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Snowdrop111 Reply:
June 24th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I agree.


Susan Walsh Reply:
June 24th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Actually, she’s a pretty classy lady, and I admired her a great deal while I was growing up. She did have an almost sheepish tone re the question of women having won, but I wouldn’t say she has distanced herself in any way from the feminist agenda.
To be honest, what I objected to the most here was:
1. She ignores the role of personal choices that women make in recognition of their biological needs when considering the fact that women earn less than men.
2. She ignores the fact that since she came on the scene, the percentage of women earning more than their husbands has gone from 4% to 22%.
3. She ascribes job losses during the mancession to the fact that men make more, which is twisted and tortured logic. Most the of lost jobs are the ones most expendable in an increasingly more service and information-based economy, and most of those jobs were held by men.
4. She said that many surveys show that men doing the same amount of childcare and housework as their wives have the happiest marriages and better sex. I’ve never seen a single survey claiming that, and I support egalitarian marriages, but I would define that differently than she would. I do laundry, must husband fixes stuff. We both cook. I do the food shopping. He was an involved and loving parent, but I changed a lot more diapers than he did. I just don’t think the Mr. Mom shtick is one that many women find sexy. I could be wrong, but have seen no evidence to support that.


GudEnuf Reply:
June 24th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

1. Do biological needs account for all of the differences between personal choices of men and women? Do you think it’s possible that women simply feel less pressure earn money? I’ve seen more than a few households where the male career is the bacon bringer and the woman’s career is more like a hobby.

2. Steinem would probably claim that the ultimate target should be 50%.