Thursday, May 30, 2013

Incendiary Thought: Men Don't Whine About Work-Life Balance, They Just Get It Done

That's not me speaking so lay off me seething feminist hordes!  Here is BloombergBusinessWeek on the topic, although emphasis mine:
“ ‘Work-life balance’ is one of these terms that tends to get overused,” says Rob Lanoue, a partner with Deloitte’s consulting group in Toronto. “It’s ‘balanced/unbalanced,’ ” chips in colleague Andrew Hamer, a senior consultant.
Lanoue, 43, in an open-collar shirt and sporting a wall clock-size dive watch, exudes a relaxed jock vibe, while Hamer, 29, is more hunky corporate hipster, with a beard, jeans, and checked blazer. They, along with Jonathan Magder, 35, a slender, mellow-voiced manager in Deloitte’s corporate strategy group, are eating breakfast across the street from their office, spearing eggs and discussing how they juggle their careers and families. In its contours, the conversation happens countless times a day among groups of women. This male version also touches on the challenges of getting home for bath time, showing up at recitals, and how all that must be reconciled with driving ambition. The only thing missing is the guilt and self-flagellation, which, if they were women, would be accumulating on the floor in puddles around their feet. You might call them “Alpha Dads,” guys who are as serious about their parenting as they are about making partner. What they illustrate is that men might actually be better at handling women’s issues than women.
Men have given up the pipe, smoking jacket and slippers routine to help around the house and do some actual parenting.  We're better off for it, but I don't hear alot of whining among my set about what has been lost or the lack of balance yadayada.  We do what we have to do and life is mostly good.  That doesn't make for ripe or copious material to keep hundreds of Men's Studies professors preoccupied in our illustrious higher education system.


Blogger Megw922 said...

This is my wonderful husband of 29 years. Missed every doctor's appt, dentist appt, most emergency room visits - my job. Taught 4daughters to hit a baseball, throw a football, dribble a basketball, drive a car. Coached all 4 in one sport or another. Worked incredible hours after we were all asleep to be successful. Still somehow says he is the lucky one in this marriage. Not, says one very lucky woman.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Lee Reynolds said...

Conservative women don't tend to gripe much either, they just get the job done.

The people (of both sexes) who seem to complain about life's challenges are those on the left, as well as the emotionally stunted, but I repeat myself.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Segesta said...

As a single dad, my work and life are balanced. But there are a million pounds on each side of the scale! :-)

8:35 PM  
Blogger Jum said...

Bingo. The unspoken philosophy of the last non-whiners left in America. It's humiliating to even contemplate playing the victim, and lessens our sense of ourselves, our dignity and our sense of right and worng.

11:45 PM  
Blogger Jeff H said...

Why do women need to study how to be women? Wish some of those "women's studies" professoresses would answer that question.

7:57 AM  

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