There’s something odd about referring to taking care of one’s children as “opting out”. It strikes me that much of the “mommy war” battles might be eliminated if we consider for a moment what work really is, a source of income. It is not much more than that. Work is not a relationship or way of life; it is merely work. Many of us (men and women both) have been sold a bill of goods about the life affirming qualities of work. Many women leave the work world and then professionalize motherhood (which rarely bodes well for the child.)
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the more the worker spends himself, the more powerful becomes the alien world of objects which he creates over and against himself, the poorer he himself – his inner world – becomes, the less belongs to him as his own. It is the same in religion. The more man puts into God, the less he retains in himself.
Marx, Estranged Labour