I don't blame you for clicking off now, but if you want a bit of provocative reading have a gander...
Free? You blogging mums may as well wear burkas
If you did take the time to read it could somebody please explain as I didn't fully understand where her argument was coming from. It is a ranting from, what sounds like, a ballbreaking egomaniac that has a bee in her bonnet about blogging mums. Why? I'm not quite sure as there are that many bitter witterings that it's hard to see the point she is getting at.
Is she getting worked up about the Mumsnet site? Mums who blog about motherhood? or the fact they get paid to do it? Is it because they choose to stay at home and raise their children? Or, the subject matter they choose to write about would not be of interest to anyone? Or is it because these blogging mums are not hammering on that glass ceiling in the hope it should smash and place them on a higher rung of the career ladder? I don't know!! All I know is that it is very contradictory as she is insulting women who are doing exactly the same job she is doing for a living - writing about life!
A couple of quotes, enjoy:
'Questions raised on Mumsnet site - and by god it's bitchy and competitive - range from 'Do you enjoy breastfeeding?' to 'What choosing an unusual pet says about you'. Hmmm that sounds really bitchy and competitive. If you are going to make a comment like that then at least back it up with an example that proves it. The only thing bitchy I can see is this column.
So what if women 'get PAID to sit at home' and write. Surely we are advanced enough now in our society, as long as we are contributing, to be able to choose what we want without being judged. Albeit, some do not get that choice and certain sacrifices are made, which is a factor not taken into consideration in her writing. On the other hand, life, (seeing as we're making huge generalisations here) is about what makes us happy, is it not? Not every woman is driven by money, so being able to spend time at home with her child is something she might prefer.
As for writing about being a mother, they do so because they have an audience. They have an audience because they are writing about something that interests other like-minded people. What is so wrong in that? Some of these blogs offer help and advice to people who are looking for it.
'I felt the hand of patriarchy on my back', Yes love, it's patting you on the back as you are promoting the subordination of women in this article with your ramblings of how they shouldn't be heard.
I'm off to bake some cupcakes in my tiny, safe, fragrant home. I'll leave you with the final comment, make of it what you will.
'They might just as well don a burka, and shuffle, so narrow is their vision.' Oh the irony of the last part of the sentence made me laugh out loud. :))
Bear with me, I promise to write a more positive piece next time xx