First Rule of this argument: Let’s assume everyone has had a kid, knows someone who’s has a kid, or has at least one parent who’s had a kid. Okay? Nobody has cornered the market on parenting.
A picture of Michelle Wu with her beautiful sleeping baby in in front of her on her desk at a council hearing was tweeted out today.
Very cute and yes I question the photo-op/using-baby-as-prop-for-political-gain (do you know how many kids have been raised in city hall and kept out of the chamber for meetings?).
I got jumped on when I questioned this in a twitter reply.
But let’s use this to discuss the bigger issue.
I am sorry to tell my fellow feminists but there is a difference between the male and female and this is where we see it. Michelle is a mother. Michael Flaherty is a father. He leaves the house and I bet doesn’t obsess about his kids that day. Will they make the dentist appointment, will they make it to the bus on time, do they have money for the field trip, are they dressed warm enough.
Yes the dad thought about it and yes he cares but in reality, he doesn’t care once he leaves the house. Until the mother calls and texts every half hour and reminds him.
Now I also bet that Councilor Flaherty or other recent male city councilors who had kids during their tenure went to work soon after the birth and really didn’t worry too much about who was watching the baby. Wife/mother-in-law/daycare. Who cares? The kid’s safe and by safe I mean the mother is happy where the kid is. That is all that matters to most dads. What does mom say? Peace and quiet my friends, peace and quiet. Think of that come Father’s Day
Not so with the mother of a child. That’s why we see young mothers struggle with work. Their minds are on the baby. Like Michelle’s.
So if us feminists would admit that when it comes to mothering no one can do it like a mother and no one knows what it is like to worry like a mother.
I believe that. And if feminists will accept it then I see no reason why Michelle shouldn’t worry and act like a mother. Let all mothers do what they have to do. Men will respect it. They had mothers.
But really if we saw Michael Flaherty in a hearing with a baby we would lose respect for him. And rightfully so.
But if us feminists want to keep insisting that mothers and dads are exactly alike then I say, ‘screw you, the kid doesn’t belong there. Shows total disrespect to the council and the people appearing before it. The subject matter and the tax payers deserve her full attention.’
Of course I am right on this, right?
BTW I’m glad I didn’t have business important to me in front of the council today. I’d be trying to make a point to a city councillor with her infant child on her desk and she’s babysitting.
What the father of the child? Aren’t we equal here? Why doesn’t he bring the kid to work?
Oh, he is not the mother. So there is a difference?
Hmmmm.just waht are the femists saying? We are all equal until it doesn’benfit the woman?