So this just in from my hometown paper, The Chicago Tribune, sent via Laura over at Catalyst:
Like bickering relatives at the end of a long holiday dinner, women have been arguing about whether the gender revolution is over and more mothers are choosing to leave work and stay home with the children.
Now experts who shared their latest research at [the Council on Contemporary Families] conference in May say that far from reverting to more traditional sex roles, women and men are becoming more alike in their attitudes toward balancing life at home and at work.
Not crazyloving the bickering relatives bit, but, well, I can't say it ain't so. The article, by the very savvy Patricia Cohen, goes on to discuss how men's and women's desires when it comes to work/life negotiations are more similar than different, debunking the old Venus/Mars theory of gender that still dominate popular culture on this front. Explains Cohen,
Of course, most people recognize that mothers are working more and doing less housework, and men are working less and doing more housework and child care than a generation ago. But what much of the recent research has tried to tease out is more information on attitudes and desires. And so far, the evidence points toward men and women having increasingly similar goals.
Let's hope this evidence, this reality, keeps making headline news. Glad it's made its way, for instance, from the Times to the Trib of my heartland. As for the bickering, I know I'm not alone in longing for the day when women stop fighting each other, pop culture stops polarizing gender roles, and we all start fighting together for things like paid leave and subsidized childcare and eldercare and better healthcare and all that good shit. I mean, stuff.
The article originally appeared on May 31 in The New York Times. In case you missed it the first time, check the rest out here.