Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Misogyny; heterocentrism; gender essentialism.]

"Women are racing all the time to try to have a perfect house and perfect kids and be a perfect cook. Men, somehow, for whatever reason, seem to be better able to pick and choose, to focus on things they like and that are important to them, and let the other things go."—Debora Spar, president of Barnard College, quoted in an article titled: "Juggling act: Why are women still trying to do it all?"

Ha ha FOR WHATEVER REASON. Who knows what that reason could be?! It's a mystery lost to the sands of time.

Runner-up for best quote from this article goes to the also-quoted Pamela Smock, a sociology professor at the University of Michigan: "[Women are] going to have to somehow get their husbands to do more. Come at the conversation with this kind of information. Don't come at it in anger. Talk about what they need to do as partners for the long-term." Try baking them cookies, and serving those cookies while you ask your husband to please not treat you like a servant!

[Note: I suspect, by the way, that Debora Spar and Pamela Smock are way more clued in than these quotes suggest, and that they have been quoted in a way that justifies being able to write an article about these issues in a way that fails to task men with any responsibility for them.]

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