|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|
She made it seem effortless. Well, not effortless exactly, it's just that she didn't do a lot of complaining or apparent schedule juggling like other mothers who try to maintain a career while working from home. more
They're called breasts. Get over it. What breasts, you may ask. Well if you had been listening to media commentators and pundits over the past week, you'd find that they've been all atwitter over the fact that presidential candidate and New York Senator Hillary Clinton had the temerity to wear a (*shudder*) V-neck blouse beneath a jacket while making a speech on the Senate floor. The hysteria over her wardrobe selection has now reached absurd proportions. more
A fellow cop had been gunned down in a Japanese restaurant. The detectives from New York City’s 14th Squad had gathered in their lieutenant’s office to strategize for the investigation.
All except for Detective Mary Beth Lacey.
Her partner, Detective Chris Cagney, silently but emphatically motioned for Lacey to join the group in Lieutenant Samuels’ office. But Lacey was busy on the telephone. Arguing with her husband Harvey. About last-minute child care arrangements for their two grade school-aged sons. more
As soon as you say the words, "One Day at a Time," two things pop into my mind: That boppy theme song and the 70s hair and clothes worn by the teenaged daughters Julie and Barbara (played by Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli). That was what I recalled from the show I used to watch as a girl . . . plus the episode where Julie ran away with her boyfriend Chuck. more
An account manager in an advertising firm. A waitress who aspired to be a singer. A New York City police officer. A couple of attorneys. A pair of journalists. An architect. Travel agents. An assistant to an online magazine editor. And a drug store clerk. more