lifestyle has long been associated with white supremacy, in part due to its similarity to Third Reich propaganda around the ‘ideal woman’.Some say it views the past through rose-tinted glasses by glorifying positive aspects and ignoring issues like domestic violence and lack of reproductive freedom faced by a number of women back then.
Either way, the vast majority of us would agree with a woman’s personal decision to live how she sees fit, whether that’s as a stay-at-home mum, a career powerhouse, or something else entirely.
There’s clearly less of a consensus, however, when it comes to a woman deciding this on her child’s behalf.
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