Today in Mom News: French Writer Says Motherhood Is Oppressive

This one is sure to provoke some interesting conversation: The Times of London has an interview with French author Elisabeth Badinter, who argues in a new book that “women have thrown off the shackles of male domination only to impose a far more pernicious tyranny on themselves—that of their own children.” Intense! Badinter believes that women put their children first, to the detriment of their own lives. She also says that mothers feel too much guilt about everything, and should “Give the baby a bottle and have a drink and a smoke, too, if it takes your fancy.” What do you all think about Badinter’s philosophy?

Today in Mom News: Does Motherhood Affect Memory?

We’re going to try something new here at Postcards–every day or so we’re going to throw in a piece of mom-related news just to keep things interesting and provoke discussion. Today, via Lisa Belkin’s Motherlode blog at the New York Times, does motherhood affect…wait what was I typing? Oh yes! Memory! This common malady is also known as “baby brain” or “mumnesia,” but a new study shows that moms are just as forgetful as non-moms. The only time cognitive function declines for women is in very late pregnancy. For the moms: Did you find that you were more forgetful while you were preggo? For the daughters: did your moms forget everything they didn’t write down? [New York Times]

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