Anderson Cooper, I Am Disappointed.Beth Anne Ballance
Dear Silver Fox,
For so many years, I swooned over you, applauded you, admired your journalism, & calculated the many ways to seduce you. You are a smart hunk of fine man-meat. But I think I’m going to end this relationship and trust me, it’s you. Not me.
Listen, this horrible battle between stay-at-home mothers and working mothers is just old and pathetic and so message-boards-circa-2009. Nobody wins that war — we all just end up with cat scratches and hurt feelings to lick. Then you had to sensationalize it by adding the title, “Are Stay-At-Home Moms Lazy?” and I swear, chunks of bile rose in my throat.
Anderson speaks with a mom who works outside the home who shares her extreme point of view, claiming that moms who stay at home are just lazy. Anderson and a panel of moms discuss the brand new controversial study that says moms with jobs are healthier and happier, and debate the issue of who is actually happier. ~AndersonCooper.com
In my best momma voice, I say, “ANDERSON! What were you THINKING?!”
For heaven’s sakes, man. You are an award-winning journalist! You can do better than this!
I think back a few months ago when you asked me to participate in your new show, to enter stage left and discuss my reputation as a former internet mean girl. I hesitated and eventually turned you down, knowing that I was also turning down any chance to entice you into a green room; not out of fear for owning up to my mistakes, but rather the risk that you only needed me for a sensational story, not a woman who seeks to deliver sincere apologies.
According to the platform for this mom versus mom war, I chose well by saying “no.”
I beg you to think outside of the Jerry Springer box and stop pitting women against each other. Stop initiating the tear-down and guilt and heartbreak that we all face and instead, give us programs that bind us together. Help American mothers to better divide their time and energy between home and the office. Focus on ways that mothers may become more involved in the community, or give them resources to assist in our education system to help it grow. I know it’s hard work, but we can do it.
We mommas, all of us, are used to hard work.