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A few months ago, I posted a status update to my Facebook page decrying the media’s insistence on portraying Michelle Obama as “mom-in-chief.”  I said that she was a lawyer who had graduated from a prestigious university, and now she was being “reduced” to a mother.  Several of my friends, parents of their own, objected, arguing that parenting is a legitimate job and should not be denigrated.  I agree: I don’t think it’s fair to trivialize the very real difficulties women in traditional, so-called nuclear families face when it is assumed that they are responsible for complete maintenance of the household and child-rearing.  These difficulties are compounded when both parents work, since women are still expected to shoulder the majority of  the child-care burden.  But the shift in the media’s framing of Michelle Obama is still telling, I think.  It suggests that no matter how much a woman accomplishes professionally, our culture will jump at any chance to get her back into the home, taking care of the kids. (more…)

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