Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Matt Walsh’s “Stay at Home Mom” and Maria Kang’s “What’s Your Excuse” Offend

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of hearing about people getting offended.

We get offended ALL THE TIME! It’s almost like we enjoy it.

Take Matt Walsh, the guy who wrote that “Open Letter to Robin Thicke” letter. He struck again last week by defending his wife’s decision to be a stay at home mom. Tired of the “subversively condescending” comments and questions he gets about his wife from working moms, he typed out a new piece of controversy, “You’re a stay-at-home mom? What do you DO all day?

“It’s true – being a mom isn’t a job,’” he writes. “A job is something you do for a part of the day and then stop doing. Whatever your job is – you are expendable… Am I being harsh? No, I’m being someone who has a job. I’m being real.”

That realness offended people.

Critics claim that, by defending his stay-at-home-mom of a wife, he was attacking working moms. Leslie Morgan Steiner, editor of “Mommy Wars,” even said “it’s none of Matt Walsh’s business what other moms think. I am not even sure it is his business what his own wife thinks… We all… need to butt out of mom’s personal decisions about how to raise their kids.”

Sorry, but did she just say Matt Walsh can’t know his wife’s opinions? That they’re supposed to live mentally and emotionally autonomous lives? That’s downright idiotic.

And getting offended at stay at home moms is equally stupid. Get over yourselves, people!

But wait, there’s more…

California business entrepreneur Maria Kang is taking heat for promoting her fitness-geared website, www.mariakang.com. Why? Because she posed with her three little boys, wearing a skanky push-up sports bra and low-riding boyshorts with the caption, “What’s Your Excuse?

For not being a skank? I have better self-esteem than that. Thanks for asking, Maria Kang!

Unfortunately, there are a lot of other women out there who can’t say the same. They’re not focusing on the fact that Kang is worried way too much about having a toned tummy, slim thighs and muscular arms. Nope, they’re outraged by the question she’s asking.

Admittedly, it is a bit presumptuous asking moms – stay at home or otherwise – why they don’t look like college co-ed bodies anymore. But people seem to be taking offense more at the fact that she’s trim than anything else. Kang is calling out their insecurities by flaunting her own. (Secure women don’t shove their boobs in your face while straddling their toddlers. Just saying.)

In both Matt Walsh and Maria Kang’s case, people are getting offended because they’re not happy with their own lives. In which case, no amount of outrage is going to change a thing.

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