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Book about "mommy wars" by Leslie Bennetts

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An interesting argument, although a bit redundant

  • Jun 13, 2008
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Bennetts makes a very interesting argument for why women should stay in the workforce, even when they don't necessarily have to. Through using case studies, sociological research, and even her own experience, Bennetts touches on both the financial and psychological reasons that work is so important. While I don't necessarily agree with all of her arguments, they are presented in a logical, clear way.

However, I definitely do have some criticisms of the book. First and foremost, Bennett's book is extremely one sided. While of course she IS trying to make an argument, I think that her argument is significantly weakened by the fact that she either does not mention WHY women often choose to opt out of the work force and when she does, she dismisses these reasons as ill informed and petty. Additionally, the book repeats the same information in 15 different ways. With each chapter I read, I feel a sense of deja vu since the information is nearly identical to what I just read.

Her writing is so biased, that I get the idea that she is trying to assuage her own guilt by putting down other people's life choices. While its an interesting read and something that holds some value/validity, I would hesitate to base my life completely on the suggestions of Leslie Bennetts.

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I am a recent USC grad. My degree is in business with an emphasis in management, however I have many interests beyond that. I especially love traveling (been to 20 countries so far and have a long list … more
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Author: Leslie Bennetts
Genre: Sociology/Womens Studies
Publisher: Voice
Date Published: March, 2007
ISBN: 1401303064
Format: Hardcover
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