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The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Stop judging

I think the biggest problem is that women still think it is their duty to be entirely responsible for the household chores and child care. Maybe if more men stepped up to the plate and more women demanded an equal share of house chores and child rearing, women wouldn't ...
I think the biggest problem is that women still think it is their duty to be entirely responsible for the household chores and child care. Maybe if more men stepped up to the plate and more women demanded an equal share of house chores and child rearing, women wouldn't feel that they can't balance everything. And many husbands do help out, but there are still far too many women driving themselves crazy thinking it is their job to worry about these things, many not giving their husbands the benefit of the doubt. We need to stop looking at this as a women's dilemma, it needs to be seen as a women's AND men's dilemma. We both need to figure out how to divide the household duties, and who is the more logical choice to stay at home 'if anyone at all'. Many of you fail to realize that more and more women are making more money then their husbands, as of now it is one third of wives, and within 20 years it is expected to grow to half of all wives. Would it still make sense for them to be the parent that stays home? Another HUGE problem is an incompetent government that pretends to care about family values. The majority on welfare and in poverty are women and children, we have no mandatory health coverage for children, we have no policy on maternity/paternity leave 'countries with far less money and power allow one year with full to partial salary', and there is no assistance paying for day care 'again, many other countries have this---remember, not all parents can afford to stay home, and it's not fair to make them struggle to pay for daycare'. Why can't we stop pretending that life is so easy for all of us, and start helping families to truly lift out of financial hardships. We can't all afford to have a parent stay at home.

posted by Anonymous on May 24, 2007

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Been There, Done That

Nothing new here - the ongoing saga of who is right - the woman who stays at home or the woman who works. This book was just a bunch of collections of variations on the same theme. If you stay at home - somehow, you will get the short end of the stick. I am a working...
Nothing new here - the ongoing saga of who is right - the woman who stays at home or the woman who works. This book was just a bunch of collections of variations on the same theme. If you stay at home - somehow, you will get the short end of the stick. I am a working mother & am happy with my choice to continue working. Most of my friends are stay at home mothers and are happy as can be. Let's just quit debating this topic & let everyone choose what's best for them....and stop making one another feel guilty about her choice!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!

posted by Anonymous on August 22, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    A good read

    Other than the nagging jabs at conservatives (the book would stand better on it's own), The Feminine Mistake is a must read for any young woman debating her future. I think it would make a particularly good maternity leave book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2007

    missing the point

    Unlike the previous reviewer, I think this book has a very important message. My husband has struggled with a serious illness for many years and anticipates going on disability in the near future, so I face the very real possibility of being my family's sole breadwinner -- a position that would be much more difficult if I had taken time off from work to stay at home with my son. Contrary to what 'A Reviewer' seems to think, it isn't just women with 'loser husbands' who have to struggle with these issues. I'm glad she managed to 'marry someone good enough,' but I certainly hope she never finds herself in my situation -- she may be in for a rude awakening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    A must read for ALL women between 0-100!

    I thought this book was a great wake-up call for all women! I thought I could have written part of the book, as I myself have seen both my grandmother and mother grow up depending on men to find themselves up the creek after the divorce! My grandmother never recovered and is below poverty level while my mother struggled and still continues to do so and probably always will. But, they both grew up in times where 'marry a decent man, quit work, make babies & stay home' was the 'norm' for society. Seeing the women in my family put all their faith in men and then wind up with nothing when the men bailed taught me to stand on my own two feet. I know this book is biased, but it makes me sad to see all of the women my age and younger giving up their education and their careers to be a housewife! What a waste of education to have it 'just to fall back on' while tending the home. I think society is completely unfair in always assuming the woman will be the subordinate and give up her identity so the man can make the money! But, women continue to feed into it, so what can you do? But, this woman will have none of those myths! You can have it all-it just takes a little more work! But, what a satifsying life you will have at the end-your family and your own professional life that you enjoy and that's all your own!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2007

    SAHM who loved it!

    This book is thought-provoking and eye-opening. Even though I am a proud SAHM of 4 and would not change it for the time being (my kids are little). I am giving thought to what career to pursue once my youngest is in kindergarten. Some of the points Bennetts book made were very valid.

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