Learned Thanklessness

“With each year that passes since Bethany Mandel wrote that “Modern Motherhood has a Major PR Problem,” the truth of the claim becomes clearer. Earlier this month, the United Kingdom was meant to celebrate Mother’s Day. While flowers were quietly distributed to the women of TERF island by those who retain some sense of honor about the thing, the online world exploded with commentary from professional chatterboxes about just how horrible motherhood really is.

Dr. Jessica Taylor, a British psychologist and author, wrote a thread with the purpose of ‘acknowledg[ing] how many women actually regret and resent motherhood.’ She goes on: ‘When they had children, they certainly didn’t plan on becoming everyone’s live-in slave, cook, cleaner, secretary, referee, alarm clock, laundrette, shopper, counsellor, nurse, and emotional punch bag.’”