Close these books, and you can't help wondering. And I can't help wanting a more accurate picture of how mothers whose middle- (and working-) class lives I don't know about, much less identify with, are coping. Before we get swept up in another round of what Warner calls "catastrophizing"—this time about child-fixated supermothers—it's worth finding out whether addled overparenting is in fact the core problem facing most American families. Warner is right, it is time to "take to the streets," to get a wider view of what mothers really want and need and are ready to demand.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
Global Marches Demand Action on Climate Change
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union
Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem
Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology.