The NYT Feminist Myth

Every three-to-six months, the New York Times publishes another article about a new trend in feminism in which women are opting out of the workforce to have families, like this is an empowering and conscious decision they are making (search the Times website for “opt-out women” and you’ll find articles on this subject most recently on November 5, 2006, then March 15, 2006, and December 2, 2005–and those are only the ones filed under the keywords).

In an ideal world, women would not have to make this decision between work and family because society would be structured to accommodate high-achieving women who also want to have families. Society should reward, or at the very least help women, not punish them, for having families.

So I was pleased to find that the American Prospect has an entire issue devoted to debunking the New York Times myth of new feminism that the mainstream media has been perpetrating for years. The issue, called Motherload, is devoted to exploring the ways in which society can change to stop forcing women to choose between work and family and to reduce the danger of that fallacy.

Check it out, it’s highly worth your time to read most of the articles, and then we can talk about it.


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