Catherine Connors is a mother, writer and recovering academic who traded the lecture hall for the playroom and discovered that university students and preschoolers have much the same attention span. She still dips her toes into academic waters by writing the occasional scholarly article about the place of motherhood in Western philosophy, but mostly now she changes diapers and wipes noses and indulges in long reflections on whether Yo Gabba Gabba is a harbinger of the decline of western civilization. Oh, and she blogs: in addition to Bad Mother blogging at BeliefNet, she is, among other things, the author of HerBadMother.com, Managing Editor of MamaPop, moderator of Her Bad Mother’s Basement, co-founder and co-editor of WeCovet, Contributing Editor at BlogHer, and (deep breath) founder of and contributor to Canada Moms Blog. And in her spare time… oh, wait. She doesn’t have spare time. But she’s okay with that.
So when I said, the other day, that I avoid getting myself into a state of outrage? I might have lied, because it seems that nearly every day these days there is some fresh evil provoking me to outrage. Last week, it was non-consensual nether-probes being performed on Canadian women; today, it’s disturbing diaper ads and PETA, who never fails to offend.
(I discussed the disturbing diaper ads over at the Bad Moms Club. I’d boycott Huggies, but we don’t even use Huggies, so it wouldn’t exactly be the strongest statement. Still. Ugh. Am sickened.)
PETA is up to its usual trick of exploiting women for the purposes of defending animals. I’m all for defending animals, but PETA’s trademark gimmick of doing campaigns that riff on the idea of women being ‘meat’ or property or in some manner comparable to pets or farm animals or ferrets or whatever is offensive in the extreme.
It hit a new low this past week:
I don’t care what you think of the Duggars: it is not okay to compare Michelle Duggar – to compare any woman – to an un-spayed dog. You know: to a bitch. Such comparisons demean all mothers. They demean all of us.
Stop it, PETA. Find another way to get your message across. Saving animals at the cost of demeaning women involves too high a price. Stop it.
100 Miles For Tanner: I ran 8k on the weekend, pushing a jogging stroller in -15C weather. I’m pretty pleased. I think that I can do this.