AN INVISIBLE OPTION IN THE AFTERMATH OF SLAUGHTERâ€™S â€œWHY WOMEN CANâ€™T HAVE IT ALLâ€
by Lisa Wade
Iâ€™ve been watching the response to Anne-Marie Slaughterâ€™s Why Women Still Canâ€™t Have It All roll out across the web. Commentators are making excellent points, but E.J. Graff at The American Prospect sums it up nicely:
Being both a good parent and an all-out professional cannot be done the way we currently run our educational and work systemsâ€¦ Being a working parent in our society is structurally impossible. It canâ€™t be done rightâ€¦ Youâ€™ll always be failing at something â€” as a spouse, as a parent, as a worker. Just get used to that feeling.
In other words, the cards are stacked against you and itâ€™s gonna suck.
And itâ€™s true, trust me, as someone whoâ€™s currently knee-deep in the literature on parenting and gender, Iâ€™m pleased to see the structural contradictions between work and parenting being discussed.