What I Read Wednesday: Screeds and Slinkies
I caught a short discussion on this controversial article on NPR’s Morning Edition while driving to work a few days back and, now that the madness of submitting my ERAS application is done (not to mention that I’m still feeling slappy after yesterday), I’ve finally got around to reading the piece.
The article is thought-provoking, though perhaps a bit inflammatory, as are the variously outraged (some of them viciously outraged) and applauding (some of them ferociously applauding) responding comments. It has quite obviously struck at a rather superficial and exquisitely sensitive nerve in it’s discussion of the role – and the identity and the pride – of today’s woman, and the sometimes competing entities of family, parenting, career, hobbies and other outside interests. Furthermore, it less-than-peripherally addresses different styles of parenting (gulp). It’s an interesting read, regardless of where you fall among the extremes of opinion.
If you’ve a few minutes to spare in your very busy and very meaningful lives, give it a look-see – and, after you do a little righteous seething or emphatic standing-ovationing, take a deep breath and think what circumstances may inspire you to do the opposite (or at least understand why someone else might).
It appeared in the Financial Times, called Disappearing Mothers, by Katie Roiphe.
And, just to lighten the mood, you should also check out this post on Krulwich Wonders… We all knew Slinkies were magical creatures, but now we’ve yet more proof that they are deeply (deeply) mysterious…