Thursday, April 13, 2006

Women Desperately Want To Love Their ‘Inner Housewife’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The women of Desperate Housewives are actually desperate to love themselves, but the media elite won’t let them.

So says Caitlin Flanagan, author of To Hell With All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife (Little, Brown).

She says the women of today all possess an innate longing for the supposedly outmoded models of motherhood associated with the 1950s.

The problem is something of a June Cleaver Syndrome, which, according to Flanagan is, “the notion that a woman could love her husband and want to make a good home for her children AND love that sort of life is blisteringly incendiary” in today’s culture.

Flanagan says the blame for “loathing” women’s “inner housewife” lies not only with the sweeping economic changes of the past 30 years, but also with women who work in and control the messages from the media elite, or as Flanagan describes them, the “professional class.”

But, according to Flanagan, if women didn’t feel “deeply drawn to the domestic life, they would have kissed it goodbye and never looked back.”

She adds: “The reason working moms and housewives are so ‘desperate’ is that it’s just not the case.”

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