A reminder from The Atlantic, a reputable magazine aimed at successful intelligent people: Unless you are Michelle Obama, Ladies, you cannot have it all. Your baby will be sad. (Do you see how this is the lead story in their “Ideas Issue?” Ugh.) Feminist evangelist & author, Jessica Valenti, Founder of Feministing, has been poking around in photo libraries, inspired by this cover, in an attempt to find more images of “women having it all.” Working women with happy children and successful careers… you know. Ms Valenti has not, it appears. been wholly successful. She found lots of this … instead.
Poor Jennifer Aniston-a-like. Her suit is crap, her briefcase is open.
She found lots of this: “You will become so frumpy, Frumpy Working Mom, that even your child will cry when he sees you.”
More delights after the jump.
Be strong, sisters.
God forbid you should rely on your husband to do the housework or help look after the babies. he will be cross.
You will definitely be cursed with bad clothes
What will happen next … is that you will forget to feed your child. Because you are quite rubbish, you know.
You will appear to be ridiculous, as you juggle.
What did I say about juggling CAREFUL! YOU WILL DROP THAT BABY!
Aaaaaargh. You will be crying.
Can I whisper something very quietly?
I have three happy children, a good marriage and a satisfying career.
I’m not at all very well dressed and don’t have a sparkly social life, but being well dressed and having a sparkly social life is something I don’t care about AT ALL.
I only tell you this, not to blow my own trumpet (I suppose I should go to the Stop Objectification site, for that,) but to offer an alternative view of just one Working Mom.
I may not a Gold Medal-Winning Working Mom, but hopefully I’m a good enough Working Mom…
(My kid’s teeth are brushed every day, for e.g)
It can be done.
It’s also OK if you don’t want or don’t “have it all.”
Legitimate female happiness and female success is possible in many forms.
Via Jessica Valenti and Sociological Images