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...
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.
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.
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