Meredith O'Brien
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

Media Expectations of Women.

What, exactly, do you people want from women? Really? Over the past two weeks, women have been sent all manner of confusing, contradictory and, frankly, deeply insulting messages, all centered around their looks. more

Mad at Mad Men.

*Warning, spoilers ahead from the Mad Men season finale.* First and foremost let me say this: I’m a huge Mad Men fan. I frequently blog about it and review each episode the day after it airs. more

Raising Hope, Rising Safety Concerns.

I’m really taking a liking to a new, coarse Fox comedy, Raising Hope. It’s crude and distinctly politically incorrect which, frankly, appeals to my anti-perfectionist parenting sensibilities. more

Waiting for Superman.

Here are some of the thoughts that were running through my head as I wiped away tears and the credits rolled at the conclusion of Waiting for Superman, a documentary about how vast numbers of public schools are failing our children: more

No Ordinary Mom.

“I was running so much that I was falling short on everything.” While I can’t exactly relate to a mom who, along with her husband and two teens, was suddenly granted superpowers after a small plane carrying her family crashed into a body of water, I can relate to her complaint that no matter how fast or much she tried to tackle all her responsibilities at work and at home, she couldn’t really keep up with everything. more

Organized Chaos.

I identified perhaps a tad too much last week with the season premieres of Modern Family and The Middle as they related tales of saying goodbye to the old car you used to drive when your kids were little and trying to keep one step ahead of the chaos of all things school-related. more

Female Sports Reporter Locker Room Harassment.

Twenty years ago, a reporter for the Boston Herald walked into the New England Patriots’ locker room and was confronted by a naked player asking her, according to media reports, “Is this what you want? Do you want to take a bite out of this?” more

Fall 2010 Television Preview.

Clear your DVRs and TiVos. It’s time for new and returning fall TV shows, and if you’re in between babysitters, really, TV’s a pretty cheap date. more

The Dramatic, Dysfunctional Moms of Showtime.

Back in March, the Wall Street Journal ran a feature story saying that Showtime had been busy fashioning itself into a showcase for mothers who’ve become unhinged in one way or another. more

The State of the American Woman.

During the same week when U.S. women celebrated the 90th anniversary of their right to vote, my daughter turned 12. While I looked at her, I wondered, “Where do American women stand as she herself stands on the precipice of her teenage years?” more

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