Porque as Mulheres Ainda Não Podem Fazer as Perguntas Certas

NOVA IORQUE – Ainda estamos a recuperar, nos Estados Unidos, da celeuma inteiramente previsível sobre uma peça publicada por Anne-Marie Slaughter, antiga Directora de Planificação de Políticas no Departamento de Estado e professora na Universidade de Princeton, intitulada “Porque as Mulheres Ainda Não Podem Ter Tudo.” A resposta era previsível porque o artigo de Slaughter é publicado nos EUA por um elenco rotativo de mulheres poderosas (muitas vezes brancas) mais ou menos todos os três anos.

O artigo, independentemente de quem o tenha escrito, lamenta invariavelmente o “mito” de um equilíbrio entre a trabalho e a vida pessoal para as mulheres que trabalham fora de casa, apresenta o telhado de vidro e a exaustão trabalho-casa como uma revelação pessoal, e culpa o “feminismo” por manter esse esquivo “ideal de ter tudo.” E consegue sempre evitar os principais elefantes políticos na sala – o que é especialmente irónico neste caso, já que Slaughter está cansada de formular políticas.

Os problemas com esses argumentos são inúmeros. Para começar, o equilíbrio entre o trabalho e a vida pessoal deixou de ser um assunto das mulheres. Por todo o mundo desenvolvido, milhões de homens que trabalham e têm filhos pequenos também lamentam as horas que passam longe deles, e regressam a casa para suportar o fardo das tarefas domésticas partilhadas. Isto era um “assunto das mulheres” talvez há 15 anos, mas agora é uma tensão ambiental da vida moderna para uma geração de mulheres e homens comprometidos com a igualdade de género.

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