Unworkable Lives

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Working Women, Workable Lives
Linamen and Holland
1993

This is another of those books that attempts to help women solve their problems with juggling home and family obligations against those of one’s career. I should make these books their own special category. Check out a couple of examples here, here, here, and here.) They all have suggestions like:

  • Stay more organized
  • Take time for yourself
  • Hire a babysitter
  • Talk to your husband
  • Meditate

I feel like I read most of the ones published between 1989-1995 when I was trying to to get a handle on my life. None of these books have any real solutions. Even the privileged mother with lots of cash, supportive family, and a staff would find these suggestions ridiculous. The reality is that none of these books go after the real problems or working women. You know, those pesky problems like wage inequality, lack of childcare, sexism, racism, worker exploitation, poor management, etc. You know, the problems that plague 99% of working families.

Basically, like all books of this type, your inability to manage the unmanageable, is because of a lack of organization or failure to “find your creative period”.  I am sure if I just embraced my creative time, I could pay the rent and the dishes would magically do themselves.

Mary

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myth of superwoman

Organization

creative problem solving

affair prevention

 

 

8 comments

  1. That’s one of the most early 90’s books I’ve seen from the early 90’s. Seems pretty useless, but the ant cartoon is cute!

  2. I would embrace my creativity to find my way to DoorDash and use a lot of paper plates.

    Or, y’know, send the husband out to get food and wash the dishes — which is what I do.

    I have discovered that men are, in fact, smart enough to operate dishwashers and clothes washers all by themselves! If properly trained, they can even learn to separate whites, darks, and reds! And they can learn to follow the instructions on microwave dinners!

    1. Interesting — I was thinking I was the only person who separated laundry into whites, darks, and reds!

      1. I think of it patriotically — red, white, and blue! (and black and green and brown and purple and… darks)

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