“The Myth of Co-parenting: How it was Support to be. How it was” Hope Edelman “My Problem with Her Anger” Eric Bartels The first essay “The myth of Co-parenting: How it was Support to be. How it was” by Hope Edelman, was written for the anthology “The Bitch in the House (2002). The author writes about her discontent in her and her husband’s way of parenting. The title of the article makes one assume a topic on struggles of stay-at home moms; the fact that men never help women raise children.
The second is an article written by Eric Bartels extract from the essay “The Bastard on the Couch: 27 Men Try Really Hard to Explain Their Feelings About Love, Loss, Fatherhood, and Freedom,” an anthology edited by Daniel Jones. The author expresses his feelings about his marriage and his wife and about the conflicts and efforts in it. The first part will describe the vision of the woman and her marriage; the second part will be on the Eric Bartel’s essay and the man’s vision of marriage. To finish, I will compare and contrast the two texts and explain: where do my sympathies lie?
Hope Edelman looks at the realities of marriage and imbalanced parenting roles in her article “The Myth of Co-Parenting. ” Edelman uses her own marriage to reveal the unexpected difficulties that married couples experience when trying to share responsibilities of working and raising a family. The author explains the challenges of striking a balance between a married couple in the home and at work. She shares how she always imagined that she and her husband would work during the day and share household chores.
Her husband’s long work days required her to work less and less, especially after the birth of her daughter. At one point the husband is the only source of income, while the wife is the only person doing household chores and tasks. The author grows increasingly frustrated, eventually saying, “Fuck it,”(P. 325-22) and demanding change. She compares her young daughter to herself as child who had few interactions with her father. Further, it appears as if she has come to accept the role of mother; she writes, “…