Is there anything worse than mommy bloggers? That is a rhetorical question because if you have two firing synapses, you know the answer to that question.
Yeah, and people wonder why most of us don't like being called mommy bloggers. Usually it is me sitting here, writing about how ridiculous it is when people claim that they don't want to have to explain things to their kids. Or explaining why, in some circumstances, "I don't know" is the best answer you can give a child. And now, all of a sudden, because I'm a mom and a blogger, I'm being painted with the same brush as a woman who didn't want to have to explain a billboard of two men almost kissing to her child.
For what it's worth, I drive by a sex shop with a variety of interesting window displays on the way to drop my kids off at school and have never complained about that. The KFC we drive by, yeah, I kind of wish it would burn to the ground like the McDonald's around the corner did, but my fairy godmother doesn't grant all of my wishes.
My kids know they are welcome to love anyone they want to love. We have lesbian friends. We took our three year old and five year old to the gay pride parade in Berlin last summer. But somehow, I'm just like that mommy blogger who complained about the billboard, because we're all the same.
What if Brian had opened a post with...
- Is there anything worse than coaches? Because, you know, some of them allow children to be raped right under their noses and therefore all of them are bad.
- Is there anything worse than men? Because, you know, some of them beat their wives, and therefore all of them are bad.
- Is there anything worse than Muslims? Because, you know, some of them stone people to death, and therefore all of them must be bad.
- Is there anything worse than Americans? Because...you don't really need me to finish that sentence, do you?
I could go on, but you get it. Moms are an easy scapegoat. It is okay to criticize moms and to paint them all with the same brush.
The really annoying thing is that most of Brian's article was excellent. He did an excellent job explaining why the billboard (just like the "toy store for adults" that I pass on the way to school), isn't really a big problem.
What if he asks what it's an ad for? Tell him it's for a way for men who fall in love with other men to meet. Easy as that. You don't have to tell him it's for sex. You can tell him it's for love.
Brian may be right, the blog post he was critiquing may be "mommy blogging at its worst" (although he'd probably be surprised to find out that there is much, much, much worse than that out there). Homophobia shouldn't be tolerated under any circumstances, even under the veiled "I'm such a liberal mom" circumstances. Brian seems like a smart guy and he makes a very important point.
So why did he need to use a ridiculous "straw mommy" to throw us all under the bus?
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