twitter facebook stumble upon rss

American Women: More Power than Pleasure

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

A new poll mounted by Time magazine on the state of American women is as positive as it is perplexing.

business woman smiling

Dr. Wendy Walsh: In business, power, and economics, the news is good. Women make up 49 percent of the workforce and 57 percent of all college students, and hold jobs that include Supreme Court Justices, governors, and Ivy League presidents. However, even on the economic playing field, there is still a lag. For every dollar that men make, women earn only 77 cents.

On the home front, things aren't nearly as rosy. Nearly 70 percent of women still have the primary responsibility for taking care of children, the sick, elderly, and their homes. In 1970, nearly all children grew up with a stay-at-home parent. Today, only about 30 percent do, and 65 percent of adults view this as a negative phenomenon.

And we seem to be depressed about our double duty, even if we aren't actually diagnosed. Nearly 70 percent of the prescriptions for antidepressants (SSRIs) are given to women, often with improper diagnosis and little monitoring. One study found that 43 percent of those prescribed antidepressants had no psychiatric diagnosis or any mental health care except for the prescription of the drug. Twice as many psychiatric drugs are prescribed for women than for men. Depression has been called the most significant mental health risk for women, especially younger women of childbearing and childrearing age.

So what's going on here? Why are we so unhappy? We got everything feminism promised, didn't we? I mean, we have so many choices in lifestyle. We can be perpetually single, we can be child-free, we can be gay and bisexual. We can be the primary wage-earner. But can we get any help around the house? Apparently not. And what if we don't want a career outside of the home (God forbid!)? Fat chance, ladies. Unless you are Martha Stewart and can turn your canning, crafts, and cooking into an empire, few men these days can finance this type of woman's hobby.

The problem that feminists couldn't have forecasted when they staged the International Women's Year back in 1975 was that as a woman left for work, no one else showed up to do the job she left at home -- the down-and-sometimes-dirty work of womanhood: cooking, cleaning, and child-rearing. Or, as I like to call it, playing with fire, chemicals, and poop! Sheesh. Mothers need some Hazmat pay.

What early feminists also didn't calculate is this: Feminism would quickly get into bed with capitalism and give birth to consumerism. Instead of a gently robust economy, where women replaced men in many jobs, we got a hugely booming economy as women joined men and helped double the workforce in the 1980s and 90s. And with the rise of consumerism and ensuing social pressure to earn two incomes to buy all those precious trinkets, today few women GET to stay home with their children, even if they desire it.

Time magazine did point out that the recession is changing the game once again. The new economy has forced more men than women out of jobs, and it is forecasted that by the end of 2009, for the first time in history, more than half the American workforce will be made up of women. And what of those unemployed men? Will they finally start to load the dishwasher and fold the laundry? This remains to be seen.


next: The Green-Eyed Mommy
184 comments so far | Post a comment now
praca February 26, 2011, 11:59 AM

Outstanding share it is actually. Friend on mine has been looking for this information.

praca February 26, 2011, 6:24 PM

We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with valuable info to work on. You’ve done a formidable job and our entire community will be thankful to you.

Concetta Gennusa February 27, 2011, 2:56 AM

Thanks for your wonderful post! It has long been extremely insightful. I hope that you’ll carry on sharing your wisdom with us.

program tv February 27, 2011, 5:52 AM

I think this is one of the most significant info for me. And i am glad reading your article. But want to remark on few general things, The web site style is wonderful, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers

program tv February 27, 2011, 6:13 AM

Hello there, You have done a fantastic job. I will definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this site.

program tv February 27, 2011, 8:18 AM

Undeniably believe that which you stated. Your favorite reason appeared to be on the net the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people think about worries that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

Kaycee Irelan February 27, 2011, 9:53 AM

Thanks for every other excellent article. Where else may anyone get that type of information in such an ideal manner of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I am on the look for such information.

sukienki February 27, 2011, 10:05 AM

hey there and thank you for your information – I’ve definitely picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical issues using this site, since I experienced to reload the site lots of times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your hosting is OK? Not that I’m complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and can damage your quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my email and can look out for a lot more of your respective exciting content. Ensure that you update this again very soon..

program tv February 27, 2011, 12:13 PM

Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and aid others like you aided me.

Goji Beere February 28, 2011, 10:57 AM

Is there a purpose of this kind of post should you don’t mind me asking?

chocolate covered espresso beans February 28, 2011, 1:06 PM

I love this article a lot. I will certainly be back. Hope that I can study more insightful posts then. Will be sharing your wisdom with all of my associates!

buty February 28, 2011, 1:18 PM

Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite reason appeared to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people consider worries that they plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

StarCraft 2 Guide March 1, 2011, 4:53 PM

I agree with most of your points, but a few need to be discussed further, I will hold a small talk with my partners and maybe I will look for you some suggestion soon.

James Malinchak Scam Information March 2, 2011, 1:47 AM

When I start your Feed it appears to be a ton of nonsense, is the issue on my part?

Julissa Hermanowicz March 4, 2011, 11:11 PM

Thanks for this wonderful article! It is extremely useful. I hope that you’ll carry on posting your knowledge with us.

Aquarium einrichten March 5, 2011, 2:47 AM

Are you aware if will probably be worth buying a itemizing in a basic directory ? May this help my website ?

sudden sensorineural hearing loss March 6, 2011, 4:44 AM

Keep working ,fantastic job!

vigrx pills March 6, 2011, 8:36 AM

The beauty of these blogging engines and CMS platforms is the lack of limitations and ease of manipulation that allows developers to implement rich content and ‘skin’ the site in such a way that with very little effort one would never notice what it is making the site tick all without limiting content and effectiveness.

vipassana meditation March 6, 2011, 10:10 AM

I’ve browsed a couple of pages of this webpage, however the navigation will not appear to line up with the rest of the website properly which in turn makes pressing the links hard. Do you need me to mail you a screenshot?

chickenpox vaccine March 7, 2011, 6:55 PM

Hi my friend! I want to say that this article is amazing, nice written and include almost all significant infos. I’d like to see more posts like this .


Back to top >>
advertisement