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Grow up: Life Has Trade-offs

Denise67 Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 2:33 AM
Stay-at-home-moms should be respected -- regardless of source of support. A SAHM supported by welfare is as respectable as a SAHM supported by husband or trust fund. Regarding husbands, let's not forget they often make it possible for women to detach from the paid labor market. This puts special burdens and stresses on men that should be considered. All too often, housewives bite the hands that feed them by badmouthing men as a sex.
Tish6 Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 12:52 PM
I disagree. Because in that situation a lot of times...not all the time, the mother has chosen to use the government to replace the father of those children. Also, the children do not learn the balance of the relationship if there is a SAHM on welfare with no father in the home.
Denise67 Wrote: Jun 26, 2012 1:48 PM
Nonsense. That is the situation in which the mom is best at home. Why should she leave the kids with someone else and go halfway across town to clean hotel rooms or flip burgers? There's no "career" and if she would rather be at home, she should be.
Anne-Marie Slaughter's eye-catching Atlantic article, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," is being greeted with a certain reverse snobbery. We've been reminded that the choices and challenges of women with advanced degrees are hardly typical and not the sort of thing that should divert us from the problems of the middle class.

Perhaps. But there are millions of women in the upper middle class and the culture they create and reflect affects everyone. Besides, Slaughter deserves some credit for honesty. As she recounts in the piece, when she mentioned to a friend that she was considering writing that women can't have...