November 28, 2011

“WHAT IF OUR DAUGHTERS DON’T WANT TO WORK?” “What’s so bad about division of labor, with one parent out in the world making the money, competing vigorously, and the other home-based, controlling and avoiding expenses? Especially if you consider the tax consequences — which the 7-year-old probably hasn’t analyzed yet — it’s much more efficient for the husband and the wife to adopt different roles. Either the husband or the wife can be the home-based spouse. And note how Pomerantz assumes that careers are fulfilling. Often, they are not.”

Careers can be fulfilling. Sometimes they’re not. Staying home with kids can be fulfilling, too (and sometimes it’s not). I thought feminism was supposed to be about choices.

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