My conversation with Leslie Bennetts, author of The Feminine Mistake
was a challenging one. It was difficult for me to connect with someone who was so uncompromising and loath to seek common ground. You can either admire her strength or totally disagree with her approach. My concern is that she has a kernel of an important message that she is presenting in a way that will totally alienate the women whom she is trying to reach. No one likes to be told that they've already ruined their life by leaving the workforce to stay at home with their children.
I have written extensively about her book in earlier blog postings so I won't say much more, other than to reiterate that it can be a useful experience to listen to people whose opinions you do not agree with. Bennetts' strong position will give you something to respond to. My reaction was to think of all the things I should
have said...much later on. Listen to the show
and decide for yourself. I hope you'll post your thoughts here to create a group dialogue and feedback loop!
Labels: Leslie Bennetts, Mommy Wars, The Feminine Mistake