Seriously? Shut the fuck up. Are we really going to criticize a parent for thinking of herself as a parent first?
You know, some parents feel this way! I feel this way! This is a valid way to feel! And just because the patriarchal structure of our society sometimes takes advantage of this feeling and gives parents who are mothers less respect and advantage and capital, doesn’t mean it’s not a valid way to feel!
By all means, let’s be critical of the structures in society that devalue parenthood (and motherhood, specifically), and make it such a hard job to do that all other aspects of one’s life suffer.
But let’s not be critical of a woman who feels like her most important job is raising her girls in the way she sees fit. Because that’s seventeen different kinds of bullshit. (via grrspit)
Now you know black women in particular aren’t allowed to be whole people & not a place project a cause for others. I mean, how dare Michelle think that she has a right to love her family & make their health and happiness a priority? How dare she support her husband (you know people get real twitchy in feminist circles about black women & our refusal to hate black men), and not feel bad that she put her career aside to help him rise to the highest office in the land? After all she’s not fitting into the Jezebel, Mammy, or Sapphire stereotypes & that’s just not acceptable to these bigoted feminists who think that black women owe them something. (via karnythia)
Puh-leeze! Michelle gave a very personal anecdote, not one time did she breathe anything about ALL women being or needing to be mothers. Salon is bugging out.
You know what I feel is SUPER FUCKING TRANSPARENT? the fact that at least the DNC reinforced that democrats want us to HAVE a choice whether we become moms (which is also in Michelle’s speech, iajs), but we’re just NOW upset about women talking about motherhood in their speeches. Meanwhile at the Republican convention, every single policy point having to do with women was about forcing them into motherhood against their will. And feel free to link me to the Salon article about Ann Romney’s speech and how it glorified and romanticized the subjugation and suffering of women/moms with no eye towards changing it. Wait you mean there’s no article about that? oh.