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女性不能拥有一切?(Women Can't Have it All?)  

2012-07-01 12:38:25|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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最近一篇关于女性“拥有一切”的文章引发了一场女性怎样平衡家庭与事业的网络辩论。这篇由前国务部官员Ann-Marie Slaughter所写的文章,侧重于一个由来已久的话题:女性身肩要职的同时还要承担家庭责任。两年来在华盛顿工作,只有周末才能回到新泽西与丈夫儿女团聚,她最终选择放弃职位,长久留在家中。Slaughter在就职国务部之前曾于普林斯顿从事一项高难度工作,但她始终相信自己能够平衡家庭和事业。然而,长时间地工作于华盛顿,却居住在另一个州,这对Slaughter和她的家庭成员来说都是一种折磨。她的长子也开始表达不满了。

女性不能拥有一切?(Women Can’t Have it All?) - 美国马尾妹 - 花旗国的半边天

A recent article about women “having it all” has recently sparked an Internet debate about the way women balance careers and family.  The article, written by former State Department official, Ann-Marie Slaughter, focuses on the age-old issue of women working in demanding positions while trying to raise a family and take care of household responsibilities.  After two years of working in Washington D.C., while commuting back to New Jersey on the weekends, where her husband and two children lived, Slaughter eventually stepped down from her position to return home permanently.  Although Slaughter had a demanding job at Princeton before she assumed her role at the State Department, she always felt that she could balance her work and family life fairly.  However, spending so much time in Washington, while her family lived in another state, proved trying on both Slaughter and her family, and her eldest son began acting out.

When Slaughter returned home, she was met with many questions about her reason for stepping down.  Some people felt it was somehow sad or unfortunate that Slaughter had to step down from her position in Washington to be with her family.  Others gave Slaughter the impression that she was somehow substandard because she could not balance both her family and a high-powered career.  These reactions triggered Slaughter to write the article about her experiences and her new feelings about women balancing work and family.

Slaughter’s article is quite long, and examines societal expectations of women, and also discusses the changes necessary before women can have it all.  As Slaughter uses her own experiences as examples of this work-career balance, one cannot help but wonder if Slaughter’s conclusion is true: women can’t have it all, at least not yet. 

Discussion Questions

What does it mean to “have it all?”  Before you read Slaughter’s article (and the reason why I did not include more specific details about what Slaughter thinks must change) I want to ask you if you think women can have it all?  Is it just an American desire to “have it all” or do women from other countries also want to have a demanding career and family?  What do you think must change before women (in any country) can “have it all?”  What role should men play in helping women to have it all?  What responsibility do men have to contribute at home?

讨论:

什么叫做“拥有一切”?在你阅读Slaughter的文章之前,我想知道你认为女性能拥有一切吗?这只是美国女性的愿望吗?还是其他国家的女性也渴望同时兼顾事业和家庭?你认为任何国家的女性在实现“拥有一切”之前什么必须要改变?男性需要扮演怎样的角色来帮助女性实现拥有一切?在家中他们需要作出怎样的贡献呢?

Sources

Slaugher, A.M., (2012). Why Women Still Can’t Have It All. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/why-women-still-can-8217-t-have-it-all/9020/6/?single_page=true

 

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