sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

January 26, 2014

Is It OK To make Fun of Women Nearly 20 Years Younger Than Me?

Filed under: feminism, parenting — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 10:20 pm

It’s easy to go incognito with a name like Amy Glass.  When a feminist named Amy Glass wrote an anti-mom screed, my first thought was to check out her age.  It was practically impossible since there are so many Amy Glasses out there, so all I have to go by is that she sounds like a rather immature 23.

Ms. Glass confidently announced that she looks down on young wives and mothers:

You will never have the time, energy, freedom or mobility to be exceptional if you have a husband and kids.

I hear women talk about how “hard” it is to raise kids and manage a household all the time. I never hear men talk about this. It’s because women secretly like to talk about how hard managing a household is so they don’t have to explain their lack of real accomplishments. Men don’t care to “manage a household.” They aren’t conditioned to think stupid things like that are “important.”

And there I was, thinking that I’m doing the most important job in the world — raising the next generation of citizens.

It’s amazing how little respect people who make the world go round get these days.  Me, I’m just a lowly housewife — but Amy Glass, she blogs for Thought Catalog.  Now that’s a job for the ages!

Judging by the originality of her ideas, the young woman is destined to be a foot soldier of the pink sneaker brigade for years to come.

Feminist leaders want followers, and they found a faithful one in Ms. Glass; good for them.  But what’s in it for Ms. Glass herself? Perpetuating one’s genetic material and one’s values onto children is a kind of immortality.  Very few women (or men, but especially women since we are more ordinary) are capable of achieving immortality by other means.

Amy Glass’s profile photo.  Ripped jeans + laptop = free spirit + “big ideas”

On the plus side, by eschewing young motherhood Amy ensures that she has time to party.

I’m looking forward to reading about Glass injecting round after round of hormones 15-20 years from now.

UPDATE: Linked by Linda Szugyi over at Da Tech Guy — thank you!

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9 Comments »

  1. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! and yes it’s okay. arrogant ignorance should be mocked whenever possible.

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — January 27, 2014 @ 7:15 am

  2. I hope Ms. Glass sticks to her guns about never being a mother. We don’t need any more like her.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — January 27, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    • I agree. If arrogant bitches like Mz Glass decline to reproduce, they are doing the world a big favor.

      Comment by bluebird of bitterness — January 27, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

      • I’m not sure Glass declined to reproduce. She said she looks down on *young* wives and mothers, from which I’m inferring that she’s against having a family, but merely delays it. She thinks that family can easily and naturally happen later in her life, after she accomplishes something “real”. Well, good luck with that.

        Comment by edge of the sandbox — January 28, 2014 @ 9:51 am

        • Good point. Maybe all those birth control pills she’s popping in the meantime will render her sterile. At least we can hope.

          Comment by bluebird of bitterness — January 28, 2014 @ 9:54 am

  3. As promised, if belatedly–Ice Day Deux started rough here–my reply to a comment when I posted this on FB. I know you are getting hits, but this is the only comment thread I’ve seen. It’s good if only 2 long. I’ll leave it to my friend to post her comment here if she’d like. I briefly paraphrased her comment in the first line for clarity.

    Feminism ‘should be about enabling future generations of some to have opportunities and support every “career” choice we make’–it’s a common statement, but it isn’t true. Feminism isn’t about those things.

    I take your point that the sniping gets old, but the debate is old. Note that Sandbox, and all of us housewives, we are on defense. The factions of feminism that think men’s standards are The standards go way back and have always been in tension with the women who wanted womanhood not to be a second class status. Its not a new argument at all, and since the 60’s housewives have been swamped. From Friedan’s comfortable concentration camps to “was I supposed to stay home and bake cookies” to various shut up and lean in tomes, the Amy Glasses have controlled the modern feminist movement.

    As one blogger aptly put it about the #solidarityisforwhitewomen, feminism has “shat” upon many women. http://mightymarce.blogspot.com/2013/08/dusting-off-my-soapbox-feminism.html
    And until the feminists who don’t live in the Ivory Tower or the corner office stand up to change this, the public faces of feminism will continue to berate housewives, in print, in pixels, at cocktail parties. (I have never had such rude treatment at social functions than from a vocal feminist.)

    But besides writing about what feminism should be about, few feminists are doing much to change the movement. So what are housewives to do? Shut up and accept it? Sure this is a playground defense, ‘she hit me first,’ but it used on playgrounds because it is a simple and ancient moral argument: the aggressor is the culpable party.

    Some feminists are attacking us. The rest are turning a blind eye. Are we to just turn the other cheek? (You might say, of course, that a good Christian should, to which I’d refer you to our earlier discussion about Christian doctrine that we fail all the time, and Sandbox is Jewish.) Perhaps we should try to work together? Yeah, I’ve been trying for years. Feminists welcome me, think I have fresh ideas, until someone tells them I’m conservative and pro-life. They aren’t interested.

    I agree, sniping isn’t the preferred option. But it is one of the few options available to us. I suggested a few others, but those weren’t acceptable either. http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/12/20/what-to-do-about-the-war-on-women/?singlepage=true
    I’m open to new ideas. But note, the ‘we just need to support each other’ isn’t a new or workable idea. Bluegrassredhead covered that pretty well here: http://bluegrassredhead.com/blog/will-personal-choice-end-the-mommy-wars

    Comment by Leslie Loftis (@AHLondonTX) — January 28, 2014 @ 6:52 am

    • I agree, we are on the defensive. Glass wrote that women are conditioned to think that running a household is important, which, of course, is not true, not for upper middle class white women, anyway. There is nothing surprising about Glass’s post, I’ve heard it all before, albeit not necessarily in writing.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — January 28, 2014 @ 9:47 am

  4. […] We got another Ice Day. I spent the evening prepping so didn’t get to post comments for Sandbox on her post on Amy Glass until this morning. I was late on that because Calvin is learning to cook. Long story short, he […]

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