“Celebrities are the perfect vehicle because they are working women, but also very much shaped by feminist stereotypes,” she explained. Drawing from the work of Susan Douglas and Meredith Michaels and their book “The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined All Women,” she explained that unlike the rest of us, celebrities can achieve superwomen status, they can look great and work hard and be good moms who cook excellent chicken. Of course, the large network of people they rely upon to achieve such feats are often scrubbed from their public image and all we are all left with are “poster figures for this post-feminist ideology, a perfect antidote to the masculinized working women” that are so commonplace.
As a recent Mom without family nearby, I agree with this article. There is absolutely no way to be successful at work and as a Mom without a full team. I had visions of a cottage industry, an etsy shop or part time work, but even those modest goals are unattainable without generous informal support. This is probably why my politics have become more strident, which I know rubs some people the wrong way.