7 Myths of Working Mothers: Why Children and (most) Careers Just Don', Volume 1009
Dispelling our most cherished myths about working mothers, Suzanne Venker argues that women can never be successful in the workplace and at home simultaneously. Women can achieve the balance they so desperately seek only by planning their careers around motherhood, rather than planning motherhood around their careers.
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I did it all. I was a single parent, so it was difficult, but it worked well. We made it work. The only thing that made it difficult were the criticisms and mean-spiritedness of the "traditional" families with their "Christian" establishment values and erected barriers to exclude me and my daughter. 24 years after the fact, my daughter has fared much better than the pathetic little milquetoasts who emerged from these traditional households. As for married couples, the best ones I know, and with the most well-adjusted children, come from homes in which the father and the mother share the upkeep of house and home, so that both can have lives outside the home. There is less infidelity in such relationships because both the man and the woman are more vital and interesting. Housewives are boring and have no idea about the real world. How can they raise children to live in the real world when they themselves live in a vacuum. They know so little about what is going on outside the home, including how to keep their husbands interested and engaged, that they let themselves go. What man wants that? Reality check--not even their husbands. My ideal family, the one I would want to be a part of, are my downstairs neighbors. The husband is a massage therapist, the wife a highly ranking senior scientist in the high-tech industry. He owns his business, which gives him flexibility with his schedule. He does most of the child care, which involves making sure that their daughter has plenty interaction with children her age from families with similar values. They also engage their child as a couple and with close friends. They are awesome, happy, and this couple is hot. Their love and mutual respect is so evident. They have lives apart from one another, they have an awesome relationship and though in their mid-fifties are equally fit and vital, they have friends, and they have a child who knows she is loved. She is so curious, precocious, and independent. Like my daughter. She wont be fat and pregnant by the time she is 20. She will have a life and a college education like Phyllis Schlafly and fellow hypocrite, Suzanne Venker. I think both of these women should practice what they preach, get rid of them shoes, and go back to the kitchen, where they seem to want to be. And, who is stopping them?