Whether it's a couple of years of intensive parentblogging, or the shifting economy, finding the right research, or whatever, the NY Times' Lisa Belkin is finally seeing work-family balance issues as a parents' problem, not just a moms' problem. From a column in this weekend's Times Magazine:
Men today are at the turning point women reached several decades ago, when the joint demands of work and home first intensified. In her new book, "Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter , Joan C. Williams describes how men find themselves caught between meeting cultural expectations and a growing dissatisfaction with the constricted roles shaped by those expectations. "You have to ask why, if women are asking men to change, and if men say they want change, it hasn't happened," she says. "Either they are all lazy, or they are under tremendous gender pressures of their own."Aha, it's just a new book. By the founding director of one of the leading [i.e., only leading?] research organization that focuses on the topic, the WorkLife Law Center at UC Hastings Law School. But whatever, we'll take it.
And from my experience writing for the Times, I will assume that the retrograde headline was not Belkin's choice, and that if it was, she'll come around on that, eventually, too.
Calling Mr. Mom? [nyt]