Mommies Love To Party! (Oh, And Also Shame On You Wall Street Journal. Shame On You SO HARD.)

via The Wall Street Journal (I know, right?)

It’s weird, I recently wrote a piece about cursing and motherhood and yet, here I am sitting down to write THIS piece and all I can think of are expletives and whatever the opposite of a euphemism is.

Oh, Wall Street Journal, SHAME ON YOU.

This week the Wall Street Journal published a piece that belittled and cut down what I do every day because I happen to do it while simultaneously being a Mom.

Oddly, no…this isn’t another one of those inflammatory Mommy Wars pieces that pits Moms who work out of the house against Moms who stay home. This is a piece that takes an entire profession full of hard working and entrepreneurial women — many of whom are either the bread winners in their family and/or significantly contributing to their household’s bottom line — squats over it, takes a massive dump on it, and then flushes it down the toilet as fast as possible to get rid of the stench.

A brief excerpt, in case you haven’t read the WSJ’s skidmark of a piece yet —

Katherine Stone, a 43-year-old mother and wife from Atlanta, wants to leave her husband and children.

Just for a few days. On her trip, she will listen to panels addressing issues of concern to mothers, network with other bloggers, and stay in a hotel room that someone else will keep tidy. Ms. Stone, a former marketing director for Coca-Cola, now stays home to raise her two young children as she operates “Postpartum Progress,” a well-read blog about mental health and parenting. “I will eat junk out of the minibar,” she says. “I will not watch ‘SpongeBob.’ “

She and other mothers who work from home —bloggers, interior decorators, crafters and the like—rarely get to travel alone to escape the daily grind. Event planners, networking organizations, travel agents and consumer-goods marketers are targeting these women by sponsoring conferences and conventions. They have figured out a simple way to make them happy: Give them a reason to go on a business trip.

Ms. Stone’s husband travels a lot for work. But next week, she gets her turn. She will meet up with her online friends at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, Calif., where they will attend the three-day Mom 2.0 Summit, for $250 to $450, excluding hotel and airfare costs.

Ms. Stone and other Mom 2.0 attendees will sit in on seminars like “How to Keep Blogging After It’s All Been Blogged” and “Help! My 9 Year Old Wants to Be on Instagram!”

It’s normal to feel like you need to shower after reading that. I know I did.

Last year I attended the Mom 2.0 conference in Miami, Florida. I was lucky enough to share a room at that conference with one of the most respected women in the professional blogging circles I personally run in — a woman named Katherine Stone. I think it was the same person the Wall Street Journal interviewed for their silly fluff piece on this silly trend of Mommy Blogging and these silly little Mommy Conferences which *giggle* are really just a great excuse to get away from our kids and eat junk food. (shhhhhhhh.) Except the Katherine I roomed with didn’t turn on the TV or declare her freedom from Nickelodeon once. She refused to ignore any phone calls from her husband or children so we could do tequila shooters on the beach and then lay around eating snacks we tell our kids will rot their teeth. She didn’t even want to split the brownie I had left over from the plane ride.

Instead, the Katherine I roomed with introduced me to the editors of Babble, which directly led to me landing the column you are reading right now. The Katherine I roomed with was given a humanitarian award for the meaningful and selfless work she does as an advocate for maternal mental health. The Katherine I roomed with was greeted with hugs and admiration from the inimitable list of attendees, who ranged from New York Times best selling authors, to Emmy award winning television producers, to agency heads, to Internet superstars, to doctors, to lawyers, to fashion designers, to yes…(oh the horror) Moms who blog.

I don’t remember if the expo hall at last year’s Mom 2.0 had a theme, but I do remember making contacts during those three days that lead to an increase in my personal income of nearly 35% over the past twelve months.

But silliness. Frivolity. Nonsense. Mommies just love to party.

Nevermind that Postpartum Progress, the site that the WSJ referred to so briefly it was as if it existed solely to provide Katherine with an excuse to go conferencing, is the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. Nevermind that Katherine has appeared on CNN, HLN, the Huffington Post, AOL, PBS, iVillage and then some as an expert in maternal healthcare BECAUSE SHE IS. Nevermind that Katherine was named to More Magazine’s  Fierce List 2012 for the way she uses that same expertise, alongside Queen Elizabeth and Joan Didion. Nevermind that Katherine, her work, and the community she built saved me from the dark depths of postpartum depression and anxiety when I had all but given up on ever finding my way out. The Wall Street Journal isn’t interested in any of that. They had an opportunity to interview the brilliant and respected Katherine Stone and they used it to conjure up the biggest load of crap to hit Mommyblogging in the face since people started calling being a Mom and a writer Mommyblogging.

The media is off the rails in their portrayal of both women and new media in general. This is a glowing example of both of those stigmas at work. Shame on you Wall Street Journal. Publish a real piece on Katherine Stone.

{Katherine wrote her own fantastic response to the WSJ piece HERE, although Katherine I can assure you, it is not YOU who owes an apology to anyone.}

More from Morgan:
My Mom Had A Wardrobe Malfunction At My Bat Mitzvah
“Doc, Are You Telling Me This Sucker’s Nuclear?”
Social Media is a Warm Gun

More from Babble: 

• What You Should REALLY Expect from Blogging Conferences 

• A Man’s Defense of Mommy Bloggers

• Hall of Shame: Publications That Have Burned Parenting Bloggers With Sensationalist “Spin”

Wall Street Journal Insults Mom Bloggers, Again

Wall Street Journal Has No Idea Who Mom Bloggers Really Are or What We Do

My Apology to Mommybloggers and Husbands Everywhere

Social Media Conferences Are Business Trips — Period

• A Reminder That Non-parents Can Attend Blog Conferences, Too

• How Are Mommy Business Trips Different Than a Businessman’s?

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