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Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

This time the bargain bin really panned out. I picked this up on a whim, after the juxtaposition of motherhood and anxiety caught my eye.

I spend more than my fair share of time on the internet, and one of the things that I like to read about is motherhood. I read blogs and message boards like mothering.com. I want to learn about the real deal, the raw and unadulterated account of the realities of motherhood. From my years of very informal research, I’ve learned that one must sacrifice many of the pleasures in life for the sake of the children. Don’t expect any more nice vacations or meals out. Don’t expect time to yourself- not to sleep, read, go to the gym, or simply veg. Certainly don’t expect your husband to help out. The only pleasure you will find in life will be through your children. The woman’s identity fades into the background. Her career, her marriage, her sense of self all suffer when she buys into the culture of sacrificing self for the sake of the children. Continue reading

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July 3, 2007 Posted by | alternatives, anxiety, books, culture, introspection, motherhood | 1 Comment

Eloquence where you wouldn’t expect it

Awhile ago I stumbled upon a GQ article about a guy who travelled to a large Christian rock music festival to see what all the fuss was about. I’ve heard of these festivals before, they’re kind of a Christian version of Woodstock. Hoards of kids converge in a rural location to hang out and listen to music. Sounds like it could be fun, and an interesting enough phenomena that someone should cover it, right?

Enter John Jeremiah Sullivan. His article, cleverly entitled “Upon This Rock“, starts the way you’d expect. It’s self-deprecating and tongue in cheek as the author describes his experience road tripping by himself in a 29-foot RV. The first half of the article continues as a fun story with witty observations about a religious culture that many people are ignorant of. Continue reading

April 19, 2007 Posted by | christianity, culture, philosophy, religion, theology | Comments Off on Eloquence where you wouldn’t expect it