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You've Come a Long Way Baby -- NY Times Position on Marriage for Women Shifting
Posted by SLRT on Mon Jul 16 14:24:24 2012From the groovy days of the sexual revolution the New York Times was a leader in articles suggesting that women could "have it all": career, children and no pesky men hanging around. Many articles noted the increase in mother-child(ren) households and put a hopeful face on it.
One such article was titled "The Increasing Single Parent Families ... Despite Problems, They Find it Workable," by Georgia Dullea, 12/3/1974.
Somehow these brave women always managed to cope, sometimes with surprisingly helpful ex-husbands or friendly neighbors. One woman even had her front and back lawns magically cut by an anonymous neighbor.
Thirty-five years later, this Brave New World doesn't seem quite as shiny, and The Times now has a long article entitled "Two Classes, Divided by ‘I Do’". Too long to post, but it describes two women of similar background, each of whom started college, and work in the same place. But one woman finished college and married; the other got pregnant in college, dropped out, and continued to live with the guy. By the time she realized her life with this guy was going nowhere she had three kids by him.
What's impressive about this article is that it just leaves the situation hanging in the air, without the kind of policy prescription The Times would have suggested in the past: More quality day care, flexible work hours, more government help, "making men take responsibility" (ha!).
No not Fox News. Yes, The New York Times.