No. I don’t think anyone here is arguing that.

The notion that raising children and tending house with modern appliances is such hard work is also hogwash.

Yeah, right. Try having two or three toddlers/babies at once. My parents had three. It’s a lot harder than you think. Yes, there’s some free time — but it’s almost never truly “free”. Daytime soaps and novels have always been for housewives, not necessarily mothers. Parenting toddlers is also completely different from a full-time job, in terms of simply draining you. It’s truly a full-time job–24 hours a day, though the wife would presumably have her husband’s help for a decent amount of that time. Note I’m talking about toddlers, here, not teenagers.

Doug1 PERMALINK November 17, 2009 7:05 pm LIL–

My mother had her third and last child when I was six and a fully sentient being.

The infant stage is a lot more work but women exaggerate that enormously too. There is nighttime feeding too, yes, so interrupted sleep. But still the tyke is mostly asleep or toddling around in a crib and the mother can be reading or watching tv or these days on the internet most of the time. Some shopping yes, but women often like that. Not so much grocery shopping true, but it’s hardly hard work.

Yes LILGRL, I think the degree of work that being a homemaker these days with the conveniences is is vastly exaggerated.

Doug1 PERMALINK November 17, 2009 7:08 pm LIL–

No. I don’t think anyone here is arguing that.

I wasn’t asking you, was I?

As for what anyone is arguing the issue hadn’t come up. And I smell that Nathan and perhaps Dreamer too would not answer as you did, without being asked. The rhetoric about “sacrificing her career” is standard feminism and women’s mag justification for alimony even when the wife walks no fault, or adulterously, out. (Though women get caught far less for lots of reasons. And admit it far less often.)

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