10/28/2011 04:31 pm ET Updated Dec 28, 2011

Work-Life Balance For Men?

"What About the Men?" was the title of a Congressional briefing last week timed to commemorate National Work and Family Month. "What about them?" you may be tempted to snarl.

When Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute, first went out on the road to talk about her organization's research into men's work-family conflict, she received many such snappish responses -- and worse. Work-life experts laughed at her. Men are privileged, they said. They don't have the right to complain. In New Orleans, when she spoke about generational differences and gender role change, she was swarmed by "angry men," she said in the Capitol last week. "They were defensive. They were saying, 'We played by the rules and now you're telling us it’s not good enough.'"

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