This is an open letter to Diane Debrovner, Senior Editor of Parents magazine:
Yesterday, on CBS News, you said that stars having kids out of wedlock makes it seem glamorous.
“I think,” you told Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen yesterday, “because of our media obsession with celebrities and their every move… they set the bar at what is sort of socially acceptable and fashionable in many ways.”
First of all, everything that stars do seems glamorous, from grocery shopping to losing weight. Sure, single mom celebrities might take away some of the stigma, but your average single mom does not go around thinking, “I want to raise a kid on my own because Madonna did.”
Do you really think we’re that naive?
If your point was to further stigmatize single moms, you’ve done it. Millions of us are raising our children alone — and doing a darn good job at it. Was it really necessary to put us down on CBS News?
Your interview opened the door for society to further bash single moms. Like the guy who commented on the CBS site yesterday: “What a terrible thing to raise a child without a father. Society should make it clear that children need fathers not just mothers.”
What do you have to say?
Hey mamas: Are you floored (as I am) that Diane used the words “out of wedlock” on national T.V.? Who even says ‘out of wedlock’ anymore?
Single moms, here’s your chance to ask Diane to correct herself. Right here.
Photo of Jessica Alba from PRphotos.com. Jessica’s baby bump –she’s pregnant and not married — is what sparked the news story.
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