Well, Russ, I’m more or less done with the stuff I needed to get done this week. All that remains is for me to pack and ship over the next couple of days, then get myself down to the tropics for what will undoubtedly be a strange, strange few days. Oh, and I have to get something resembling grown-up clothes to wear for my event. I’m enlisting the help of a far more fashion- and retail-savvy friend this weekend, thank goodness, because I just don’t think I can dress myself anymore. My ideas about what to wear have been distorted over the last few months by my experiences teaching 21-year-old girls, who — have you noticed this? — don’t wear pants much nowadays. And like every disturbing, American-Apparel-was-on-to-it-three-years-ago trend, it doesn’t look that bad to me anymore, you know? All of which means that it won’t be long until I’m wearing this.
Hey, so apologies to my Facebook friends for the self-plagiarism here, but did you see that article from Salon that I posted, along with the response in Jezebel? The original article discussed our culutre’s weird animosity towards mothers — in particular, educated, white, urban mothers who dare to take their kids out in public places and disturb people around them with kid noise — and sensibly suggested that there is an anti-feminist impulse underlying this animosity. The Jezebel response — specifically, a sizable percentage of the comments — took some issue with this notion. Quick, go read those articles. Then come back.
This little tidbit from Jezebel made me homicidal.
It’s the combination of smugness and obliviousness, Berkeley ethics funded by serious money, of campaigning for liberal politicians while complaining about nanny problems.
Hey, you know what? I campaign for liberal politicians. I’ve also had nanny problems. Seriously, I am so tired of this shit. Why are otherwise left-leaning types so horrid and myopic when it comes to questions of feminism and motherhood? It’s a good thing for cities, for public schools and for the environment that relatively affluent families are no longer fleeing urban areas in the same numbers. It’s a good thing for women to avail themselves of whatever options they can to keep their careers alive during the very difficult early child-rearing years (if that’s what they want to do), as long as they treat child-care workers like professionals. It’s a good thing for all of us to share our public spaces in a way that helps us learn to accommodate one another. So why are liberal urbanites so resentful of kids? Are they really that infantile? One Jezebel commenter mentioned proudly that she hadn’t been taken to a restaurant until she was five, because her parents didn’t want to subject the other patrons to her antics. Five fracking years until you’re allowed to take your child to a restaurant? Are you kidding me? I don’t take my child to five-course meals in white-tablecloth establishments, but jeez, are we really not supposed to go anywhere but Chuck E. Cheese? For all the screeching about strollers in bars, you’d think that the bars (OK, non-smoking gastropubs, really) we sometimes take our child to DIDN’T HAVE HIGH CHAIRS AVAILABLE.
So frack all y’all. I’m going out for a pint with my 3-year-old.