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Question about women's issues in general
December 3, 2003
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HelenaTroy
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Does anyone know someplace to go where various women's issues are discussed: like cultural influences and ambivalence about roles; like, if you came of age in the 70's at the height of the women's movement, yet you were raised in the 50s and 60's and you have one foot in the past and one in the future, how you deal with the inner conflicts in a marriage and in yourself about career and purpose and housework? Like, the transitions in a woman's life especially at mid-life? Is there someplace on here that addresses those kinds of issues? Or other sites that do? Thanks,
Helena

December 3, 2003
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Helena, I don't know where to direct you but wanted you to know you were being heard. 🙂 Good luck in your search!

December 3, 2003
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Helena,

I was moving through my teen years in the 70's. I can relate! Could we spark an interest in this forum, I wonder? It is very hard, the duality of roles, the pressure to succeed at wifing, mothering, and careering! Don't other's feel this pressure as well? Are there others who would say that their experience, like mine, has been further complicated by single parenting?

There are lots of women with brains and experience who visit here. I hope some of you will offer your input.

Arwen

December 3, 2003
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December 3, 2003
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Thank you, sixfootblond, for responding so kindly. I appreciate your taking the time to acknowledge me and it feels good to be heard.

Arwen, I hope others respond to your "call."
I cannot imagine how it is raising kids as a single mom. Do you have sons? Do you have extended family around? You have had to be very independent and resourceful I'm sure, and very strong. I feel like somehow I let down womankind when I left my high-powered job and got married (moved out of state). I then fell into the traditional lifestyle with my husband when the kids came along. I had no intention of doing that and found myself doing it anyway for the sake of the kids and family. Now my sons are 21 and 16 and I am so conflicted about many things. Thank you for responding.

Ladeska, thank you for the sites. I will check them out. Really appreciate it!

Helena

December 3, 2003
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Helena, I personally think it's a beautiful thing you did for your family staying home. The heart wrenching pain of having to leave your child in order to work to survive is a harsh reality for many.

I look at it like you didn't let womankind down, I look at it like you did the hard right thing and gave the world and your children a gift.

I am a single mother, almost 40years old now. I divorced him after abuse began escalating during the pregnancy. After struggling for years in the beginning, finally settling into a career and the lilone has started school, things are coming together for me. I can finally be alone with myself and not be panicked or lonely. I have no regrets. I think it's forced me to look inside and I have grown stronger.

It does seem natural Helena that the dynamics of your lifestyle will change as the years go on. Hopefully your time is becoming more your own as your sons grow older.

Maybe you are feeling a need to spread your wings again now? Would your husband be supportive? Start your own business, or get a part time job.

The future is what you make it 🙂

I wish you the best~

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