Thank you for your positive view of work. The thing that bothered me most about this whole Hirshman firestorm is how work in the formal sector is derided as utter drudgery. People who enjoy formal paid work are viewed as handmaids to capitalism soley interested in padding their back accounts. Work, from low-status jobs such as hotel maids to high-status jobs such as doctors, has unique and important values other than the accummulation of money.


Amen sister. I have been holding my own tongue on this latest round of Hirshman blogging since I got so thoroughly reamed last time. But,I am with you, I have chosen to push myself as far as I can in my career. But, my idol was Simone de Beauvoir. And, her writings on marriage and motherhood are far worse than anything Hirshman says (I am so hardcore, I won't even get married!)


What's with all of the attitudes. Happy, if you want to work, go work. If you want to stay home and eat bon bons, stay home and eat bon bons (other issues about that are between you and your husband - just the same as if he wanted to stay home and eat bon bons). So what if other people do not like your choices. These are the kinds of choices society allows you to make. Just because some author has to label, categorize, and critique these choices a certain way is, when it comes down to it, meaningless (thus, the reason a number of my friends have left academia for other careers - their research had little/no impact on real life problems). His or her writings do not have to have any effect on your day to day life.

Nor are these writings needed to justify your choices. As you point out, you're a productive member of society. If others do not understand your choices, maybe the problem is with them and not you. Are they too hung up on the idea that women are supposed to get married, put their careers aside and crank out babies? Are they jealous because they realize that they've made the wrong choices in life and prefer the choices you've made rather than their own choices?

As for validation, you don't need it from a book. You have it within yourself. You're happy with what you're doing.

Gee, I'm short eight words . . . and that's 250.


>>> "You know what? You're not gonna see me this weekend, because I am going to be chained to my desk working."

I don't really view this as putting work before family. Obviously (hopefully?) your family gets some benefit out of your efforts at work, plus you have responsibilities that may not always mesh with family time. That’s unavoidable unless you take the extreme step of quitting work. On the other hand, if you preferred to be at work on most weekends rather than with family, or looked for opportunities to spend even more time at work, than I'd say you're putting work first (and also that you should scout out a good divorce lawyer for the storm to come).

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go Happy!

The Happy Feminist

You're missing the point, chipmunk. Of course, I am free to do whatever I want, and I do. But I think respect and recognition are extremely important. I know men in general certainly think so.


This post made me extremely happy.

David Thompson

but family time does not come before work time in our house.

That is an interesting way to view things, but I am glad it's not the way I view it.


Well, obviously different parts of Hirshman`s message resonate differently with different people!

Glad you`re happy, Happy.


how work in the formal sector is derided as utter drudgery

Sometimes it is. HF is in a generally well-paid, intellectually stimulating part of the workforce.

I, too, am glad to see somebody say that career isn't an only-if-you-have-to choice for women. I kinda wish Hirschman had been able to do it without crapping on mothers and on the women she pays to clean her house, though.

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