'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way' : NPR

February 23, 2015 10:53 PM

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'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way' : NPR

Writer Elisa Albert believes that the so-called "Mommy Wars" have gone on long enough — they are both a distraction and a cop-out, she says. "It's a way of avoiding the actual issues, which is: Women don't have enough support for any of the choices that we make," Albert tells NPR's Kelly McEvers. "We are pitted against each other and ultimately, then, are pitted against ourselves. And everybody is unhappy, and everybody feels judged. It doesn't have to be this way."

Albert touches on these issues in her new novel After Birth. Ari, the main character, is a former Brooklynite, now living in upstate New York with her one-year-old son and her husband, a professor at the local college. She's supposed to be working on a PhD in women's studies, but her postpartum depr...

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