|Do you pay attention to how the mom characters are portrayed on your favorite TV shows? Loathe the so-called "mommy wars" on which the news media love to focus? Each week, Meredith O'Brien's Working Moms in Pop Culture & Politics column provides a reality check on how TV shows, movies, and the media depict moms. A longtime journalist and mother of three, Meredith O'Brien formerly taught journalism at the University of Massachusetts, is the author of A Suburban Mom: Notes from the Asylum and writes the Picket Fence Post blog for GateHouse Media. Follow Meredith on Twitter: @MeredithOBrien|
Women are the latest battlefield. Or at least BEING a woman seems to be controversial these days when it comes to presidential politics. And trying to figure out who will SECURE the votes of the nation’s females -- as if we all walk in lock-step when it comes to our political decisions -- well, that’s certainty being factored into the political equation too.
ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters” recently started heading down an uncomfortable dramatic road, pitting a soon-to-be-divorced, full-time working mom against a soon-to-be divorced at-home dad in a court of law, with each vying for custody of the couple’s two young kids. more
For years, it has seemed acceptable in some circles to criticize career-oriented parents – particularly hard-charging dads, folks who, on the surface, appear more wedded to work and career than to their families, those who have spouses who take care of all things domestic for them and who eventually wind up feeling taken for granted. more
Take a couple of studies about American happiness (which say that today’s women are less happy than men because they simply want too much -- career, kids and a clean house). Add in a report which says that if women don’t voice their anger and frustration to their spouses they’ll literally make themselves sick. And, for good measure, toss in an explicit HBO drama about four couples, in which the only couple with children hasn’t had sex for a year.
What’s a woman to do? She grows up, does well in school, goes to college, graduates and vigorously pursues a career. Eventually, she turns 30. She may or may not get or be married by that time, but one thing’s for sure, if she’s ever contemplated becoming a mother, by the time she hits her mid-30s – at, ironically, the same time careers tend to take off – she knows she needs to get things rolling if she wishes to give birth to a baby. more
Who would’ve thought that a TV show set in 1960 would provide a glimpse of mothers’ lives that’s still relevant today? What’s the cliché . . . the more things change, the more they stay the same?
Though the calendar says it’s not quite autumn yet, TV execs are busy promoting their new fall slate of programs which they hope will make your DVR must-see list. And while some programs -- such as “Lost,” “Medium” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” – will not premiere new episodes until 2008, many others are following the more traditional fall premiere schedule. more
I’m going to ask you to imagine something you don’t want to imagine, but bear with me: Let’s say that you’re the mother of children ages 7, 9 and 25, and had another child who was killed in a car accident over a decade ago. And one of your worst nightmares has come true: You’ve been told you have a fatal disease for which you can only manage the symptoms. more
There is a mom in a pink sweater holding a cute-as-a-button child who is playing with her necklace (and who hopefully didn’t gag her mother with the necklace after the snapshot was taken). The bold headline over the mom’s shoulder: “The New Mommy Track: More mothers are finding smart ways to blend work and family. How you can, too.” The word “New” is in pink. The last line encouraging us moms that we can do the smart blending thing if only we set our minds to it is highlighted in white.