23 Oct Is happiness equality…between the sexes?
Barbara Ehrenreich is now the latest to weigh in on the Female Happiness Conundrum _ã” the whole cultural brouhaha caused by the news from Wharton School professors Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers earlier this year that despite all the objective improvements to their lives over the past four decades, women today appear to be less happy than they were in 1972.
It_ã_s been a hot-button issue, this most recent iteration of Freud_ã_s too-often-repeated question about what women want. The whole declining happiness thing has been spun into an indictment of feminism (the _ã–triumphant: I told you so_ã as Ehrenreich puts it), sparking an angry response that those who claim women are unhappy post-feminism are nothing more than agents of an anti-woman backlash.
That accusation is often correct. But not necessarily in Stevenson and Wolfers_ã_s case.
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