The New York Times columnist Ross Douthat once tweeted that New York Magazine is secretly a socially conservative rag. This week’s cover story—a bomb thrown into the work/family debate ignited by Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In—is about “feminist housewives,” who say they’re “having it all by choosing to stay home.” (Can we please, please murder the phrase “having it all”? If I live the rest of my life without seeing it in print again I will die a happy blogger). Certainly one can be a feminist and a housewife at the same time. The two are in no way incompatible.
But, the foundations of this fake-trend piece (from the normally insightful Lisa Miller) seem a little tenuous. Here’s data she cites as the groundwork for the notion that more feminists are staying home: