Have you read this article on the Wall Street Journal? It's entitled: Mother Madness. Spend every moment with your child? Make your own baby food and use cloth diapers? Erica Jong wonders how motherhood became such a prison for modern women.
Yeah, I made it half-way through the title and was already seeing pink. I made it a quarter of the way down before I was seeing red!!!
I haven't seen much in the blogging world on it yet. What do you all think?
Here was my initial gut-instinct reaction to the article that I posted on a forum today. "Um...This woman is a quack. Amidst all of the proper grammar and sesquipedalian practice - she is likening all women who use attachment parenting to people who are unrealistic, "too green", unable to have a personality because they are too wrapped up in their children. Who said that ALL women who subscribe to attachment parenting are ALSO "helicopter parents"?????? She also thinks that a husband and wife fundamentally CANNOT raise their children on their own. Sorry but I am not interested in "the village" raising my child. I'll take care of it on my own. The village better butt out. Some people HAVE to work and leave their children. Other put everything they desire to own on their credit cards and drop their kids off at daycare citing that they can't afford to stay at home. Many CAN provide their children with healthy foods and love and attention without creating a monster. Sounds to me like she has to keep the rest of us down so that she doesn't have to feel guilty for her life choices anymore."
I wasn't sure if I was the only one up in arms over this article. Then I found this response from Rachel Emma Silverman in the WSJ titled: Erica Jong: Is attachment parenting a 'prison'? While reading a lot of the comments on both articles, it seems a lot of people are opposed to Erica Jong's opinion. That made me feel a lot better about the condition of the US.
I am 100% diametrically opposed to what Erica Jong posits. However, in all my anger against this whack job, I am reminded of this hilarious video from Mompetition (Warning! They drop the S-bomb at the end so please skip if you are not into cursing!)
Why I can't make mom friends