Friday, August 1, 2014

Whoa, time out. This book says WHAT?!

I try not to get too ranty on my blog, but occasionally I'll see something that I feel absolutely needs to be addressed.

Yup. This is one of those times.

This morning, I was cruising my Facebook newsfeed when I came across a picture posted by a friend of mine. It was of a book he'd found called I Want to Be a Mommy. Of course, his comments blew up with things like "brainwashing them early".
Here's the cover.

I just shrugged and kept scrolling. You want to be a mommy? Okay. Good for you, kid. But then another friend posted a look inside the book....

And...ugh. It made me sick. Like I just threw up a little in my mouth kind of sick.

Okay, to be fair I haven't read the entire book, only reviews. Apparently, it's supposed  to encourage girls to be anything they want to be--all the while underlining that motherhood is the best job in the world.

Yes, I have heard women with kids say that. I don't doubt it. I grew up the oldest of 8 kids and some of my siblings are more than a decade younger than me. I spent a lot of time babysitting as a teenager and, honestly, some of my best memories are of taking care of the little ones. So I am not against mommyhood. I do hope to have at least one child of my own someday.

And--just setting the record straight here--there's absolutely nothing wrong with women who aspire to be only mothers. More power to them! Without mommies, the world would fall apart fast.

But for the love of feminism, don't write books that teach our girls they should be mommies and not doctors because they'll have to "learn big words."


I just... I can't even.

This is the 21st century, correct? Because I feel like I just jumped in the TARDIS and took a spin back to the 1950s.

Haven't we established women are just as capable of learning "big words" as men? And, I'm sorry, but this one page is pure bullshit. I truly hope the rest of the book isn't like this, but I have my doubts.

Girls can be both mommies and doctors. And they can be damn good at both jobs.

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