Spreadin’ Love 581

Lewis Hine: The child labour photos that shamed America. Great video from the BBC

I, too, have been known to be over generous with the "comma shaker." 

Sheryl Sandberg leaves the office every day at 5:30, so she can be home in time for family dinner at 6:00. So, does Steve, but it takes him a lot longer to get home. Blasted NYC commute times! One snarky thought – I wonder who cooks the meals. 

Twitter is joking it about Cory Booker this morning, but he is really pretty awesome. 

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9 thoughts on “Spreadin’ Love 581

  1. So, telling us about the work-life balance of someone who has already one the tournament isn’t really meaningful. It’s kind of like the statement that the President actually has pretty good work-life balance. Yup, if you get to set your schedule because you’re the top dog, you can chose to go home at 5:30 every day.
    Also, I don’t believe her. Does she travel? then does she get home at 5:30?
    I think the principle in the article, that people should be open about the ways that the balance the different parts of their lives is a good one, but until I see time studies of how everything got done, and at each point in their lives, I’m suspicious of articles like this, that argue “Sandberg goes home at 5:30, why can’t you?”

  2. Cory B for governor? I don’t think he has any blemishes on his record/personal life that the media know about. Is being tight with Rachel Maddow a liability in terms of alienating too many independents and fair weather Republicans? NJ voters are so unpredictable… Needs state gov experience first, as well.

  3. We are all blind to varying degrees to our own privilege, to the legs up that we enjoy. Even if she does get home regularly at 5:30, she has a team of assistants at work and at home to make that possible. Dobby the house elf is cleaning, shopping for groceries, picking up the kids from school and taking them to playdates.
    I agree, an honest discussion of privilege would be valuable – ignoring your privilege and assuming you did it on your own steam is not.

  4. Yes, though I’d prefer not to use the privilege word, and instead just talk about all the facets of our lives that make one thing possible for us, while it might not necessarily be for someone else.
    Y81 tossed in merit (and its identification) as an example of privilege. Is it privilege to be tall when you play basketball (or fast)? What I want to know for women like Sandberg is exactly how they do it. What does her day look like from start to finish? Who else is involved in her family’s lives? What happens when a meeting gets scheduled? How much does each thing cost (from the driver, to the house nearby that shortens the commute, to the cook and other household help, . . . .)?
    Gwyneth Paltrow actually did that one day (and received a lot of opprobrium). But, if we know how they do it (in Gwyneth’s case, that could include personal trainers and make up artists and 3 hours a day working out), then we know what the requirements are.

  5. I agree, that I’d love to know how she does it without the typical senior person’s approach of having a stay at home spouse.
    But I’d still give her kudos for talking about it. Most of the people at that level in my experience (male and female) still use long hours as a badge of honour. Which in turn makes the people below them work those long hours (or at least try to pretend they are) because they see it as the way to get ahead.

  6. “Y81 tossed in merit (and its identification) as an example of privilege. Is it privilege to be tall when you play basketball (or fast)?”
    I wouldn’t use the term privilege, but there are all sorts of natural advantages that people possess in varying degrees:
    1) memory
    2) ability to multi-task
    3) ability to uni-task deeply and at length (note that high degrees of 2 and 3 will not coexist within the same individual)
    4) energy
    There are probably some more that I’m missing, but that will do.
    I think I have 1) and 3) (at least when I’m operating at 100% capacity), but I feel the lack of 4). I see how much high-energy people get done and they just amaze me. Of course, a lot of those people are just this side of bipolar (or even over the line) or maybe even OCD (you know those fidgety people that can’t sit down or relax until some work is done?). I wouldn’t want to pay the psychic price involved to be that sort of person, but manic energy can be very attractive, even (or especially) for a sleepy, slow person like myself.

  7. Coincidentally, on Tuesday, one of my students brought me a water bottle with Cory Booker’s face on it because he knows I like CB. So I posted the news on CB to our class’s FB page this morning with the comment “Is there anything Cory Booker can’t do?”

  8. I live 5k from work and I find it a challenge to leave at 5:30 and be home for dinner at 6.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love that senior people are putting out the message in some work environments that it’s okay to put a priority on your family/health/home life but I think that attitude is pretty rare. Too many people confuse long hours with devotion to the work. Too people can afford to live somewhere that their commute isn’t a killer.

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