Sunday, March 27, 2011

Talking about mothering in the UK

Remember I mentioned earlier a new book called Shattered: Modern Motherhood And The Illusion Of Equality, by Rebecca Asher?

Well, The Guardian have a run a piece promoting the book, and boy, has it gathered a lot of comment!

The comments cover the usual ground: count yourself lucky you can have a baby, you made your bed now lie in it, they do families better in Europe because of gov't policy, they do families better in developing countries because families live together and mums aren't isolated (and domestic labour is cheap), this is a personal matter and men and women need to communicate better, it is all about working life - we need more flexibility, it is the fault of feminism for making women think they can have a career and be mothers when really you can't have it all (unless you are a man), and plenty of people identifying with the problems the author describes.

The important point is that the conversation is happening. Keep it going.

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