Jennifer Senior’s “Why Mom’s Time is Different from Dad’s Time”—an essay that recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal—sparked a flurry of debate that swung between compassionate and incensed. The piece, excerpted from Senior’s book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood (Ecco, 2014), explores the differences between the way women and men spend their time and the gender imbalance that exists in many marriages. Some readers declared the essay a “rant” and accused Senior of bashing men, feeling sorry for herself, and falling short as a mother. Some praised her candor. Others agreed with her argument wholeheartedly. As for me? It seemed like the author had crawled into my mind and articulated the concerns I’ve kept quiet about for years. What especially resonated with me is Senior’s notion that women often feel fragmented—and are therefore less productive than their partners—because they’re keenly attentive to their own emotions and the moods of the people around them. Usually the mother, Senior writes, is “more alive to the emotional undercurrents of the household. As a result, this more intuitive parent feels that the other parent—usually the father—is not doing his fair share, while the father feels that his wife is excessively emotional and wretchedly inefficient.” When I came to this part of the essay, I thought yes. Exactly.