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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 | Categories: Debates, Q Blog, Special Guests |
Well, there have been many battles in the so-called mommy wars -- cloth versus disposable, to vaccinate or not, and, of course, the great Gisele Bundchen breastfeeding debate. Author Erica Jong waded into the field of battle earlier this month, and was roundly attacked in comments and blog posts for the opinions she offered on the popular parenting style called "attachment parenting."
Jian spoke to Erica Jong about the essay ... and the outrage. And then we heard from Salon.com contributor Taffy Brodesser-Akner who took note of the vitriolic comments and asked why it is that any parenting debate seems to get so heated so fast. She says these conversations are too hostile to be productive, suggests that the hostility comes from parents' own insecurities.
What do you think? Do you agree that there is a 'culture of hostility' around parenting discussions? Have you been a casualty of the so-called "mommy wars"? Or it this all just good, healthy debate over tough issues?
And by the way Erica Jong's daughter, the writer Molly Jong-Fast, wrote an accompanying essay to her mother's -- with her differing thoughts on the subject, which can be found here.