The other day, Hilary Rosen was on CNN’s Anderson Cooper when she uttered the sound bite heard ’round the world:
What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, well, you know, my wife tells me that what women really care about are economic issues. And when I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.
Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school and how do we — why do we worry about their future?
Rosen was referring to Ann Romney, and while she was referring to Romney’s wealth and privilege, many took immediate umbrage with the way she phrased the question, turning it into “The Mommy Wars”: round 37261.
I hate the term “Mommy Wars.”
Thankfully, my pal Andie is all sorts of awesome (and Australian), and referred to it as the Mummy Wars…making me tolerate the term just a wee bit more.
Anyway. Regardless of Rosen’s intention, she unwittingly sparked an internet kerfuffle, with many smart women writing many smart things.
Here’s a sampling:
Annie from PhD In Parenting – Step Aside, Mommy Wars, Let’s Talk Policy
Irin Carmon – The Real War On Moms
Jane Mayer – Hilary & Hillary: Political Mommy Wars
Jill Filipovic from Feministe: A Few Thoughts on Hilary Rosen, Moms and Work
Liz from The Six Year Itch – The Gag Me With a Spoon “Mommy Wars.”
and I even chimed in with a piece for The Guardian’s series, The People’s Panel: Modern Motherhood