Let’s Stop Talking About “Having It All” For A Couple Days, Okay?
11:45 am, July 6th | by Amy Tennery
Over two weeks ago, The Atlantic published a story from Anne-Marie Slaughter called “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” The title pretty much says it all. And the item, unsurprisingly, set off a firestorm of controversy. In our response piece, we argued that women can’t have it all because men don’t push for the same level of work-family balance that women do (just read it, I swear it kind of makes sense).
But while the bulk of the response pieces to The Atlantic’s item (including ours) came the day the story was published, many followup posts continue to roll in. And sure, it’s been fun to skim the headlines to see what people have to say (and, quite frankly, it beats trying to read all 9,000 of the actual response stories). But while many of those headlines make some solid points, others made us feel… well, rather defensive, irritated, depressed and/or otherwise anxious as all heck.
Here’s a few we think fall under that category. We have sufficiently metta-ed the whole thing.
(Note: We’re not criticizing anyone here for talking about a topic that’s very worthy. And certainly we’re guilty too of piling on Slaughter at one point. But maybe let’s just leave The Atlantic alone for a couple days. I think the folks there need a break.)