Ann Romney wrote an Op/Ed for Mother’s Day. Here’s the last part:
Crown of glory
Cherish your mothers. The ones who wiped your tears, who were at every ball game or ballet recital. The ones who believed in you, even when nobody else did, even when maybe you didn’t believe in yourself.
Women wear many hats in their lives. Daughter, sister, student, breadwinner. But no matter where we are or what we’re doing, one hat that moms never take off is the crown of motherhood.
There is no crown more glorious.
Read the whole thing. It’s a fairly typical Mother’s Day editorial praising moms. Completely harmless and inoffensive. At least I thought so.
Here’s what femanist author Michelle Goldberg had to say about it:
“I wonder: I mean, it can’t only be me that maybe inititally saw Ann Romney as maybe a sympathetic or neutral figure but who is increasingly seeing her as someone who is kind of insufferable because of the way she’s milking this thing. And, you know, in a lot of ways the op-ed was totally anodyne, right? You know, yes, motherhood is beautiful. I find that phrase, “the crown of motherhood” really kind of creepy. Not just because of its, like, somewhat, you know, I mean it’s kind of usually really authoritarian societies that give out, like, the Cross of Motherhood.
“You know, Stalin did it, Hitler did it,” she said.
That’s gotta be the first time a salute to motherhood ever triggered Godwin’s Law.