Ok so it's not an objective review, rather it's a blogger named Jason Barnes. I think he's right-on though:
But technology isn't the only thing leading to isolation. I think feminism has helped too. Now before I get bombarded with nasty e-mails and comments, let me explain. I'm not some trogolydyte who believes a woman's place is barefoot and in the kitchen, and only barefoot and in the kitchen. A woman's place is wherever she chooses it to be - so long as she is in that place because she lives up to the same standards that men in the same position do (for example: firefighters, the military, police officers, construction workers, etc.). Heck, I was a latch-key kid myself. And I think I turned out alright.
I do, however, have a problem with radical feminists, the ones who suggest that stay-at-home mom is an unworthy title. Take Linda Hirshman's recent condescension: "the tasks of housekeeping and child rearing (are) not worthy of the full time and talents of intelligent and educated human beings." So much for, "I believe the children are the future."
Hirshman's ideas, thankfully, has not been adopted by society at-large. But they have seeped the groundwater. Though the average American work week is slightly shorter today than it was in 1960, women are working more than ever. This article from the Department of Labor in 2000 reveals women are working more and men less. In fact, since 1967, the percentage of working women has increased by nearly 50 percent, while the percentage of working men has decreased by approximately 6 percent. Women, the study says, continue to leave work periodically to bear or raise children. But they are now likely to return to the workforce before their children reach elementary school. Not surprisingly, this is particularly true of single mothers.
Ideas have consequences. Hirshman's idea that full-time motherhood is degrading leads to less family time, as a two-working parent family has to spend more time taking care of life's endless chores at the end of the day. If one parent is working and one staying home - and frankly, it doesn't matter so much whether it's the husband or wife staying at home - both parents have more quality time to spend with their children; playing games, instilling values, preparing them for the real world, you know, being parents. Of course, my theory could be tested as well. We'd need to compare the relative isolation of children who were raised in two-working parent households to those raised by a stay-at-home mom or stay-at-home dad. Maybe such a survey already exists, if a reader knows of it, please let me know.
Another potential cause of isolation that was avoided by the WaPo is the disintegration of marriage as a one-time commitment, which is both a result of and a cause of no-fault divorce. For a full discussion, see www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft9708/gallagher.html
. I don't need a study to back the assertion that married people are less likely to feel isolated than single folks. In most cases, the married person has at least one other they can confide in. It would be interesting to see what percentage of lonely souls are single. I'm betting it's high.http://jason-barnes.redstate.com/story/2006/6/23/103515/279