This article on the disappearance of the term "wife" has a few noteworthy paragraphs:
"The women's movement was not the only thing to muddle the word. Pretty much every social trend in the past 50 years has left its own ding, from the drop in the marriage rate to the rise in the divorce rate, to the upward creep in the age of first-time brides and the major leap in the percentage of mothers who are not married when they give birth."
What's funny is the author blames social trends as being additional causes to the demise of "wife", but really every "social trend" she mentions is directly related to the women's movement/feminism.
- Drop in marriage rate. Check.
- Rise in divorce. Check.
- Upward age of first time brides. Check.
- Out of wedlock birth (tactfully worded "mothers who are not married when they give birth", which is more palatable to a woman's sensibilities. Check.
It would be too much to admit that all these things are related or offshoots of feminism; rather, they are just trends that presumably came out of nowhere.
"What does it mean to be a good wife?" she asked. "I don't know what that means. I know what it means to be a good mother. When you have a baby, it's very clear what you have to do -- you have to keep the baby alive and love it ... It's hard to neglect a baby, if you're not crazy and evil. It's easy to neglect a marriage; you have to work at it and it's easier to forget that you have to work at it."
This is a very telling paragraph that captures how clueless women are today about what it means to be a good wife.
The article goes on to say that women think motherhood is easier than marriage, which is no surprise that women would gravitate towards the easier role (perhaps why out of wedlock birth or aka "choice moms" are popular). Also in being a mother there is a certain level of power and authority that comes with the job, which is not common in being a wife--that is--'wife version 1.0' where wives naturally assume a more submissive role. You can boss and direct your children, but not necessarily so with a husband.