#childsafety | The Female Gen X Midlife Crisis During a Global Pandemic

How have the women of Generation X (or Gen X for short) been sleeping during the first year of the pandemic? Not very well, says Ada Calhoun, the author of Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis.

Not that Gen X women (those born between 1965 and 1980) ever really snoozed blissfully, at least not in midlife.

Calhoun lays out her argument in her book (and in an interview with Everyday Health published in February 2020): Middle-class women who are now in their forties and fifties are depressed, overwhelmed, and feel like losers. The problem is that many women in this generation were brought up thinking they could have it all — love, sex, success, power, money, or however they defined “it all.” And then they discovered that they’d been misled.

“Women used to judge themselves on how nice their house was or how they looked or how good they were doing at their office job. Now everyone judges themselves on 20 different things. How you look, how your career is, your kids. Is your marriage sexy enough?” Calhoun said. “If you’re judging yourself on so many things you’ll always be screwing something up and coming up short in one area.”

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