The Myth of Co-Parenting Summary

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Edelman, Hope. "The Myth of Co-Parenting: How it was Supposed to be. How it was." The Bitch in the House . 1st. New York: William Morrow, 2002. This mother/wife/former full time career woman tells of how her attempt at co-parenting did not work out because she married a man whose work hours "exponentially increased", giving her no choice but to decrease hers until they were no more to avoid their daughter from becoming "functionally orphaned". She writes of how she finds herself in a position much resembling that of her mother's, with a husband coming home in time for dinner, and she relates the story of meeting her own husband. Frustrated, she name-drops a few well-known feminists and the "womyn" in her feminist criticism class from graduate school, and addresses the issues they once mentioned involving motherhood and careers. She finally comes to the realization that she is most frustrated with her husband, because it was not through discussion that her position as strictly housewife came about. The result of the piece is resignation, and an occasional babysitter--not uplifting or hopeful, but a way to cope and another woman's story to think about. - N.T. Hope Edelman looks at the realities of marriage and imbalanced parenting roles in her article "The Myth of Co-Parenting." She writes about the common belief that couples have when going into a marriage: things will be perfect. Edelman uses her own marriage to reveal the unexpected difficulties that married couples experience when trying to share responsibilities of working and raising a family. She explains that even though many females feel liberated and inspired to be independent from their husbands, often times these women still end up doing most of the domestic work. Edelman shows how embedded gendered work is in our society, even among feminists. The author explains very common

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