Cory Leonard

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Anne-Marie Slaughter: Forget Having It All — Own What You Want

In career on February 15, 2013 at 5:26 am

How to juggle it all–and I do think that juggling, not balancing is the right metaphor here. Slaughter touches on a question that certainly hit my generation as well.

Slaughter: They wanted to open up the conversation around work and family. They wanted to hear more than what I and so many of my peers had been telling them, which is, you can do it. Our standard response had been, “You can do it. Its hard, but you can make it work.” That is, of course, true for some number of women, and that has been true of me as long as I stay in a more flexible job. I did make it work for two years in Washington. I just couldnt make it work for four, much less eight.But these younger women and men, in some ways, are the first generation that has watched a whole generation of working men and women ahead of them, because I didnt see working women. Im of the generation where I was still first. These young men and women, whether its their own parents or others, have seen it, and they dont like what they see or they are scared of what they see or, at the very least, they think, “What people tell me and the reality Im seeing just [arent] meshing.”There is a hunger to open this topic back up. Whereas many women of my generation told me after this article came out, “Well, thats fine, but it wasnt exactly news.” It was like, “We knew this. Weve been living this. Weve written these things before. You could have written this 20 years ago, and it wouldnt have been any different.” Every generation has to find it for themselves.

via Anne-Marie Slaughter: Forget Having It All — Own What You Want – Knowledge@Wharton.

 

David Blankenhorn’s New Coalition for Marriage

In politics on February 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

This is a fascinating take on the same-sex marriage debate.  Blankenhorn’s Institute for American Values, as correctly stated below, has never invoked religious arguments in its defense of the civilizational importance of the institution of marriage.  By taking this shift he is politically reframing his argument–still in support of marriage, but with a nod to the current social climate and with the changes occurring in states:

“While the nation’s attention is riveted by a debate about whether a small proportion of our fellow citizens (gays and lesbians) should be allowed to marry,” the statement reads, “marriage is rapidly dividing along class lines, splitting the country that it used to unite.”

Nine states as well as the District of Columbia permit same-sex marriage.

Though he has long been a foe of same-sex marriage, Mr. Blankenhorn, who was raised in Mississippi and attended Harvard, never invoked a religious justification and did not oppose civil unions for gay men and lesbians. Instead, he argued that heterosexual marriage was society’s most important institution, central to child rearing.

via In Shift, David Blankenhorn Forges a Pro-Marriage Coalition for All – NYTimes.com.

Will his approach work?  One challenge in taking such a centrist (pragmatic?) tack is you will antagonize one side (or both).  And while Blankenhorn may be pegged as opportunistic, his change in thinking has been publicly documented.