Let’s be honest, Gigglers: the question of whether or not we “can have it all” is not a new one. When it comes down to brass tacks, the question is simple: it possible to be a good mom and work outside the home? There’s been TED talks on the subject, many, many, many articles arguing the pros and cons, even a Sex and the City episode addressed the question. And now Madonna, in the midst of an ugly custody battle that has people asking those same unfair questions of her, has taken to Instagram to fire back at the naysayers:
“It’s possible to be an entertainer and a good mother!!!” Madonna says in the caption. “Too bad we don’t live in a society where many encourage strong independent single working moms! The next great Frontier!”
Frankly, I find it incredibly offensive that the question of whether or not a woman can be a good mother while working is still being asked. Some women (especially those on a lower socio-economic scale) have no choice– the point is moot. There are countless real-life examples of powerful working moms from whom we can learn. And in the fictional world, our television has been inundated since the eighties with programs that show this is possible. It’s part of our cultural conscience. No one’s questioning whether Roseanne was a good mom– and she sure as heck worked. It’s hard yes, but it’s possible. And, let’s be honest, with Madonna’s money and resources she can afford help when many working mothers cannot.
The fact that people are asking this of her just goes to show that while we as a society may act progressive, there’s still a hidden misogyny that we must fight AKA when’s the last time the public got up in arms about whether or not a male celebrity was a good dad? Thank goodness for working moms like Madonna who aren’t afraid to stand up and express themselves! We applaud you, lady.
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