Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Concept -- there are no Mommy Wars

Being an unclimber, I'll never be the first to reach the top (okay, I won't reach the top, period). This is my explanation for the lack of timiliness of this post. A friend of mine told me about a Washington Post Outlook piece, Everybody Hates Linda (that was the headline in the print edition). I missed this on Sunday but read it today. Interesting and thought-provoking. It made me think that I'm glad I didn't post my 1996 wedding in The New York Times. Now there is a statistically meaningful sample for trends in the U.S.

Anyway, what if there are no Mommy Wars? I know many would be disappointed, but I see it as an extension of who is sitting where and with whom in the high school cafeteria. Does it really matter in the grand scheme of things?

If it takes a village, we are in sorry shape, folks. The village is empty.

2 comments:

Stephanie said...

The problem is that she still does not get it...it is not about taking sides. There is no one "right" choice for everyone. What is totally right for me may be totally wrong for you. It is the fact that we have a choice that is important, not the actual decision.

Sigh. I am tempted to blog about this, but I don't really have the time or desire to jump into the fray.

Why keep fighting a war that can not (and should not) be won?

Marjorie said...

Stephanie, you're so political! ;-)

I need to read her original writing on the issue. I'm tempted to think she views working and careers in a very linear, conventional manner. Who is to say that I won't re-emerge into the workforce in a more powerful position than when I left?