Regretting Motherhood: A Study Book Review

From a young age, women are taught that above all else, we should have children. While being a parent is a joy, it is also a 24/7/365 job that does not let up until the younger generation has left the nest.

Regretting Motherhood: A Study, by Israeli sociologist Orna Donath, was published in 2017.

In the book, Dornath interviews a group of mothers of various ages with children who are also of various ages. While they come from different backgrounds, their commonality comes from being referred to as “Mom”. She explores the complicated feelings that these women have toward their status and their offspring, in addition to the question of if they would do it again if they had a choice.

I found the book to be illuminating. It reveals how complex this issue is and how often our feelings are ignored just for the privilege of larger societal acceptance and conformity. I think it behooves us to listen to the women in our lives, as without them, humanity will cease to exist.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

Regretting Motherhood: A Study is available wherever books are sold.

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The Lies Republicans Tell Themselves: Kevin McCarthy on Jan 6 & MTG on the Stand

We all tell ourselves lies. It is part of human nature. What it comes down to at the end of the day, is the effect the lies have. It is just for ourselves or will they create figurative ripples that also affect others?

Recently, two major figures in the Republican party once again proved that they are cowards, fakes, and liars.

In a leaked tape regarding the riot on January 6th, Kevin McCarthy spoke of his frustration with you know who. Now he claims that the statements on the recording are fake.

Meanwhile, Marjorie Taylor Greene has taken the stand to defend her comments in regard to that day. Voters in her home state of Georgia are looking for legal avenues to prevent her from running again. Her answers to the questions by the prosecutor were largely “I don’t know” or “I don’t recall”.

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It is suspiciously curious that when forced to admit the truth, these people have either selective memories or profess that publicly verified remarks are untrue in one form or another. I know that no one is perfect, but, the reality they live in is not just their own. It has the power to affect the entire country not just in the present, but for decades to come.

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Flashback Friday: Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back (2000)

No one gets through life without a few bumps in the road. The only question is if it holds up back or makes us stronger.

The TV movie biopic, Meat Loaf: To Hell and Back (2000), tells the story of the late singer and actor. Marvin Lee “Meat Loaf” Aday (W. Earl Brown) was born in Texas to a loving mother dying of cancer and a father who was far from parent of the year. As a young man, tormented by his father and peers due to his size and decided to strike out on his own.

Fate would lead him to an audition for a musical where he met future music partner Jim Steinman (Zachary Throne). Together, they would create Bat Out of Hell, which has become one of the best-selling and most respected albums of all time. But while Meat Loaf had incredible career success and a happy family life, his demons were not too far behind him.

As I recall, I enjoyed watching it. It reveals both the highs and the lows in a way that is entertaining without being too heavy, kitschy, or predictable. In telling Meat Loaf’s story, I would hope that members of the audience find the courage to overcome their own demons.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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