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7 babies, 13 grammys May 12, 2007

Posted by jenniferlewk in Dixie Chix, motherhood, opting out.
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One of my favorite themes of the Dixie Chick’s Shut up and Sing was how naturally the singers took to handling motherhood and their careers. Although it was obviously not as easy at it appeared on film, I think that it is important to note that the women did think of motherhood as just as fulfilling, if not more, than their careers as country singers. We saw their pregnancies, their husbands, their practicing with babies in hand…and I know that this post sounds very lovey-dovey, but I just really think it is amazing that these women are showing that you can have it all…that you may work yourself to the ground or need a substantial amount of help to have it all, but that in the end, it is possible. Here’s the link an ABC article about the Dixie Chicks and motherhood.

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1. elizabethwilkes - May 13, 2007

In Shut Up and Sing, I was shocked to learn of the arrangement that Emily Robinson has with her husband and kids. She notes, “I don’t know too many women who get to bring their husband and two children to work”… sadly, I have to disagree with Jen’s comment that “I just really think it is amazing that these women are showing that you can have it all.” Emily’s situation is possible only as the result of a number of incredibly fortunate circumstances that make it possible for her to “have it all.” Her husband, (who she dubs “Mr. Mom,”) happens to be an actor- a career that is incredibly flexible, especially considering that he doesn’t actually need to make money considering that Emily is bringing home the proverbial bacon. I honestly cannot imagine any situation more conductive to “having it all” as a mother. Emily’s situation is certainly admirable, but it bears little relevance to real-world mothers with aspirations of “having it all”, especially those who don’t have the luxury of being completely financially secure.

2. jenniferlewk - May 13, 2007

I wasn’t saying that the film depicted motherhood and careers as an easily obtainable balance–what I was trying to say was that it was a nice change to see women, kids, careers, and husbands on screen and to hear the women vocalize how important it was for all of them to have it all. The decision to be mother,wife, and singer is not an easy one, but it was one that these three women made. Indeed, 2 of the 3 women had infertility treatments in order to have the life that they had envisioned for themselves. I simply thought it was refreshing to see how all of the women placed the same amount of emphasis on their families, friends, and careers. No, it might not be possible for the women of America to follow the same paths as they did; however, why shouldn’t we be able to see a version (although a bit idealistic) of “having it all” on screen and be able to be happy for them instead of critically saying that they can do it whereas most of America can’t?


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