How Parenting Became a Full-Time Job
The baby has been teething all week. He wakes up to nurse every two to three hours.
I've reached the stage of sleep deprivation where the world feels a little surreal. Like at any moment, a llama could walk by on stilts and serve me coffee from a seashell and I'd say, "Oh. Yes. Thank you."
Somehow I managed to focus my eyes long enough to read Heather Kirn Lanier's recent essay in the Establishment, "How Parenting Became a Full-Time Job, and Why That's Bad for Women." I'm so glad I did. I related to a lot of what Heather wrote, and it put the politics surrounding motherhood in a brand-new perspective.
"'Stay-at-home mom' is a box on an employment questionnaire, and this is supposed to feel like a validating, even feminist development. We are honoring the work of women when we call motherhood 'the hardest job on the planet.' But if a woman's role as a mother is a round-the-clock job, then how can she ever justify leaving it to do another one? 'Stay-at-home' begins to feel less like a descriptor and more like an order."
Read the whole thing over at the Establishment, and then let me know what you think. What good things have you read lately, online or otherwise? Share those with me too.
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