It took you how long to figure this out?

Mona Charen comments in National Review Online on Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” (Both are worth reading).

Charen writes:

“But she has discovered that the “have it all” catechism was a lie.  Even with a supportive husband who was willing to “take the lion’s share of parenting while I was in Washington,” she found that she didn’t want to be away from her two teenage sons, particularly when one was having trouble in school…

“Slaughter’s wants mirror those of other women (high-earning and otherwise). A 2007 Pew survey found that among working mothers with children 17 and younger, fully 79 percent said that they would prefer part-time (60 percent) or zero (19 percent) work outside the home. Only 21 percent said they would choose full-time employment while their children were young. This was down from 32 percent who preferred to work full time in 1997.”

Imagine that – women caring about their children and wanting to be there for them.  What will they come up with next?

1960s Feminism, meet Reality.

Oh, and here’s one more quote, just for kicks:

“Despite endless repetition by Democrats and feminists, the idea that women earn less than men for the same work is fiction. Single women without children earn just as much, and sometimes more, than comparably qualified young men. Women earn less (over their whole careers) because they choose to. And they choose to because they place more value on child-rearing than on money or status.”

Will radical feminists believe this?  No, because they’re addicted to perceived personal injustice – what would they whine about if they realized that sometimes they have life just as good as or better than many American men?

I suppose they could move to Africa (or Camden) and run orphanages and start schools for kids whose parents have died due to AIDS, but then they’d REALLY have to compromise.

Wait, I’ve got it… they want to be CEOs?  Okay, start a company in Cambodia and educate, house and employ people who currently live on top of trash dumps and live by fishing recyclables out from among the other dirty nasty ish.  Oh, but there are no pilates classes there.  Hmm.

If only modern-day feminism could be reconciled with the fact that there is no virtue in just doing what makes you happy.


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