Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Don’t Give Up Your Day Job / Heidi Bruggink

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    This article covers an interview of Leslie Bennetts on her book, The Feminine Mistake. Bennetts argues that too many women are abandoning their careers to stay at home with their children and perform ‘traditional gender roles’. Women have been taught that this is what they are supposed to do and that men, their husbands, will provide for them for the rest of their lives and that’s just not true! Bennetts also argues that the financial and psychological benefits of working women are very great. Bennetts states, “the bottom line is that working women are happier and, believe it or not, working women are healthier. There are really fascinating longitudinal studies that show that multiple roles are in fact good for women”.
    The only thing that really bothered me were the Humanist’s questions at times. Did these questions come from a male? I felt perhaps so. No offense to men of course. But what interested me the most about this article were the psychological and developmental problems of both mothers and their children when a woman gives up her job/career to tend to the family. Bennetts’ comments of how children of working mothers are more resourceful and self-sufficient because they’ve been encouraged to be, and the opposite being that children of non-working mom’s are more dependent and less likely to care for themselves, makes a lot of sense. My favorite part of this article was most likely the last thing Bennetts says, “..nobody is going to take care of you but yourself”.  🙂


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