Walsh characterizes Belkin’s perspective as a blinkered, lightweight, elitist analysis that short changes women’s real ambitions by making it OK to “opt out”, and make the non-pursuit of power and fame an empowering choice that is quite deliberately chosen. In reading Belkin’s article, however, I’m not so sure Walsh’s critique is really on point, as she mainly seems to be saying it’s OK not to want to to rule the world. Is this a valid and empowering, practical real world choice that women can make without being anti-feminist, or is this simply the rationalization of a “small cohort of privileged 30-something white women” choosing the easy way out.
Belkin-The Opt-Out Revolution -
Walsh -“Clueless in Manhattan”