the political as personal
Beneath highly manicured glam shots, each “member” or “partner” reveals her personal “Lean In moment.” The accounts inevitably have happy finales—the Lean In guidelines instruct contributors to “share a positive ending.” Tina Brown’s Lean In moment: getting her parents to move from England to “the apartment across the corridor from us on East 57th Street in New York,” so her mother could take care of the children while Brown took the helm at The New Yorker. If you were waiting for someone to lean in for child care legislation, keep holding your breath. So far, there’s no discernible groundswell.
And the subtext, for the non-New York City residents among your readership, is that that “apartment across the corridor from us on East 57th Street” likely would have cost, even 20 years ago when Tina Brown was at The New Yorker, well north of $1M. Yup — “lean in,” ladies, “lean in!”
I’m baffled indeed. Is it seen as a good thing to manipulate the lives of two people so they they give up everything they know in order to provide free baby-sitting services for someone who wants to be a high flyer at work? Just how is this utter selfishness a good thing? I feel sorry for couples where both *have* to work just to keep a roof over their head, not spoiled individuals that feel they are so special that they are doing the world a favour by producing offspring they then expect others to look after.