Posts Tagged ‘unemployment

04
Feb
10

Are you kidding me?


Listening to NPR today; a very interesting discussion about how the economic downturn seems to be affecting men’s employment more than women’s. I was running errands, so was in and out of the car, so I missed whether they talked about how this probably reflected rampant sexism in who was doing which jobs, but I did get back into the car in time to hear this: A woman caller, discussing the fact that she was working and her husband was at home with their little boy. She wasn’t complaining that they were unhappy finding themselves in roles they had not chosen, nor that her husband was an inept housekeeper nor a poor cook (apparently he’s neither). [She did comment on how much she missed cleaning, which is not a sentiment I recognize, and which did immediately make me a little suspicious.]

In any case, she was calling to inquire of the guests — I believe they were constituted of a researcher from the Pew Foundation and a woman psychologist or therapist who worked with families — as to what kind of confusing, disturbing, and/or damaging messages they were conveying to their young son regarding gender roles.

How those ideas can still be out there in the 21st century completely boggles the mind.




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