In a stroke of brilliance, Jessica Valenti has named a new trope: Sad White Babies with Mean Feminist Mommies. The trope offers a visual “no” to the question that won’t die, “Can women have it all?” It serves as a cautionary tale to all the ambitious feminist ladies out there: go right ahead, get a good job, but don’t think for a second that you’re doing the right thing for your (future) child. Thanks to Larry H. and Zeynep A. for sending it in!
Here’s a collection borrowing from Valenti and my own Google Image search for “working mother”:
Here’s an alternative image of the working mom that I thought was quite cute (TIME):Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.