When we last left our intrepid magazine women,
For them, a university education is a given, not a privilege. They can travel the world! They can delay motherhood! They can build a social network through the voodoo power of their phones! How can this be so hard?”
Yes, indeed. Or is it? These are all luxury goods. Even the University Education. How could this be? Invariably these women get fluffy degrees. In the past, this might not have been so much of a problem, as universities forces all students to engage in critical thinking. These days, not so much. Without that, these “studies” degrees (and the like) have negative net worth.
As for the other aspects mentioned, social networks, smart phones and world travel; how precisely are they adding value to one as a person?
Certainly this age group enjoys the spoils of modern life their parents and grandparents could only dream of. Free entertainment in their back pockets is a given; air travel that costs less than a meal out is how they see the world; cheap clothing means they can dress like a celebrity every day of the week, while cheaper food means few young people today will ever know the taste of corned beef hash.
I kind of like corned beef hash every now and then. However, it does not have the cache of other delicacies.
Entertainment, travel and fancy clothes are held out as the ideals. And the modern women do achieve them. What is wrong with this picture? Perhaps there is a lack of fulfillment here. I will leave it at that.
These are things we had to work for. When I was younger I paid for my films and music, I shopped in charity shops; I saw the devastating effect of the 1990s recession on those around me: houses lost, savings obliterated. We were a pretty depressed bunch. I left university with a 2:1 but worked a dead end job for over a year.
Apparently the author had to really work for her luxury goods back in the day, and she did not have as many of them. And horror of horrors, she had to work a dead-end job for a year. Many men (and women) do that their entire life. My Mom did that before she got married. Most people would would say that was the only type of job my Dad had.
So these magazine women have their fancy degrees. What good do they do with them?
But doesn’t every generation think they had it worse than the one before? My mother certainly thinks she had it worse than me. She’s a classic Baby Boomer: career, four kids, a nice house…and the sinking feeling that the balls were all going to drop at any moment.
No, every generation does not think that they had it worse than the generation before. That is mostly a modern problem. My parents were very happy that the world was much better than their early childhoods in the Great Depression. And my Grandparents were very grateful for the improvement in their lives over their parents.
I’m sure if my grandmother was alive today she would shake her head and explain that neither of us would ever know how it feels to have lost loved ones in a world war, or known with certainty that your life would never stray beyond the perimeters of motherhood and the small patch of your home town.
Really? My Mother and Grandmothers were Proverbs 31 women who were industrious. They did lots of things, inside and outside the house. They traveled almost as much as their husbands. I think that were were many other women of those eras that were similar.