To Fix Female Problems, make Men be like Women (?)

I’m not making this up. ht Glenn Reynolds
In this study from Harvard Business review on executives and family life and trying to create a balance we get this out of Jessica Grose at Slate: [bold is mine]

The most disheartening thing about the survey results is that executives—both male and female—continue to see the tension between work and family as a women’s problem. Male executives admit they don’t prioritize their families enough, and they don’t seem too bothered by it. They praise their spouses for taking over the homefront entirely, while female executives praise their spouses for not interfering with their careers.

As Rebecca Traister recently pointed out in the New Republic, when we’re trying to solve the problem of not enough women in the upper echelons of business, tech, and politics, we always direct these conversations at women themselves. Lean in, we tell them! Marry a man who will stay at home! But the problem here isn’t women’s lack of ambition or, necessarily, their lack of support at home. The issue is that we need to get men to acknowledge work-life conflicts as an everyone issue, not a women’s issue or a mom issue.

The re-wording:
I feel guilty for leaving the kids with the nanny, but boy, I’d feel a LOT better if my husband felt guilty too! How can we, as a society, make that happen.

There is a lot going on in the world, but James Taranto

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