Posted 9/28/2012 6:10:33 PM
I haven't read Michelle's thesis, aluohtgh it sounds intriquing.I think it's important to note that there is not a one size fits all women or families solution. It has been years since I read The Feminine Mystique . I do think there is danger to imply that there is one path to happiness, or one path to being a fulfilled person.If I remember Betty Friedan's premise part of the issue was that women (at that time, middle to upper middle class) were explicitly discouraged from continuing their education or to work outside the home after being married or having children. She (Friedan) observed that women were taught that they could only find fulfillment in being a wife or mother. She advocated that women should continue their education and develop their own human intelligence.It's a difficult question, and one that many people/families have struggled with over the years. How do you make allowances for everyone's needs? How do you help everyone in the family to continue to learn and grow at every age?I think blogging is great. I respect bloggers who tell the real stories of their lives, and those who merely chronicle a family's in's and out's.But I disagree that merely blogging will work for everyone (not that anyone was suggesting that), and will discourage women from realizing the problem without a name . Being a stay at home parent is hard work. But figuring out your own passions and finding your own fulfillment is also critical (in my view).