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Women less happy after 40 years of feminism? Maybe....

Started by Waylon, May 30, 2009, 03:39:59 PM

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Women less happy after 40 years of feminism

Despite wealth, health and opportunity, men still more
content says study by US National Bureau of Economic Research

On the long and winding road to having it all, Helen Parker is making good progress. At 27 she's forging a career as an executive with a transport company in London, she has a steady boyfriend, and together they are buying a flat. One day the prospect of starting a family will beckon.

By many standards, she's thriving. So is she happy?

"Um, I'm reasonably happy," she said. "And I'm optimistic about the future. But there will always be sacrifices.

"There's plenty more opportunities for women than there used to be — but then again, that means you are always questioning whether the moves you have made are correct, or whether you should have done something else."

Like many women, her sense of wellbeing and life satisfaction do not match up with advances in social circumstances and material comforts. After 40 years of fighting for equality, it seems that women are no happier. In fact, women in many countries have been growing steadily unhappier compared with men, according to a study published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research in the United States.

Full Story:  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6395879.ece
The trouble with reality is that there's no background music.


I'll put my toe in the water....

Suppose if I would have married a bright guy the first time, I wouldn't have needed to use my college education so I could make enough money to feed my kids when he left.  And then, there is the case of being with someone that pays almost half his monthly income to the witchala that feels she earned his money birthing his sons.

It's one big mess, I'll say...but certainly I am very happy that I can earn the money I do and really love my job.  Maybe I am the exception to the rule?