I’m posting this piece with a caveat. (I’m letting go their problematic use of the term “sexes” instead of “genders” - one would have thought that gendered effects and socialisation would be crucial to a study such as this.) The blog authors argue that family is becoming almost as important for men as it is for women (and that career is important for both) but it’s not completely clear from the data that they have described how they conclude that. Women and men in the sample were asked about the importance of “good parenting” which is not the same thing as “becoming a parent”. The first is a hypothetical question about an approach to parenting (if one was a parent), and the second is about the importance of becoming a parent during the life course. Good parenting is important to both men and women (in part), but the data (presented in the post below) say nothing about the importance of being a parent,
If you’re interested, you can look into it further.[Via sociologicalimages]
The recent Atlantic article by Anne-Marie Slaughter revived an ongoing conversation about women’s efforts to balance work and family in their lives. Unfortunately, new data from the Pew Research Center suggests that striking a happy balance is increasingly out of reach. This is because the value women place on both parenting well and having a successful career is growing. In other words, women’s expectations are rising. Interestingly, men’s expectations are rising, too, increasing the degree to which their desires might conflict, but to a somewhat lesser degree.
(No, no, no, no, I am not linking to any of those insipid “Women can have it all” articles here.)