|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|
We here at Media Central are really excited about the battle that's brewing, particularly because we're a month away from Mother's Day and this is the perfect ratings-grabbing fight we've been looking for, particularly on those slow news days. Two women, both writers, have books which take the opposite sides of one of our favorite topics: The mommy wars.
Behind the desk at the women's gym she owns, there's a poster of a woman with the palms of her hands pressed together in a yoga position. The caption: Strength.