Who Are You Calling a Bad Mommy?


Oh, stop judging me. (Photo by Frieke Janssens)

As usual, everything is happening elsewhere. That’s the modern world, people. 

Well, here’s what I wanted to say about the Slacker Mommy phenomenon:

Here it comes, the backlash to the “Bad Mommy” backlash to the “Perfect Mother” backlash to the “Don’t Be a Mother” backlash to the “You Have to Be a Mother” backlash to the… where was I? Oh right, the Salon article burning up my Facebook feed these days, titled “The tyranny of the bad mother: Slacker moms are just as intimidating as perfect ones.” Elissa Strauss writes about the persona of the “Bad Mother,” which has colonized the world of mommy blogs: “Born in the sanctimommy’s shadows, the bad mother is everything the perfect breast-feeding, plastic-avoiding mom is not… But then the bad mothers started getting a little judgey themselves.” Could it be that the real problem is that we have become addicted to labeling ourselves as mothers? And how has this happened?…

Read the rest on Redbook


3 responses to “Who Are You Calling a Bad Mommy?

  1. When I read the Slacker Mom article there was a link next to it with a picture of a mother and daughter and the headline: “Pageant Mom Investigated for Giving Daughter Botox”. Ah, sweet algorithm…

  2. Now that doesn’t sound like a slacker mom to me. That sounds like a pretty dedicated mom.

    The question is… dedicated to what?

  3. Pingback: The Tyranny of the Organic Mommy Mafia | pundit from another planet

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