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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 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. 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.)
* The page image comes from ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'', in which [[http://babyblues.com/comics/november-24-2001/ career woman Rhonda feels shafted by her mother]] because she has yet to settle down and have a family, compared to her sister Wanda, who as of this time has three children.
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* This is how Creator/TeamFourStar interprets Towa's continued villain status in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse2'', despite that they concluded that she got together with Dumplin at the end of the previous game: while she does love Dumplin and their daughter Puddin, she is still committed to her plan to revive the Dark Demon Realm, regardless of the fact that she'll have to fight Dumplin and Pudding over it.






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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 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. 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.)
* The page image comes from ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'', in which [[http://babyblues.com/comics/november-24-2001/ career woman Rhonda feels shafted by her mother]] because she has yet to settle down and have a family, compared to her sister Wanda, who as of this time has three children.
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* This is how Creator/TeamFourStar interprets Towa's continued villain status in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse2'', despite that they concluded that she got together with Dumplin at the end of the previous game: while she does love Dumplin and their daughter Puddin, she is still committed to her plan to revive the Dark Demon Realm, regardless of the fact that she'll have to fight Dumplin and Pudding over it.
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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." (romantic music plays)

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--> '''Handsome -->'''Handsome Male-Lead:''' "Shh 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 ''[romantic music plays)plays]''



* Sadly averted in ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}''. Malory prioritizes her career over her son, leaving Woodhouse to raise young Sterling. On the rare occasions when she did spend time with him, she usually tormented him in order to teach him a lesson.

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* Sadly averted in ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. Malory prioritizes her career over her son, leaving Woodhouse to raise young Sterling. On the rare occasions when she did spend time with him, she usually tormented him in order to teach him a lesson.



* In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, VP candidate UsefulNotes/SarahPalin was often accused of neglecting her family, even though UsefulNotes/BarackObama's daughters were also young at the time.
** This typically happens with most female politicians who have young kids; people usually use "concern for their children" as an excuse to dismiss a female candidate. Because, you know, [[SarcasmMode fathers don't need to play any role in parenthood other than being the breadwinner]].

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* This typically happens with most female politicians who have young kids; people usually use "concern for their children" as an excuse to dismiss a female candidate. Because, you know, [[SarcasmMode fathers don't need to play any role in parenthood other than being the breadwinner]].
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In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, VP candidate UsefulNotes/SarahPalin was often accused of neglecting her family, even though UsefulNotes/BarackObama's daughters were also young at the time.
** This typically happens with most female politicians who have young kids; people usually use "concern for their children" as an excuse to dismiss a female candidate. Because, you know, [[SarcasmMode fathers don't need to play any role in parenthood other than being the breadwinner]].
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* Jan Kuehnemund, the founding member and lead guitarist for the all-female glam metal band ''Vixen'', speaking from bitter experience said this trope (along with CareerVersusMan) is the reason why she was reluctant to join a all female band. Because eventually those tropes would often come into play causing the break up of the band.

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* Jan Kuehnemund, the founding member and lead guitarist for the all-female glam metal band ''Vixen'', speaking from bitter experience said this trope (along with CareerVersusMan) is the reason why she was reluctant to join a all female all-female band. Because eventually those tropes would often come into play causing the break up of the band.





* The page image comes from ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'', in which career woman Rhonda feels shafted by her mother because she has yet to settle down and have a family, compared to her sister Wanda, who as of this time has three children.

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* The page image comes from ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'', in which [[http://babyblues.com/comics/november-24-2001/ career woman Rhonda feels shafted by her mother mother]] because she has yet to settle down and have a family, compared to her sister Wanda, who as of this time has three children.


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** An interesting case with Owen Hunt. He starts dating a woman. But when she reveals that she will gladly become a stay-at-home mom after marriage, he breaks off the relationship, claiming he wants a working woman for a partner. Eventually, he adopts a baby boy, before discovering that he will also be having a girl after a one-night-stand with an ex.


** RareMaleExample in the tenth season, once again involving Bailey. Her SecondLove Ben Warren had a surgery residency in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, but quit because the show takes place in Seattle and he wasn't getting any screen time--err, was far away from his family. Bailey (understandably) worries that her new marriage is going to end the same way the old one did. Ultimately, the situation is resolved by Ben enrolling in the residency program at [[IHaveManyNames Seattle Grace Grey Sloan Mercy Death]].

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** RareMaleExample in the tenth season, once again involving Bailey. Her SecondLove Ben Warren had a surgery residency in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, but quit because the show takes place in Seattle and he wasn't getting any screen time--err, was far away from his family. Bailey (understandably) worries that her new marriage is going to end the same way the old one did. Ultimately, the situation is resolved by Ben enrolling in the residency program at [[IHaveManyNames Seattle Grace Grey Sloan Mercy Death]]. Ben eventually decides to become a firefighter (see spin-off show ''Series/StationNineteen''). Bailey is at first upset but eventually learns to accept his new dangerous career.

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* In ''Film/MissSloane'', the titular character has long ago made the choice to focus on her career 100%. She doesn't even date, preferring to regularly meet a male escort in a hotel room for sexual satisfaction and for a brief fantasy of a relationship.


* In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, VP candidate UsefulNotes/SarahPalin was often accused of neglecting her family, even though UsefulNotes/BarackObama has two young daughters himself.

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->''"You are asking me to choose between making a house payment and taking care of my sick child and I do not appreciate it!"''
-->-- '''Karen Pruitt''', ''Film/HomeAlone3''


* In ''MortalKombatX'' Sonya Blade chose her career over her husband and daughter and it lead to a very strained relationship.

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* In ''MortalKombatX'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', Sonya Blade chose her career over spending time with her husband and daughter and it lead daughter, causing their relationship to become quite strained.
* Lee's past before the ZombieApocalypse struck in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' had
a very strained relationship.
relationship with his wife. [[spoiler: She wanted to advance her career and move to another area while Lee wanted to settle down and start a family. The two have a big fight over it. One day, Lee comes home early from work and catches his wife [[YourCheatingHeart sleeping with a state senator.]] Lee kills him in a fit of rage, causing him to get arrested and sentenced to life in jail for murder. Lee was on his way to to jail by the time the game starts.]]

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* This is how Creator/TeamFourStar interprets Towa's continued villain status in ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse2'', despite that they concluded that she got together with Dumplin at the end of the previous game: while she does love Dumplin and their daughter Puddin, she is still committed to her plan to revive the Dark Demon Realm, regardless of the fact that she'll have to fight Dumplin and Pudding over it.
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* ''Film/SpankingTheMonkey'': When Ray tells his mother that she could go back to medical school, Susan admits to Ray that his father Tom didn't want any children, and gave her a choice of either becoming a mother or continuing her career; she chose the former. It's easy to see why she's such an unhappy person, but this makes her actions all the more selfish when she later seduces her own son.

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* In Mayan Mythology, there's the fertility and healer goddess Ix Chel, who is [[TheHecateSisters seen in three forms]]. She starts off as a young woman who practices healing arts, then she has a slightly older form who has taken time off from her career as a healer to focus on her marriage, having children, tending to her family, etc. (In this form, she holds a rabbit, symbolizing fertility.) Then she appears as an old woman who has returned to her career now that her children have grown up and she herself is no longer capable of reproducing.
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* The atrocious 1982 song "I've Never Been to Me" is sung by a jet-setting woman with a pretty interesting life (traveling all over the world, meeting and romancing heads of state) telling a {{Housewife}} (whom she doesn't even know and just cornered on the street!) how she covets the dull domestic life. "Paradise is the baby in your arms and the man you argued with this morning."

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* The atrocious 1982 song "I've Never Been to Me" is sung by about a jet-setting woman with a pretty interesting life (traveling all over the world, meeting and romancing heads of state) telling a {{Housewife}} (whom another woman how despite having travelled the world and lived the sweet life, she doesn't even know also laments the fact that she gave up the idea of getting married and just cornered on the street!) how she covets the dull domestic life. "Paradise is the baby in your arms and the man you argued with this morning."
having children of her own.


* The atrocious 1982 song "I've Never Been to Me" is sung by a jet-setting woman with a pretty interesting life (traveling all over the world, meeting and romancing heads of state) telling a {{Housewife}} how she covets the dull domestic life. "Paradise is the baby in your arms and the man you argued with this morning."

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* The atrocious 1982 song "I've Never Been to Me" is sung by a jet-setting woman with a pretty interesting life (traveling all over the world, meeting and romancing heads of state) telling a {{Housewife}} (whom she doesn't even know and just cornered on the street!) how she covets the dull domestic life. "Paradise is the baby in your arms and the man you argued with this morning."

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