Her Bad Mother

Monday, September 18, 2006

More from the Shameless Whoring Files...

EDIT (huzzah!) - a question and new picture added, below...

... because I just cannot get enough of myself, and neither can you...

1) More what-the-fuck-is-up-with-feminism? ranting at SheBytches. If you are offended by my drooling girl love for Gloria Steinem, look away. Otherwise, good times.

2) My own Call to Action post is up. But hey! Not here! I put it up at urbanmoms, where the notion of blog community and the integrity thereof has been under rigorous interrogation.

(Hey! There can't be community where there's advertising! Not possible! Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Bad Mother?)

(Ever been to Cuba? The absence of Pepsi ads has secured freedom of speech and open dialogue to an extent hitherto unseen in human history.)

The Call to Action links are being compiled as we speak and that post will go up, in all of its gushy/ranty goodness SOON. I promise.

3) That 'Loneliness of the Long-Distance Mommy' post that I wrote the other week? Devra and Aviva over at Parentopia have deconstructed it and de-guiltified it and their work is awesome, not least because they turned my appropriation of Liz's term Competi-Mommy into the term Emanci-Mommy. Genius.

4) That's it, for now. What, you're not tired of my screeching, whorish voice yet? How about a little WonderBaby/INEBG Dancers action to take the edge off?


... to get ahead in life...

... you gotta step on a little frog.


So, um... everyone is all, oh, poor Kermie (and even one cheery I'd rather Fozzie took the foot to the head!), but has no-one noticed that the baby is using Kermie's head to leverage herself up to the second shelf of our bookshelf unit, the better to pull herself up to the third shelf and turn on the television?

Or is this normal baby behaviour, and I just missed that chapter in What to Expect in the First Year?

Things she didn't learn at play group, #837: WonderBaby demonstrates how to break out of one's own house through the living room window...


Blogger nonlineargirl said...

Oh poor frog. Please remind him that you always step on the ones you love.

12:49 AM  
Blogger Cristina said...

Ah, how I love those froggy pictures!

If you still have room for one more link, here is my call to action post. Thanks, HBM!

3:49 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

I did my call to action post too!


7:07 AM  
Blogger karengreeners said...

Um, do you mind that the thing that excites me the most about this post is the photographic suggestion that your house is as messy as mine? (at least until the baby goes to sleep)

Great pics, and thanks for the links.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Piggy would be so pissed off.

8:26 AM  
Blogger moplans said...

Wonderbaby always says it best.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Raquita said...

Dude he is so doing a raindance on Kermit!! That totally ROCKS!!!! Totally!!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Penelope, I can pretty much guarantee you that my house is MESSIER than yours. And it stays that way after the baby goes to sleep.

Queue - Hello! WonderBaby, although sparse of hair and given to wearing brown pants and stripes a la Charlie Brown, is a she. But she'll take the kudos either way.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Radioactive Tori said...

You have such an adorable baby. Sadly, I think *my* house is messier than yours, but I do have 4 kids so maybe that's ok?

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, that last picture? WonderBaby looks like she was CLONED from you. Spitting image. So beautiful.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those EYES.

Will do the assigned reading later today when I have no other distractions besides a filthy house and the siren songs of the Ethan Allen and Calico Corners websites.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the look on WonderBaby's face! A little guilty but oh so proud!! Those big blue eyes must be very hard to say no to.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Redneck Mommy said...

Wonderbaby has a tuft of hair! Amazing!

Although, I've always liked Kermit. I rather thought Fozzy bear was the one who could use a good stepping on.

Thanks for the reading material. My librarian is not going to be pleased. She would much rather see me read a book than a screen. I keep telling her you are so much more interesting. Perhaps I will have to introduce her to Wonderbaby, the Kermit Killing Kid.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Too damn cute! Gotta love that smirk.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Will show my guy the photos of his fiesty young girlfriend when he gets home tonight ... he'll be giggling for sure.

Just read your SheBytches post. Here Here. Can you hear me accross town cheering you on?!? I am.

And um...herbadmother.com ... very cool - looking forward to following it. Smart smart smart.

S :)

11:36 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I read this originally through Bloglines without pictures and thought I was missing something with the frog reference. Is there some saying I'm not aware of? Is she insulting the French? Why?

Now I see!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

"Back the fuck off of Gloria!"

You know, that description of your sardonic smoking, DM wearing self--that was me too. (only platforms and hotpants). A "post" feminist who took pleasure in desconstructing "essentialism" and "privileged feminist discourse" and touted my identity politics left right and center. It was all about who could speak, and who could not speak for women.

While I still think we need to examine who gets to speak, and scrutinize claims made for "all women," if all we do is examine our "theoretical bases" we end up paralyzed. Activism means taking a stand, making claims, fighting.

So yes, I too shamefacedly reclaim Steinem and all those other "aging feminists (ouch!)"

This does not have to be about exclusion. Right now it's about making the conversation relevant on a wider scene again.

2:20 PM  
Blogger moplans said...

I just had to come back and say I loooved the SheBytches post. I agree that where you are with your discussion of issues of privilege changes with your life situation. I am still offended at the insinuation that you have not or do not think about this. It is absurd to me that someone doing a Phd in political science would not. Of course your response is far more eloqent than mine. I just want to cut right to "back the fuck off..." which is why I have been unable to write anything at urbanmoms. I feel bad about that.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

The Cuba line just made me laugh - nay, GUFFAW - better than any other line regarding this whole discussion. That should pretty much end it, no?

Off to the bytch site

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am just scouting around all the stuff you wrote about lately.. (Sorry, I am a little late to the party)...from advertising to feminist talk with Gloria Steinem...wow! Alot to focus on.
Luv the pics of Wonderbaby :)

5:29 PM  
Blogger The Domesticator said...

Sorry, that was me "anonymous" above..don't know how that happened!

5:31 PM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Love what you wrote at SheBytches.

The new site is looking good!

You're gonna have your hands full with WonderBaby...you already do.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yeah. I don't get it either. I mean, ads on my site automatically makes me an outcast? Do I no longer have anything good to say, because my sidebar changed?

Eh. F' em all.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh. And very jealous I didn't get a Greenstone invite. I mean...I did radio for a dozen years. Put in a good word for me, would ya? I think I'm still low on the traffic counters, so I don't get many emails...

sniff sniff sniff

6:52 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

"Shameless Whoring Files" okay woman, you crack me up. Whore away, I say!

Um, how cute is WB in that outfit? She's like a bad ass rugby star kicking Kerm's butt.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Okay, has no-one noticed that WonderBaby is CLIMBING THE BOOKSHELVES in those photos? That she is TWO SHELVES UP?

Or is this normal for babies? Do all babies use their frogs to get a leg up and scale bookshelves to turn on televisions?

Did I miss something in that What To Expect in the First Year book?

9:13 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

It's not easy being green. They don't call her WonderBaby for nuthin'.

10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She will use stacked boxes or opened drawers next. Just you watch. Are your shelves screwed into the wall with the little safety thingys? You'll want those.
Just wait till she figures out she can shove one thing over to another to use it for a stool. It's all over but the yellin.

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just preparing her for corporate America, my friend...

10:39 PM  
Blogger Mayberry said...

Yes. The toddlers, they climb. At 15 months, I caught my son standing triumphantly atop the kitchen table. I don't know why that's not in the book.

11:05 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

oh god you are in some trouble, woman...

Pumpkinpie experimented with this some, but once she conquered stuff and there wasn't much exciting stuff to find up there, she kind of stopped bothering - most of the time. You can hope!

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy shit a brick Cath.

People are giving you crap because Ms. Steinem is WHITE? And RICH?

WTF? Who the hell DOESN'T want to be rich?

Point them my way and I'll call bullshit on them. Money doesn't solve everything, but it sure does make choices easier.

And she's white? So WHAT?

Let's hear some actual discussion on that topic. Let's see who actually has the cojones to criticize Ms. Steinem on the basis of her ethnicity.

(Yeah, finally got around to the assigned reading.)

11:32 PM  
Blogger IzzyMom said...

Oy! I have lots of catching up to do around here. And the links! I'll never be able to read them all!

Sooo...I'm just going to skip to the very most important niblet of news I read this go 'round and that is Ms. Wonderbaby's walking!

Yahooo for WB!

May her newfound mode of upright transport not morph into crazy mad furniture scaling skillz anytime soon because, I swear to God, it ages you prematurely.

Props on all the good stuff that's happening and high fives for finding the fricken time to blog about all of it. Don't know HOW you do it!


12:22 AM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Break free, WonderBaby! Although I'm sure she doesn't realize that the nice pampered life she leads wouldn't last long if she really made it out the window.

We're taking Q to a baby "gymnastics" class now so that he can get out his climbing urges somewhere padded. I'm not sure it was a good idea. Now he gets to practice his skills and then come home to tackle more challenging terrain.

Thanks for the excellent rants and links.

12:51 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

your daughter is a genius, but more to the point, she's a wily one. better keep on eye (or several; maybe borrow Kermit's, 'cause they're rolly) on that girl.

and when I say, keep an eye on that girl, I mean that in the future sense. as in, I have a feeling she's going places. not some sad-sack advice to be sure to watch your child closely as she mounts all the furniture in your house. I don't believe in advice.

the end. :p

12:54 AM  
Blogger Girl con Queso said...

I love the shameless whoring. Great reads.

1:44 AM  
Blogger Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Do you think you could bring Wonderbaby over here to step all over Elmo? That little red monster is driving me crazy.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Bea said...

He he. I was too distracted by wondering if that nice shirt came from Old Navy to realize what she was actually DOING. And now that I've taken a second look - I think you and I have the same surround-sound receiver.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go WonderBaby GO! hehe! I adore the climbing and adventurous spirit!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

We have a CLIMBER!!!!

12:36 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

The violence and cruelty of small children to their play things never ceases to amaze me. My littlest is positively homicidal.

Ever watched kids with a pinata? Totally Lord of the Flies.
Poor Kermit.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my goodness HBM. Just when I think you've outdone yourself you go and pull another blog out of your bag of tricks. You are a blogging goddess force to be reckoned with. Well done!

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally normal. At that age Hailey was climbing onto the speakers in order to open and close the DVD player...repeatedly.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Redneck Mommy said...

I didn't say I'd rather see Fozzie take one to the head. I said he needed a good stepping on. Jeez. You make me sound well, like a redneck.

As for climbing, did I not tell you about the time my 16 month old daughter went missing. I searched the whole house for her. Guess where I found her.

On TOP of the refrigerator. With her hand (literally) in the cookie jar. Fun times, Catherine, fun times.

That story had a good ending. I won't tell you about the one where my son climbed up the dresser, fell down and got six stitches and a broken collar bone. At 18 months...

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smart little one you have there. LOL Just wait untill she's 16 and she's climbing out her bedroom window. LOL

12:15 AM  
Blogger Creative-Type Dad said...

Kermit makes an appearance, again. I love it!

1:26 AM  

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