Mainstream Media Mommy Box.
Pulitzer Prize winning writer Dave Barry tackled a lot of topics during his tenure as a nationally syndicated columnist. For example, he once wrote in detail about his daughter’s love of ballet : “My daughter has decided, at age 2, that all she wants is to be a ballerina. She has a tutu, which she wears with everything, including her pajamas. She likes to mince and twirl, and she expects her mother and me to mince and twirl with her, with our hands over our heads, ballet-style. We do this a LOT. ‘Pirouette Till You Puke,’ that is our motto.”
He also wrote in detail about hosting a child’s birthday party: “When our daughter turned 2, we had a big party at our house. That was over a month ago, and we're still finding cake frosting in unexpected places. Our house was filled with 2-year-olds, running, falling, yelling, crying, pooping, etc. I honestly didn't know who most of these children were, or how they found out about the party. Maybe the Internet.”
He wrote about skiing with his family, about his daughter’s abundant affection for Disney princesses, his son’s messy apartment populated by 213 empty pizza boxes and his wife’s vacillating moods during pregnancy. Did writing about his fatherhood experiences mean Barry was a “daddy columnist?” Did writing about his family negate his success or pigeon-hole him? Not a whit. However if he’d been a mom and wrote online and frequently (or occasionally) mentioned her offspring, would that mean her writing would be less worthy of respect than the work produced by men who are fathers and mention their families? That’s the question du jour on the internet these days, especially when it comes to the type of media coverage afforded to women writers/bloggers and whether attaching the word “mommy” to their job description is demeaning.