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The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home Paperback – January 31, 2012
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Until we shine a light on this question we can't expect men to intuitively KNOW it needs to be addressed since they've never done the work to begin with (plus, let's be real, how many of us RUN after more work?). Many women just do the work until they get sick from exhaustion- so the conversations aren't even happening, or they have happened and failed. I sent this book to friends with daughters and more importantly with sons, because we have a chance as mothers to raise men willing to share the work and to raise women who will not settle for anything less than an equal partner.
They also highlighted issues with 2 job families that our society needs a solution for, e.g. until there is adequate and affordable childcare women are taking lower paying flexible jobs to deal with half-day school schedules. If every parent works, how could a school arbitrarily close for a half day ? And why would we hobble 50% of our workers so they could not achieve their full potential when the resulting taxes they would have paid could help to support our economy? Yet my friends from NM to NY to CA complain about school schedules not matching work hours and having to compromise their careers.
An excellent read that prompted many productive conversations.
Hochschild interviewed and observed several different family environments, all had working mothers and children under the age of ten. She explains the different techniques that the mother uses to juggle home and work. The title Second Shift represents the house work that women generally deal with after their "first shift" at work.
Overall, any woman with a family can relate to at least one of the women in the book.
I enjoyed it very much; I had to read it for one of my graduate courses and I would recommend it to women and men alike!
Though I find the book interesting, informative, and engaging, it is often repetitive - the author probably could have made the same points in a book 60% of this length. It was somewhat disappointing that she focused so much on the specific relationships between wives and husbands, as though those attitudes are the root cause of the problem, rather than paying more attention to the structural issues within our society and culture that perpetuate inequality. In the last few paragraphs, she does describe how changes to the workplace, childcare, and urban planning could contribute to the cause of equality, but she mentions these as though they are an afterthought. Plus, an article published in the NY Times last month (entitled "When Family-Friendly Policies Backfire," and clearly written decades after The Second Shift) revealed statistics demonstrating that well-intentioned policies like paid maternity leave often contribute to further inequality. Hochschild neglects to mention how a culture that values productivity and profit above all else is also potentially to blame.
These reservations and imperfections aside, this book is an important one for the feminist bookshelf. How might the world change if more men (and people in general) read books like this?
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