03/06/2012 06:24 pm ET

Are Women Enemies Of Their Own Free Time?

Old-timers, counseling the young on investments, used to advise buying land. "They're not making any more of it," went the refrain. Maybe that's one reason we're so perpetually interested in talking about time: how we spend it and how it slips away. Not only aren’t "they" not making any more of it (you get what you get, even if you do get upset), but it can’t be bought at any price.

Kristin van Ogtrop, the editor of Real Simple magazine, told me last week that she and her staff have realized over the years that the one thing that unites their readers - parents or not, working or not - is "a feeling of time crunch." One result is a huge cover article for the April issue: Women & Time. "Got a minute?" it asks. “No, we know you don’t."

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