Motherhood and Political Activism Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Last Sunday, in honor of Mother’s Day, my friend Dana Loesch wrote a great piece on why she believes that motherhood is political. She says:

The nurture and protection of your children isn’t limited to monitoring their dietary needs, their educational needs, their emotional and spiritual well-being. I speak out because I don’t want my children saddled with debt. I don’t want my children’s generation to be the first generation that comes out of the gate with a lower standard of living because of our recklessness.

This pretty much echoes my thoughts on the matter. I feel like I owe it to my children to educate myself on Constitutional rights and limitations. I want others to love our country as much as I do and understand what makes it special. Like Dana, I want my kids to grow up in a phenomenal America, where if you can dream it, you can achieve it.

Working to protect the freedoms we enjoy in America flows seamlessly with our hopes and dreams for our children to be better off than we are. It makes perfect sense that moms are getting politically active, because we’re the ones with the most to lose: Our children’s future.

In response to Dana’s article, some chick piped up criticizing every mom in the country. Apparently, us mamas are not worthy to participate in politics because we choose to be a womb instead of study politics. Stay-at-home-moms are the absolute worst, because we’re lazy un-American do-nothings that leech off our partner’s salary.

Someone needs to call her mother and apologize.

This 23-year-old law school student has no idea what it means to be a mother. Our brains are not (completely) hijacked for 18 years when we give birth. We have every ability to read, listen, learn, write, and speak about any subject — including politics.

Motherhood and political activism are not mutually exclusive. It’s easier now than ever for moms to educate themselves and get involved with the conversation. Anyone with an Internet connection can find the Constitution online, download the text of laws like Obamacare, read the news, and find and share opinions on blogs.

Moms are awesome multitaskers. We take care of our kids, our husbands, and our homes. We learn new recipes, new technology (have you seen kids toys these days??), new stain-fighting tricks, and about the embalming techniques employed by the ancient Egyptians (that one might be just me).

We are smart enough to know that we can use sites like MomThink.org as a jumping off point in developing our political points-of-view. I love this site because of its straightforwardness on issues that will undoubtedly affect our children in the future. I love the encouragement to join Twitter or Facebook groups, where we can mingle with other moms over a virtual soda or glass of wine and share thoughts and even engage in friendly debate. I love that it makes me feel empowered, rather than inferior, to be a mom.

Motherhood is political. Anyone that’s ever navigated a playgroup or PTA meeting knows that.

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Comments

  1. Her claim seemed to center around mothers withdrawing from the marketplace and becoming freeloaders. What she missed is that a marriage is, among other things, a contractual relationship. Two people have a merger and become a single economic unit, a unit that will often grow with the addition of children. A stay at home wife and mother is making contributions that allow the members of that economic unit to function more effectively.

  2. Exactly Beregond!

  3. Kristina Luitingh Sargis says:

    My husband and I actually stopped speaking to his sister after she chose to become a stay-at-home mom. I work off-hours shifts, and I just do not have time in my schedule to deal with worthless freeloaders like that.

    If you are a woman who finds a man who wants to support you, fine; I just hope those women have contingency plans if their husbands lose work, die or leave them. I do not want to end up supporting those worthless eaters with my tax dollars.

    The stay-at-home mom trash life is acceptable for Muslim women and women from other categories of inferior cultures. For a middle class woman born in the USA? That would constitute mimicry of lesser peoples’ cultures!

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