more choices, less happy?

From Maureen Dowd, Sunday September 20, 2009

When women stepped into male- dominated realms, they put more demands — and stress — on themselves. If they once judged themselves on looks, kids, hubbies, gardens and dinner parties, now they judge themselves on looks, kids, hubbies, gardens, dinner parties — and grad school, work, office deadlines and meshing a two-career marriage.


1 Response to “more choices, less happy?”

  1. 1 thetigressreader
    September 24, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Ramblings from Heather:
    So, where does this leave us? Why are men so much happier? I am not sure I 100% buy the argument that they are happier because they have less work to do (although I’m sure that helps). I also think there is a different set of expectations for male accomplishment. Women put a lot of pressure on themselves to excel at everything they are doing, but I wonder where that need comes from. Maybe we feel like there is a lot more at stake. We aren’t paid as much at work, and there are still many glass ceilings to be shattered, and so we need to be perfect there so we can rise the ranks. At home, the responsibility of child-rearing and our relationships still fall in our laps. So maybe its not just that we have more to do that causes so much strife, its also that when things don’t work out, they feel more often like our fault. Also, I want to say that there is a real lack of role models for alternative ways of navigating these waters. I would love to know more women who are bucking the whole idea of success and failure. Maybe it is that notion in general that is bumming us all out so much.

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