Thursday, June 4, 2009

"Liberated and Unhappy" - Just Food for Thought

Interesting article from the New York Times

Op-Ed Columnist: Liberated and Unhappy By ROSS DOUTHAT

In the 1960s, American women reported themselves happier, on average, than did men. Today, that gender gap has reversed. Male happiness has inched up, and female happiness has dropped.


"...all the achievements of the feminist era may have delivered women to greater unhappiness. In the 1960s, when Betty Friedan diagnosed her fellow wives and daughters as the victims of “the problem with no name,” American women reported themselves happier, on average, than did men. Today, that gender gap has reversed. Male happiness has inched up, and female happiness has dropped. In postfeminist America, men are happier than women."

Side Note: I've had a lot of fun running around Corporate America and am grateful to be treated equally. I DO think however that men and women are just plain different. And while women are certainly MORE THAN CAPABLE of ROCKING the workplace and even tackling labor jobs successfully, maybe these numbers just illustrate the point that we are most happy when we find joy in our God given strengths? What's wrong with excelling at and embracing motherhood? Certainly more satisfying than documenting profit and loss margins at HP, trust me.

Could it be we've spent all these years trying to "prove" we are equal to men, by simply trying to BE men?

I am woman, hear me...?

4 comments:

Tricia said...

I couldn't have said it better!

Dana said...

Yes great comments!!!

Christensen's said...

amen

JenJ said...

yes!!!!