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(Huffington Post) — The high-profile success of the movie “The Help” has thrust nannies into the center of the American conversation, while projecting the notion that taking care of other people’s children amounts to a viable early-stage career opportunity, the first step on the pathway to better things.  But this comes as news to real-life nannies encountered this week in the affluent New York City neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn, where women described their work as just that: a basic job in an American economy that does not have enough of them.  In the movie version of nanny-hood, the African American woman at the center of the narrative, Aibileen, appears destined to become a celebrated novelist. In the real-life version of that experience, women tending to the offspring of wealthier families describe their work pragmatically, in tones of resignation.

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