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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Time Magazine Blames Mommy Bloggers?

My response to Miss Behavin over at Maneuvering Motherhood, and her RANT of AWESOMENESS concerning Time's article Moms Who Drink: No Joking After the Schuler Tragedy by Ada Calhoun.

Please read Miss Behavin's post here, first, to get the whole picture.

So, on my third time reading your rant, it finally sunk in (sorry, the Adderall is wearing off, now). By the time it had sunk in, though, I began having an anxiety attack because the Lexapro is at its trough, as well. Thank GAWD the Wellbutrin is taken twice a day, or I would be morbidly depressed, too!

Note the sarcasm there, Time! And (get this) I'm a mommy blogger, too!

Yes, this was a serious tragedy, and I am deeply sorry for the families' losses. However, the metaphorical inference was just that . . . a metaphor. I couldn't believe people took her literally, and decided that playdates could equate to a beer-chuggin', martini-guzzlin' good time. I mean, really people! Get a freakin' clue!

I am, INDEED, on all those medications, but for very well-justified and medically-verifiable reasons. I'd like to see anyone try to be a military wife of four special needs children without a little pharmaceutical assistance. BTW, I'm also a coffee, diet coke, and diet rock star addict, too.

I don't drink alcohol (mainly because it interferes with the Lexapro, and has a nasty side effect of extreme migraines), so am I off the hook for the whole 'Mommy Bloggers = Misfit Drunks' scenario?

Oh wait! What's that you say? You're doing a piece on pill-poppin' mommy bloggers in your next issue?

Hell, sign me up! By the time you finish your interview, you'll be so overwhelmed by all I deal with on a day-to-day basis, that you will be begging me to 'hook you up!'

Here I was thinking that our nation was sooooooo over stereotypical judgments. Thanks, Time, for proving your lack of evolutionary skills.

7 comments:

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Michaela August 17, 2009 at 10:32 AM  

Thanks for sharing her post and your reply.

Stacie August 18, 2009 at 10:02 AM  

I have to go check out the original post. It's a shame that we mommy bloggers get judged. Ok now of to see the original.

Tellie August 25, 2009 at 1:38 PM  

Wow. That's sad. Both the fact that so many lives were lost, and that Time made those generalizations.

Marq | Uprinting.com August 31, 2009 at 8:29 PM  

That is indeed a tragic accident. As Tellie said, it's a sad thing that Time made those generalizations. People should be informed that not all mommy bloggers are like the one mentioned in Time.

tera September 3, 2009 at 2:15 PM  

Well said (written) and bravo! They completely ignored the fact that there are reckless, irresponsible people who cause equally significant and tragic accidents who - get this - have NO INAPPROPRIATE SUBSTANCES in their system at all! They are just irresponsible!

We had one here a couple years ago where some guy fell asleep at the wheel (he says he has a medical condition, I would like to know why the heck he was even driving - ever!) and killed all 6 children in a family's van.

I, too, suspect there will be more to the story.

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Angela McCoy is a freelance writer/editor, military wife and work at home mom (WAHM) to four boys with special needs. Her writing encompasses a myriad of topics -- Autism, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, Cystinosis, Fanconi's Syndrome, kidney transplant, and more -- influenced by her two teenagers and seven-year-old twins. She considers writing to be therapeutic and utilizes her skills to counsel and inspire her readers. Angela is a quick-witted, 'no holds barred,' tell it like it is' humorist who has learned that laughter truly is the best antidote to life's adversities.

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