Blogging and the rise of the guilty mother

It didn’t begin with blogging. Since Cain slew Abel, I’m sure every mother has blamed herself for the bad choices her children make.

It’s just that with blogging, the guilt has gone public. When the world was a small place, as big as the neighborhood block, you had only to compare yourself to your immediate circle of women and mothers.

With the rise of television, you had a new cast of characters to help you feel inadequate. They walked around in high heels, ensconced in frilly aprons. June Cleaver’s lipstick never faded. When her son came with his troubles, she bent down and delivered a beautifully crafted response.
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