Riding a Wave: “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection”

The New York Times, Tuesday, Septembe 24, 2013

BOOKS OF THE TIMES

Striving to Have It All And Then Recalculating, by Patricia Cohen

“Wonder Women: Sex Power, and the Quest for Perfection,” by Debora L. Spar, is the latest offering from a high-profile woman with advice for her educated middle-and upper-class sisters on the possibility of having it all.  Publishing a book on a current debate is like riding a wave. Catch it too early, and the wave will sweep out in front leaving you behind.  Catch it too late, and miss the force needed to carry you to shore…

Feminism ‘lit the spark of my generation’s dreams,’ she writes, but it also ‘ironically and unintentionally raised the bar on women so high that mere mortals are condemned to fall below it’…

Ms. Spar embraces the differences between the sexes, whether attributed to nurture or nature.  Women are more risk-adverse, more collegial, more desirous of relationships, she says.  And the clincher: they bear children.  Accept these realities, she urges, and move on from there…”

Terrific use of an idiom, comparing publishing with riding a wave; have to catch a wave at the right time.  Perhaps Ms. Cohen, the author of the article is a surfer.  And the bar is high for women; it’s tough to do it all.

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