it’s worth noting

Tracie Egan Morrissey has a pointed reaction to a New York Magazine fluff piece called “The Retro Wife.”

Both articles are worth reading, especially if you have the time and the inclination to furrow your brow, roll your eyes, and, as Tracie Egan Morrissey elegantly notes, “feel flames on the side of your face.”

I also like to think Tracie Egan Morrissey would count me among those feminist housewives she imagines reading her article. (Hey, Tracie.)

And I know that Lisa Miller would never have wanted to interview me for the story she wrote, because I do not think women are better suited to raising children than men. (Nor would I, under any circumstances, have laundry on my floor or dishes in my sink were Lisa Miller to come to my home.)

Look. I’m a wife. I’m working. For now, without pay, raising the kids, managing the home, volunteering at the school… I do what I gotta do, like any spouse is supposed to. Like any spouse wants to. 

I’m highly educated. I’m not religious (in that it doesn’t dictate my life choices or gender expectations). I have ambition (now that I’ve gotten over a little bout of insecurity right after I had our children), but I’m patient.

I’m a good wife. There are a lot of us out there, feminist or not.

Not much to write about, but it’s at least worth noting.


one reason I’ll not likely run for public office

Anytime soon, anyway. I doubt I would have been able to handle certain questions as well as Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan:

Some Idiot Asks Illinois Attn. Gen. Lisa Madigan Three Times If She Can Be a Mom and Be Governor at the Same Time.

Jezebel’s Doug Barry has colorfully encapsulated my feelings on the idiocy of the reporter in question. And if I were a resident of Illinois, I’d be happy to have Madigan as my governor:

Reminded that being governor is a lot more demanding than attorney general, she said, “All of these jobs are very demanding. And people who, unfortunately, have to work three jobs and don’t necessarily have health-care coverage — they’re even in a worse situation. So nobody needs to give any pity on what elected officials have to endure.”