The New Momism

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The New Momism

Over the past thirty years, motherhood has changed significantly in society. From how mothers raise their kids, to what they look like is an ongoing battle that they cannot win. In the book, The Mommy Myth, the authors Susan Douglas, a Communication Studies Professor at the University of Michigan, and Meredith Michaels, a philosophy teacher at Smith College, write about the stress that mothers have on their backs at all time, and share a collection of stories that either makes motherhood seem entirely stress free, or the worst thing that could ever happen to a woman. The book is an extraordinary book that has inspired many women, and has allowed them to realize how the rise in media has had a negative effect on motherhood.

Many women often wonder about why their lives seem so stressful; however the lives of other women such as “Celebrity Moms” seem to be rewarding and joyous (220). Douglas and Meredith go into further detail on how the rise in media influences new moms today. From the collection of real life stories from all different women, we see how the choices a mother makes deeply depends on the choices the mother down the street makes, or what they read about in magazines. The Mommy Myth takes a provocative tour through the past thirty years of media images about mothers: the superficial achievements of the celebrity mom, the news media's sensational coverage of dangerous day care, the staging of the mommy wars between working mothers and stay-at-home moms, and values-based marketing that raises mothering standards to

impossible levels. The stories read come from celebrities such as Kirstie Allen, teaching mothers how they could have the perfect life to; just follow the simple instructions given (267). New moms today have to deal with the pressures enforced by the media, and are in constant competition with each other, trying to be the best mom. According to the New Momism, to be the best mom means you must love each and every second...
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