Little Fires Everywhere The Spider Web Season 1 Episode 4 Editor’s Rating 3 stars *** «Previous Next Photo: Erin Simkin/Hulu Of all the books and thinkpieces and podcasts and TV commentary and stand-up specials and tweets and any other form of media that discuss motherhood, probably nothing has cut me more than a piece Caitlin Flanagan wrote for The Atlantic way back in 2004, which is titled “How Serfdom Saved the Women’s Movement” and details the internal frustration felt by so many women over whether and how to balance parenting and working. Actually, it’s this one specific line from the polarizing author that sticks with me: “If you want to make an upper-middle-class woman squeal in indignation, tell her she can’t have something.” I wasn’t married when Flanagan published the piece. I also didn’t have kids and I certainly wasn’t upper-middle class. But I understood then, and now more than ever, what she meant. If you have been taught your entire childhood that you can achieve anything and get all that you deserve just by working hard — and are not taught anything about luck, race, wealth, class, disabilities, or any other hurdle — then, yeah, you’d be pretty upset… Read full this story
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