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May 05, 2006
To Hell With ALL That
Just like "Mommy Wars," Caitlin Flanagan's new book, "To Hell with All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife," has received a lot of buzz, especially on the blogosphere. On Pandagon, a posting about a Flanagan interview garnered 58 comments.
Now, I'll be the first to admit that the be-all-end all for me would be to work full-time and have full-time live-in help. Since I thrive in an office setting (the gossip, the social outlet, the stimulation!), the ultimate drugery for me would be to stay-at-home full-time. Again, this is me talking--I'm someone who loves to work in the office.
And that's what I think is most controversial aspect of Flanagan's stay-at-home-is-nirvana stance. In fact, Cali Yost's Work+Life Fit Blog makes a great point. Flanagan may call herself a stay-at-home mom, but she works. Books don't appear out of thin air. Neither do New Yorker articles (Flanagan is a contributor.)
Let's call a spade a spade.
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