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The Conflict by Élisabeth Badinter
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Aug 06, 2012

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Badinter poses interesting questions about the economics of mothering. Not only does she describe workplace inequities, she describes the domestic sphere as a place where mother and father work out a dynamic of parenting, housework and emotional labor.

It was a thoughtful book with some valid questions. I would have probably engaged in the topic more intensely when my children were preschoolers and I was working full-time. Now I have made my peace with the demands of parenting, in part by leaving my career of 25 years and going to school--online, which gives me the flex time I need as a parent.

This is a good book for women with a little background in feminist theory because she takes an academic approach. And even though most of her examples are based on French culture, some of the same issues still resonate for women in other countries as well.

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