Iowahawk on the Myth of the Supermom

Aid Pours in for Victims of Mommy Madness

I’ve been meaning to weigh in on this issue for quite some time. But Iowahawk basically sums up my position:

“It’s hard to look at the plight of these women and not want to chip in and ‘git ‘er done,'” says Tammi Jo Pearsall, 28.

Pearsall, herself a mother of four and part-time convenience store clerk in Alachua, is widely credited with creating the grassroots relief network that has generated over $4,600 in donations for Upper Westside supermoms desperately seeking meaningful time for self-actualization.


“I work the 4-to-midnight shift, so I get a lot of longhaul truckers,” says Pearsall. “Them are some good boys, and they were real eager to help when I tolt them about how many of them city women were struggling with feelings of disempowerment and a lack of options.”

and especially

“Suffering knows no color,” says Latasha Evans, 26. “When I heard about all the career and time management struggles of these unhappy white women, I knew as a Christian, I had to do my part.”

A mother of two in Harvey, Illinois, Evans persuaded her fellow parishoners at Calvary Zion AME Church to act on behalf of the victims. Evans’ church choir, The Mighty Gospel Wings of Mercy, recently recorded a self-funded album to promote awareness of Affluent Supermom Syndrome. Entitled “Sweet Glory of Self-Esteem,” the CD’s proceeds will go directly to offset victims’ Ballet and Pilates class dues.

And then there’s

The effort has also expanded internationally. From Sudan to Indonesia, thousands of women across the globe have heeded the call for feminist sisterhood and lined up with offers of support and solidarity.

Typical is Ulaam Abdullah, 27, of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Ulaam was so moved by the plight of American Supermom victims that she organized a local charity as soon as she received permission from her husband.

“Here in the kingdom, we women don’t have to worry about juggling career pressures and driver’s licenses and voting, so it’s easy for us to get complacent and spoiled,” she says. “so I guess you could say it was a real wake-up call when I heard how these American women felt so many mixed signals and confusing choices.”


“Sure, it was hard taking a month off from the Waffle House,” says Columbus, GA volunteer Jewel Childress. “But if it means one of these New York mothers will finally have time to take an enrichment class at The New School or start work on her novel, it’ll all be worth it.”


Oh, hell. Just go read the whole thing. (via WoC)