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13th Nov '16 9:05:54 PM Fireblood
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** Taken a step further in the early speculation for the 2016 Presidential Election, with critics wondering whether UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton will run for president and if she can handle running a country and being a ''grandmother''. No such concern was expressed about UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump, who is a grandfather himself.

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** Taken a step further in the early speculation for the 2016 Presidential Election, with critics wondering whether UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton will run for president and if she can handle running a country and being a ''grandmother''. No such concern was expressed about UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump, Creator/DonaldTrump, who is a grandfather himself.
13th Nov '16 9:05:19 PM Fireblood
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* Aaron Hotchner of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' might be a rare male example. His wife all but demanded he give up his position at the BAU so he could be home more with her and their young son, Jack.

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* Aaron Hotchner of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' might be a rare male example. His wife all but demanded he give up his position at the BAU so he could be home more with her and their young son, Jack. He didn't, and they got divorced over this.



* This happens a lot in shows PoliceProcedural shows, such as ''Series/ColdCase'' ''Criminal Minds'' as mentioned above, with. As the cops are usually MarriedToTheJob, it puts a strain on their relationship with their families, especially their spouses. Sometimes the older characters are mentioned to have gotten married/divorced more than once because of this.

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* This happens a lot in shows PoliceProcedural shows, such as ''Series/ColdCase'' ''Criminal Minds'' and ''Series/CriminalMinds'' as mentioned above, with. As the cops are usually MarriedToTheJob, it puts a strain on their relationship with their families, especially their spouses. Sometimes the older characters are mentioned to have gotten married/divorced more than once because of this.



* One of the (many) reasons fans hated the ending of ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' was because Elizabeth gave up an exciting and meaningful job (namely, teaching) to go running back into the arms of her high school boyfriend Anthony.
** The fanfic ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'' explored this trope further, with Elizabeth wanting to be defined as more than 'Anthony's wife, Francoise and James's mother', but thinking that she ''has'' to enforce this trope, and is surprised when Anthony suggests getting a job if she doesn't want to be just that. (It's only worse in that she's following in her mother's footsteps, Elly had the same feelings about this trope: hating it yet thinking it's ironclad. It was a contributing factor in her losing her mind.)

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* One of the (many) reasons fans hated the ending of ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'' was because Elizabeth gave up an exciting and meaningful job (namely, teaching) to go running back into the arms of her high school boyfriend Anthony.
Anthony to marry and have a baby.
** The fanfic ''FanFic/TheNewRetcons'' explored this trope further, with Elizabeth wanting to be defined as more than 'Anthony's wife, Francoise and James's mother', but thinking that she ''has'' to enforce this trope, and is surprised when Anthony suggests getting a job if she doesn't want to be just that. (It's only worse in that she's following in her mother's footsteps, footsteps. Elly had the same feelings about this trope: hating it yet thinking it's ironclad. It was a contributing factor in her losing her mind.)



--> '''Handsome Male-Lead:''' "Shh shh shh... Over the next 90 minutes, I'd like to show you that all your problems can be solved by my penis" (romantic music plays)
* This was addressed in an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. When Bobby is diagnosed with ADD (when really, he had consumed far too much sugar) Old-fashioned Hank suggests that Peggy quit her job as a substitute teacher and become a stay-at-home mom to give Bobby more attention. Peggy reluctantly agrees and stays home, but quickly grows bored. By the end of the episode, Hank realizes that Peggy isn't happy when she has so little to do and supports her decision to return to teaching.

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--> '''Handsome Male-Lead:''' "Shh shh shh... Over the next 90 minutes, I'd like to show you that all your problems can be solved by my penis" penis." (romantic music plays)
* This was addressed in an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. When Bobby is diagnosed with ADD (when really, he had consumed far too much sugar) Old-fashioned old-fashioned Hank suggests that Peggy quit her job as a substitute teacher and become a stay-at-home mom to give Bobby more attention. Peggy reluctantly agrees and stays home, but quickly grows bored. By the end of the episode, Hank realizes that Peggy isn't happy when she has so little to do and supports her decision to return to teaching.



** Taken a step further in the early speculation for the 2016 Presidential Election, with critics wondering whether UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton will run for president and if she can handle running a country and being a ''grandmother''.
* The United States during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Just because you're working 12 hour shifts in a factory "to free a man to fight" doesn't mean you don't owe it to your family to provide a nutritious home-cooked breakfast and supper, plus pack a balanced lunch, plus keep the house spotless, plus take care of the Victory Garden ....
* On the TruthInTelevision side, there may be more to that sarcastic remark about husbands helping around the house than you might think-studies show that women who choose career and leave the husband at home to do the jobs traditionally assigned to housewives tend to lose respect for said husbands and divorce them. DoubleStandard indeed.
** This could be related to a RealWomenDontWearDresses way of thinking- there are certainly many women out there who want to pursue careers out of personal fulfillment/enjoyment, but some choose to have a career solely because they believe that 'housewife' is an inferior role (rather than getting the true point of feminism- being able to choose your path rather than being automatically expected to be a housewife). If you avoid taking the housewife role because you think it's demeaning and don't respect it, why would you think differently about others who take that role?

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** Taken a step further in the early speculation for the 2016 Presidential Election, with critics wondering whether UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton will run for president and if she can handle running a country and being a ''grandmother''.
''grandmother''. No such concern was expressed about UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump, who is a grandfather himself.
* The United States during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Just because you're working 12 hour shifts in a factory "to free a man to fight" doesn't mean you don't owe it to your family to provide a nutritious home-cooked breakfast and supper, plus pack a balanced lunch, plus keep the house spotless, plus take care of the Victory Garden ....
Garden...
* On the TruthInTelevision side, there may be more to that sarcastic remark about husbands helping around the house than you might think-studies show that women who choose their career and leave the husband at home to do the jobs traditionally assigned to housewives tend to lose respect for said husbands and divorce them. DoubleStandard indeed.
** This could be related to a RealWomenDontWearDresses way of thinking- there thinking-there are certainly many women out there who want to pursue careers out of personal fulfillment/enjoyment, but some choose to have a career solely because they believe that 'housewife' is an inferior role (rather than getting the true point of feminism- being feminism-being able to choose your path rather than being automatically expected to be a housewife). If you avoid taking the housewife role because you think it's demeaning and don't respect it, why would you think differently about others who take that role?
13th Nov '16 8:53:00 PM Fireblood
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** And JJ is an aversion; as of season four, she has a baby and a significant other (as far as I know, they never married--she doesn't wear a ring) who gave up his job (as a detective) to stay at home with their son.

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** And JJ is an aversion; as of season four, she has a baby and a significant other (as far as I know, they never married--she doesn't wear a ring) boyfriend (later husband) who gave up his job (as a detective) to stay at home with their son.
13th Nov '16 8:48:35 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/{{Click}}'': Michael wants a better life for his family and tries hard to get a promotion. But due to abusing the power of the magic remote, he set himself on "auto-pilot" which seemingly make him obsessed with career, estranging him from his family.

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* ''Film/{{Click}}'': Michael wants a better life for his family and tries hard to get a promotion. But due to abusing the power of the magic remote, he set himself on "auto-pilot" which seemingly make made him obsessed with career, estranging him from his family.



* In ''Film/TheSmurfs'', Patrick, engarged of the Smurfs' responsibility for ruining his business pitch, runs off to save his job and abandons his wife Grace when she defends them. He later has second thoughts when Grace texts him a sonogram picture of their upcoming baby.

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* In ''Film/TheSmurfs'', Patrick, engarged of enraged at the Smurfs' responsibility for ruining his business pitch, runs off to save his job and abandons his wife Grace when she defends them. He later has second thoughts when Grace texts him a sonogram picture of their upcoming baby.
1st Oct '16 5:00:23 PM LongTallShorty64
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19th Sep '16 11:13:56 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada'' shows Miranda going through another divorce, because her husband can't handle the amount of time she devotes to her job. Her two daughters are shown spending most of their time with a nanny.
* Deconstructed in ''Film/TheIntern''. Jules is the head of a successful company and is considering hiring a CEO so she can have more time at home with her family. But it's then pointed out that hiring a CEO won't automatically fix any problems she has at home, and Jules herself is vital to the running of her company. [[spoiler: Her husband, who had been having an affair, calls it off and agrees to work harder to fix their situation]].
2nd Sep '16 8:57:57 AM TommyTree
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* Bluestar in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. After she gets pregnant she realizes that having to raise the children will make her look like a less fitting candidate to be the Clan deputy than her rival, Thistleclaw. A bit unusual in that she decides to go for the career path instead of family, by giving away her children and making it look like they died in an accident.
16th Aug '16 3:37:04 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In ''Film/TheSmurfs'', Patrick, engarged of the Smurfs' responsibility for ruining his business pitch, runs off to save his job and abandons his wife Grace when she defends them. He later has second thoughts when Grace texts him a sonogram picture of their upcoming baby.



* This was addressed in an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. When Bobby is diagnosed with ADD (though it's heavily implied that he was just having far too much sugar) Old-fashioned Hank suggests that Peggy quit her job as a substitute teacher and become a stay-at-home mom to give Bobby more attention. Peggy reluctantly agrees and stays home, but quickly grows bored. By the end of the episode, Hank realizes that Peggy isn't happy when she has so little to do and supports her decision to return to teaching.

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* This was addressed in an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. When Bobby is diagnosed with ADD (though it's heavily implied that (when really, he was just having had consumed far too much sugar) Old-fashioned Hank suggests that Peggy quit her job as a substitute teacher and become a stay-at-home mom to give Bobby more attention. Peggy reluctantly agrees and stays home, but quickly grows bored. By the end of the episode, Hank realizes that Peggy isn't happy when she has so little to do and supports her decision to return to teaching.
9th Aug '16 10:17:09 PM Gamermaster
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* This is a major theme in the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series post-''Anime/StrikerS'', as the lead ladies grow out of their Magical ''Girl'' status and become Magical ''Women'', although for the most part this trope is defied, as Nanoha herself and most of her friends manage to combine family life with successful careers. One major example, however, comes up right in the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha first season]] and forms a huge part of Fate Testarossa's backstory: her single mother Precia focused so much on her career that [[spoiler:she wasn't there to save her ''first'' daughter Alicia when she died]], driving Precia borderline insane with grief and eventually leading to her excessively cruel treatment of Fate, [[spoiler:Precia's cloned ReplacementGoldfish of Alicia]].

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* This is a major theme in the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series post-''Anime/StrikerS'', post-''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]'', as the lead ladies grow out of their Magical ''Girl'' status and become Magical ''Women'', although for the most part this trope is defied, as Nanoha herself and most of her friends manage to combine family life with successful careers. One major example, however, comes up right in the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha first season]] and forms a huge part of Fate Testarossa's backstory: her single mother Precia focused so much on her career that [[spoiler:she wasn't there to save her ''first'' daughter Alicia when she died]], driving Precia borderline insane with grief and eventually leading to her excessively cruel treatment of Fate, [[spoiler:Precia's cloned ReplacementGoldfish of Alicia]].



* In issue 30 of the [[TheSilverAgeOfComics Silver Age]] ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' comic, [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Katma Tui]] decides to resign from the Green Lantern Corps to be with fellow Korugarian Imi Kann. Hal Jordan stages a fake monster attack on Korugar to test her loyality as a Green Lantern. Katma ends up attempting to save Hal instead of her fiance, proving that her career was more important than family.

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* In issue 30 of the [[TheSilverAgeOfComics Silver Age]] ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' comic, [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Katma Tui]] decides to resign from the Green Lantern Corps to be with fellow Korugarian Imi Kann. Hal Jordan stages a fake monster attack on Korugar to test her loyality loyalty as a Green Lantern. Katma ends up attempting to save Hal instead of her fiance, proving that her career was more important than family.
5th Aug '16 11:38:07 AM Eagal
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** Taken a step further in the speculation for the 2016 Presidential Election, with critics wondering whether UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton will run for president and if she can handle running a country and being a ''grandmother''.

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** Taken a step further in the early speculation for the 2016 Presidential Election, with critics wondering whether UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton will run for president and if she can handle running a country and being a ''grandmother''.
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