The Consequences of “Opting Out”

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It’s nice to say that working or not working is simply a matter of personal choice, but in reality it’s a highly gendered one — and one that puts women at a disadvantage when it comes to stability, equality and independence. All of those factors push women in certain directions and men in others, and inevitably lead to inequality and resentment. Warner’s piece details it well: the wife opts out, only to find that her marriage starts to become a traditional one, with her husband expecting her to keep a perfect June Cleaver house in addition to taking care of the children. . . .

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