Thursday, October 01, 2009

"Popular Obsession"

It was a "popular obsession" in elite media writers who regularly reach for any backlash-friendly tale they can spin.

A first census snapshot of married women who stay home to raise their children shows that the popular obsession with high-achieving professional mothers sidelining careers for family life is largely beside the point.

Instead, census statistics released Thursday show that stay-at-home mothers tend to be younger and less educated, with lower family incomes. They are more likely than other mothers to be Hispanic or foreign-born.

...adding, you can see how this played out. A couple people in the right social circles felt conflicted about leaving their careers to have children, spawning a wave of articles written to justify their decisions.