May 22, 2009
A NY Times blogger wonders if it’s better to be a single mother or a married mother. Gosh, it could be either really, in fact married moms often wish they were single moms. Yeah! It’s true. A whopping 22% of married moms, in some poll in some magazine from a few years ago (no, really), said it might be easier to not have a spouse.
As evidence that single motherhood is so, like, whatever these days, the author writes “Now films about unwed teen moms win Academy Awards, (”Juno”) and unwed 20-something moms hit big at the box office (”Knocked Up”) and write blogs andbooks (”Storked” and “Rattled”, both by Christine Coppa), and the vice-president doesn’t say a word when teen pregnancy looks ever-so-romantic on TV (”The Secret Life of An American Teenager”; “90210″).”
I mean, a blog and a book? That’s a trend! And Joe Biden is too busy panicking the nation over swine flu to comment on 90210? Then obviously he approves!
In the comment section, people make genius observations like “I happen to be one of those who believe that single moms is a hell of a better option than no parent at all.” Um, awesome. The option was single parent or not single parent. Not, actually, single parent or no parent. Another commenter writes about a single parent being better than an alcoholic parent. Again, terrific, but I’m pretty sure single people can be alcoholics too.
What’s alarming is the seriousness with which the writer asks this completely ridiculous question, truly wondering if it might be better to just have one parent instead of two (assuming, again, that every parent involved in functional). There are, to be sure, many a terrific single parent. But the idea that that can be the preferred option is quite a new one, propagated by very silly people like the writer of that post.