Cue the biggest cat fight of the 21st century.
I’ve read a lot of the backlash verbiage. I understand Hilary Rosen didn’t mean that staying home and raising children isn’t work, but it’s still no excuse. Her comment was insulting and petty.
She was essentially saying that not every woman has the luxury of a sugar daddy to allow her to stay home and not have a worry in her pretty little head about finances or the economy.
Why do we do this to ourselves?
Isn’t it bad enough that women have had to battle against men for generations to receive any validation for our role in society? Is this what the feminist movement bought us – a movement from fighting against men to fighting amongst ourselves?
Because Ann Romney married well, we should hate on her?
Unfortunately, some of us never really leave the halls of high school. “She gets everything – a hot, rich husband, blonde hair, and a debilitating disease for sympathy too! It’s not fair!”
Now, if Ann Romney was snobbish about her fortune and position, that would be one thing, but she has never presented herself as anything but gracious.
Comments like Hilary Rosen reveal that, in the name of feminism, women are often far more concerned about proving ourselves to each other than we are proving ourselves to men.
Sure, Ann Romney has financial security, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have any economic worries. Hers are just different. Wealth and prominence in society carry with it great responsibility. I can only imagine the concern she had of teaching five boys who grew up in in the lap of luxury and in the public eye to still be hard working, gracious and compassionate.
All five of the Romney sons are now married with children and working professionals, mostly independent of their father’s empire. Sure, you could argue that their success came from the advantages of finances and prestigious contacts for their education and professional ventures to get them where they are, but such advantages only get you so far. Aren’t tabloids and reality shows chock full of entitled celebutantes whose petty, selfish use of time and inherited money prove them to be a waste of skin? At least the Romneys have chosen to become contributing members of society with their position.
For the most part, everyone is a product of their own choices, no matter what advantages or disadvantages they’ve had in life.
Hilary Rosen made her choices and Ann Romney made hers. And while their choices have led them to extreme opposites in lifestyle and political views, they have something very important in common – they’re both mothers. They both want to contribute positively to society with their efforts in raising a posterity.
Isn’t that what all mothers want?
Can’t we rally around that?
Even though Ann Romney has never set foot in a workplace and Hilary Rosen put her foot in her mouth, can’t we call a truce this Mother’s Day, join hands in solidarity and agree that no matter what situation you’re in as a mother, raising children is freaking hard?