Erica Jong, feminist author, sex guru and so-called liberal, got everything she wanted in life–without rules. Quite a feat for anyone, much less a woman!
However, in her weekend article in the Wall Street Journal, we discover she harbors resentment toward those women who dare to act like mothers by wanting to be with their children, even if it’s only for the occasional celebrity photo op. She finds the likes of Angelina Jolie and Madonna with their adopted babies to be hypocritical in their portrayals of perfect parenting. Even if Jong “felt guilty about my own imperfect attachment,” why does it matter to her how other women do it?
The answer is: she, like all narcissists and progressives, must reject ideas and people who won’t feed their egos. And as part of the ruling class elites, she’s an expert on everything, even those things of which she has no experiential knowledge. As a result, we could simply ignore her baseless denigrations about “attachment parenting” because of her lack of expertise on the topic, but then we would have to ask why her diatribe ended up in a viable newspaper.
Whether she’s about reprising her own fame, or weighing in on the truth that radical feminism has lost its stranglehold on modern women, Jong does offer us insight into her irritations.
We are in a period of retrenchment against progressive social policies…Indeed, although attachment parenting comes with an exquisite progressive pedigree, it is a perfect tool for the political right. It certainly serves to keep mothers and fathers out of the political process.
In other words, the political right has conspired to repress progressivism and radical feminism by glorifying the natural attributes of motherhood. As my teenage daughter would say, “Uh, yeaaah!”
Jong calls babies “the ultimate political tool.” Does she care about the babies, or is she outraged as she witnesses the right winning the debate set into motion so many years ago by fringe freakish feminists?
Somewhere along her feminist trajectory, Jong found herself with child. Her daughter, Molly Jong-Fast wrote a piggyback piece on the same page as her mother in the WSJ. Candidly, Molly refers to her mother as a “grass smoking hippie” back in the 60’s who along with her grandmother
saw children as “the death of a dream, the death of one’s ambition.
Jong’s daughter survived into adulthood and became the type of mother Jong rejects. But paradoxically Molly attributes her ability to stay at home with her children to the inroads which her mother and other feminists made.
My mother made sacrifices so that I could have choices, and perhaps that makes her a better mother than I will ever be.
Just like a child to resort to hyperbole and wishful thinking.
We mothers who value our children, who understand real joy from parenting, and who have experienced monogamous sex in all its glory wish women like Erica Jong would go gently into the night. Oh, I forgot she’s a so-called liberal; she needs to get into everybody else’s business.
Ann Kane, who also blogs for American Thinker, is co-authoring an upcoming book with her sister on the Left’s inversion of mystical motherhood.