Mommy Wars, “Me-ternity” Leave, and American Desperation

Did you read that whole “me-ternity” thing recently? Apparently child-free people are under the impression that mums spend maternity leave meditating, writing novels etc. I could think of a lot of responses to that, but this is probably the best one!

Bubbles and Beebots

Lately, I’ve been thinking the term “Mommy Wars” is a bit of a misnomer.

Sure, there’s a lot of in-group bickering going on about stuff like using formula vs. breastfeeding, staying at home vs. going back to work, and whether we should be allowed to skip vaccinations.

But the term “mommy wars” makes it seem like we wouldn’t have parenting debates in America at all, if it weren’t for these endless, tedious catfights… as though parenting is somehow only a woman’s problem and we women just refuse to sort it out.

And I don’t get it.

Yes, biology means women have to deal with pregnancy and childbirth, but there is so much more to parenthood than that.

Weren’t all of us children once? Don’t children also have fathers? Even if we don’t all choose to be parents, doesn’t someone need to do it for our society, not to mention the human race, to exist?

I don’t believe the parenting problems in our…

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2 thoughts on “Mommy Wars, “Me-ternity” Leave, and American Desperation

  1. As someone who read Shakespeare as early as Gr. 9, saw Hamlet and Macbeth as young as 14, I can only applaud you for being an attentive and thoughtful parent…I took my children to see everything Glibert & Sullivan ever wrote…while a completely different venue, comedy vs. dark tragedy, it showed them another part of our world…the acting world…whether it was just a ‘grown up’ night out, or whether they really liked it isn’t the point…how can you be a bad parent by trying to bring alive a play being studied at school for your girl? If she didn’t totally get it, she will when she’s older…dear lady, you gave her the experience of a lifetime! Katie.

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