This is the first post in a series of posts I am writing about the book I am currently reading…
My high school English teacher used to call taking notes in the margin of a book being an “active reader.” Well, as you can see from this photo, I am a very active reader…
Before I delve into this book, its message and how I am receiving it (Not well. Not well at all.) I wanted to share with you the winner of my new award, created because of this book….
“Dumbest Thing I Have Read In A Book In A Really Long Time Award”
First a teeny bit of background.
Who said the quote: Rob Dugger
Who is Rob Dugger: (From p. 111 of The New Feminist Agenda) He is business man and “a passionate proponent of investing in early childhood. He is cofounder of the Partnership for America’s Economic Success and chairman of the Partnership’s Invest in Kids Working Group and founder and managing partner of Hanover Investment Group, among other things.”
Why is he included in this book: Dear god I do not know why.
Now, I am pulling the quote out of context here but I will get to him, the book, the platform, beginning in the next post, but today, well, I just had to pick on this quote. I just couldn’t resist. I know it is low-hanging fruit but I just had to pick on it.
I am so tired of arrogant, ignorant, condescending schmucks. I really, really am.
The award-winning quote: (From pages 112-113)
“Dugger believes solving our problems (supporting children) begins with prenatal care, at the state level. “A lot of disadvantaged women and middle-class moms just got out of high school and college and they don’t know how to deal with pregnancy and their mothers are living halfway across the United States in a retirement home in Arizona. Who is going to show these gals how to take care of themselves?”
OH. MY. GOD.
Like a slow-motion replay, let’s break down this gem of a quote.
#1 Overall, just totally condescending and stupid. Totally.
#2 “A lot of disadvantaged women and middle-class moms just got out of high school and college and they don’t know how to deal with pregnancy…”
And what, they don’t know how to learn about pregnancy???
Thanks for all the credit there, dude.
p.s. This, cut and pasted from Wikipedia…
What to Expect When You’re Expecting is a pregnancy guide, now in its fourth edition, written by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel and published by Workman Publishing. Originally published in 1984, the book consistently tops The New York TimesBest Seller list in the paperback advice category, is one of USA Today’s ”25 Most Influential Books” of the past 25 yearsand has been described as “the bible of American pregnancy”. As of 2008, over 14.5 million copies were in print.According to USA Today, 93 percent of all expectant mothers who read a pregnancy guide read What to Expect When You’re Expecting. In 2012, What to Expect When You’re Expecting was adapted into a film released by Lionsgate.
How’s that for women learning how to “deal with” pregnancy?
#3″ … and their mothers are living halfway across the United States in a retirement home…”
Let’s, for a moment, assume a woman just out of high school is 18, and a woman just out of college is 22… Uhm, dude, my readers are better at math than you are so I am going no farther with this point.
#4 “…in Arizona.” Saying anything about this would be like stealing rhetorical candy from a baby.
#5a “Who is going to show these gals how to take care of themselves?”
Gals. GALS! Try WOMEN, asshole!
#5b These women have THEMSELVES, obstetricians, books, friends, and telephones that can reach their mothers in those retirement homes all the way in Arizona.
Good grief. What on earth compelled Ms. Kunin, who I hope, at least for the citizens of Vermont, whose governor she once was, has at least part of a brain, to use this man to support her argument for early childhood education? Moreover, why did her editor keep this statement in the book? So I could create my Dumbest Thing I Have Read Award? As I read this, and I’m an advocate for early childhood education, I was all like, well, laughing at their asshattery.
And they make money producing and promoting this and I made nothing while I was at home seeing to my children’s early childhood education.
I am shaking my head.
And I have to speak out.
There is more to follow.
Believe me, there will be more.
Charlotte isn’t being quiet anymore.