May 12, 2012

I feel betrayed.


Is a betrayal.

I used to read TIME magazine religiously. Loved it. Trusted it.

Sure, I've fallen off the wagon since becoming a mom, which exposed all my feelings and left me no longer desensitized to the bad news in the world.

But I made sure to pick up the occasional copy of my old standby news magazine when something super important happened that I thought I might want to keep a memory of for later in life.

The death of Princess Diana.


The election of our first black President.

Let me be clear, it's not the picture of a mom breastfeeding her older child that's got me.

That doesn't bother me even a little bit.

Well, I can't say I'm all for it (the continued breastfeeding of a preschooler), but I have zero problems seeing breastfeeding.

I mean, I'm a woman, a mom, who breasted both of her babies. To me, it's a perfectly natural thing that the majority of the moms I know have done.

So it's not that.

It's the headline, "Are You Mom Enough?".

Are you kidding me, TIME?

How could you do this to me? How could you betray me like this?

How could you openly, blatantly not only participate in, but also perpetuate, these ridiculous so-called "Mommy Wars"?

Right before Mother's Day too. Oh, but that's just it, isn't it?


Can I trust any news agencies anymore?

My local reporters don't know how to properly gather information before they break a story.

I have felt disconnected with national news shows since Peter Jennings died, and Tom Brokaw and Charlie Gibson retired.

They were my go-to news guys. Especially Peter.

Sure, I like some who have come after, but not the way I trusted those guys.

Everyone knows FOX News is politically biased. Can't watch them.

And now this sensational magazine cover that is meant only to rile American moms and sell copies.

It's such a disappointment.

Don't even get me started on how much we moms don't need this crap thrown in our faces!

You should be ashamed of yourselves.

I no longer trust you.

Guess I'll just have to get my news from Twitter.

For some other great opinions on this matter, check out:
Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms
The Momalog

Do you agree with me? Do you have a different take on this?


  1. I do get most of my news from Twitter :)

  2. When I read that I was like Mom Enough? Really? I gotta breastfeed my kid till he's 5 to be mom enough? Felt like a guilt trip to me who never breastfed..truth is, your kid will not know a better mom - they feel the love from you and that's what they really kids tell me almost on a daily basis that I'm the best mom ever even though I personally think I could be doing a better job..

  3. Love this, Jen. Betrayed is a great way to put it. I mean, Time has been there for the big occasions, yet completely fumbles the everyday stuff. Go figure. Erin

    1. This issue with news sources has become a sore spot with me.

  4. I too had a lifelong love affair with TIME magazine. I grew up reading it. It catalogued every milestone that mattered. I saved copies. But this - I totally agree w. you in this post - "Really, TIME?" I have this creepy feeling that they hired a new photographer and PR team or something and these people decided to try and push the envelope - or something - and to sell more magazines TIME stepped out of its usual box to let these idiots do something as inane as this and in so doing - maybe they sold more mags or got more of us talking about it but in the long run they totally lost my respect and I'll be watching to see how they recover it. PS Thank you so much for linking to my blog Jen. (-:

    1. You can see some of the other photos the photog took here: In my opinion, they are a lot more tame and quite beautiful. Time clearly chose the most contentious image for their cover, but that shouldn't really be a surprise.

  5. I agree -- it's the title that is leaving a bad taste in my mouth. not the breastfeeding preschooler. to each his own on that account. but don't belittle me just before a holiday in MY honour.

  6. Quite honestly, this magazine cover doesn't bother me. I am way more interested in what this magazine says about how our society views parenting choices than what Time is saying to mothers. I understand the hurt and the outrage, I just don't feel it myself.

  7. Hmmm I just remembered that my children receive Time for Kids from school on a regular basis. Uh oh. Perhaps I should look through their folders and see what was on the cover of this month's issue.

  8. I completely agree. This cover is obviously meant to illicit a response, not provide an accurate portrayal of what breastfeeding or attachment parenting is really like. And the question? Ridiculous. It is a ploy to enrage and belittle all mothers, regardless of parenting style. Terrible journalism, Time.