walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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walkitout

great analysis

From _The Unfinished Revolution_ (really a great book):

"In an ironic twist, middle-class married women with good job opportunities and access to high-quality child care are chastised for pursuing careers, while poor single mothers with few job prospects and limited child care are required to take marginal jobs. The implied message is that women should not depend on others for their livelihood, but they also should not work for personal satisfaction or compete for the best jobs."

I'm hoping that _somewhere_ in this book, there will be some discussion of stay-at-home dads. There have been references to 2/3rds type solutions (where each parent is working a non-standard work week so they can split caretaking evenly, perhaps with non-parent assistance, paid or familial) in at least one quotation.

ETA: Altho it continues to drive me nuts that the author and every single interviewee conflates paid employment with access to independent funds. Does everyone _really_ want jobs? Or do they just want the money-independent-of-other-person? I'm sure there's some of both, but I'd really rather see the two ideas separated, because once you separate them, you can start talking about things like paid maternity/parental leave, a la Scandinavian countries, and mother's checks a la the UK (IIRC). If you treat them as inseparable, you inevitably suck child care into the debate as well, making it a horrible knot.

ETAYA: Closest approach to stay-at-home dad so far:

"Whether or not they prefer the outcome, an earnings advantage and more promising career prospects lends an air of inevitability to men's reliance on women's caretaking. Yet almost every young man rejected the idea of staying home, even if it were possible." Citation here sez:

"The percentage of couples relying on a wife as the primary provider (defined as earning 60 percent or more of total couple earnings) remains low, although it increased from 4 percent in 1970 to 12 percent in 2001 (Raley, Mattingly, and Bianchi, 2006)."

Recently, there's been some additional data on this number (I've forgotten the details), but I think the author was a teensy bit dismissive of this trend. This may be because such a high percentage of people I personally know belong to this group.
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