Friday, March 16, 2007

Trend stories...

...are always interesting, but here's an article that serves as a good reminder of why we may want to keep a healthy dose of skepticism handy when we give them a read. For me, it's evidence of what happens when an idea cooked up by an editor replaces good reporting.

The Opt-Out Myth
By E.J. Graff
On October 26, 2003, The New York Times Magazine jump-started a century-long debate about women who work. On the cover it featured “The Opt Out Revolution,” Lisa Belkin’s semipersonal essay, with this banner: "Why don’t more women get to the top? They choose not to."

The piece goes on to point out that only 4 percent of women in their mid- to late thirties with children have advanced degrees and are in a privileged income bracket like that of Belkin’s fellow Princeton grads and asserts that "such 'my-friends-and-me' coverage is an irresponsible approach to major issues being wrestled with by every American family and employer. It's a thought-provoking read.

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