The Stupid, Idiotic, Unproductive, Barbarous Life of a Keeper at Home

Im extremely grateful for the army of mothers who are dedicating their years to the role of wife and mother… as keepers at home. They have thrown off the chains. They are defying the culture as it hurtles to self destruction. But, if you want a small window into some of the modern roots of diminishing motherhood, look no further than the Communist regimes… Hear Vladimir Lenin on motherhood, who believed that the role of a “keeper at home” (Titus 2:5) is “stupid,” “Idiotic,” “unproductive,” “barbarous,” “slavery.” 

“We must now say proudly and without any exaggeration that part from Soviet Russia, there is not a country in the world where women enjoy full equality and where women are not placed in the humiliating position felt particularly in day-to-day family life. This is one of our first and most important tasks…Housework is the most unproductive, the most barbarous and the most arduous work a woman can do. It is exceptionally petty and does not include anything that would in any way promote the development of the woman…The building of socialism will begin only when we have achieved the complete equality of women and when we undertake the new work together with women who have been emancipated from that petty stultifying, unproductive work…We are setting up model institutions, dining-rooms and nurseries, that will emancipate women from housework…These institutions that liberate women from their position as household slaves are springing up where it is in any way possible…Our task is to make politics available to every working woman.” 1

“The chief thing is to get women to take part in socially productive labor, to liberate them from ‘domestic slavery,’ to free them from their stupefying [idiotic] and humiliating subjugation to the eternal drudgery of the kitchen and the nursery. This struggle will be a long one, and it demands a radical reconstruction, both of social technique and of morale. But it will end in the complete triumph of Communism.” 2

Thankfully, the Lord has raised up a new generation of mothers who have prioritized the home over the cubicle. May their tribe increase.


1. Lenin’s Collected Works, 4th English Edition, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1965, Volume 30, p. 4
2. Vladimir, Lenin. “International Working Women’s Day speech”, 1920