Mom 101, who I’m getting re-acquainted with for some dissertation stuff, posts today about someone expressing direct disdain for her as she struggles to kid-wrangle in a public space.
I am always continually amazed at how people thinks it’s OK to be rude to mothers. A new site from Eden Kennedy and Alice Bradley, called Let’s Panic, notes on the about us page that people lose their social skills around mothers even before the baby is born: When you are pregnant, “Strangers manhandle your delicate, misshapen belly or point, chuckling, as you waddle past.” Why is it that when you have kids, simple social ettiquette no longer applies to you? Are children so indecent that common human decency must be relinquished by those who choose to have them?*
*Must find the citation — I think that Bitch PhD made the argument once, and it was compelling to me, anyway, that the choice is in NOT having children.