Monday, March 06, 2006

Riddle Me This

Q: How many radical feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: That's not funny.

Anti-choice activists on ABC News: Mommy Wars: To Work or Stay at Home?

It's okay to choose death for your unborn child, but if you choose life you best not choose to stay home with said child. That's BAD.

And, btw, if I was as sensitive as my radical feminist friends, I would be extremely insulted by ABC's headline. Believe it or not, SAHM's do work. You wouldn't believe the calories I burn getting my bon bons out of the fridge and turning on the tube to watch Oprah and Dr. Phil.

A column in response to the ABC piece: A Duel in the Mommy Wars.

Hat tip to Kevin Miller.


Nancy C. Brown said...

Everyone knows that it is better for kids if their moms stay home. But moms who work outside the home generally geel a little guilty and need to justify their work. They usually get plenty of kudos from the general public and tv.

There is a natural tension that sets up between these women.

Writing articles about that tension does nothing to relieve it.

Moms at home say why can't all moms stay home?
Moms at work say, our kids are fine, so why make us feel guilty?

This is also the origin of every "mom chained kid to a cage and claimed she was homeschooling" and "columbine kids moms worked, didn't see kids for weeks at a time" kind of articles.

What IS right? For children to be loved, and to be loved just as much as two parents (one male, one female, both biological or adoptive acceptable as long as no immoral means were used) can possibly love the child. That means forgoeing the myth of "quality" time, and going for the truth of "quantity" time. Lots and lots of quantity time.

I'm tired of articles such as "mommy wars" they don't say anything, they don't help, they don't even tell the truth.

Anonymous said...

I just came across an article, though, that says that mothers who work provide their children with more nutritious meals... so there is always two sides to everything. I'm following this closely as I think we can move past the binary oppositional discourse and get to a place where all mothers can work to create a healthy environment for all...

One of my several articles on this.... Bring Home the Bacon

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