…Positioning motherhood this way is actually terrible for women. For one, it offers up a definition of motherhood that creates an impossible standard, setting off a ripple of guilt that reaches even the most liberated mothers, present company included. It also ignores this guy — I think they call him “Dad” — who in recent decades we discovered is completely capable of helping cook dinner and tucking the kids in at night while mom catches up on Nashville. Get this: He can even man the house while mom takes a weekend away with a friend.
Though you know who else this fetishization of mother as martyr hurts? Kids. If I ever see tears well up in my son’s eyes over all that I sacrificed for him I will feel like I did something really wrong.
—Elissa Strauss on that fake job interview video