Happy Mother’s Day to All the Moms Out There, Including An Icon I Love

It’s been a good Mother’s Day here. Very little work got done (by me, that is — the husband and kids cleaned up the gameroom in excellent fashion), but since I spent all of yesterday doing the author-in-public thing at a book festival (which was really, really good, by the way), I will not lament the fact that I spent much of the morning napping instead of editing and much of the afternoon hanging out with the extended family instead of folding laundry or posting pictures on Facebook of the excellent food other people prepared for me.

I did read a fabulous post by sj over at Insatiable Booksluts that I must share with you, though, because it’s about one of my all-time favorite heroines, Morticia Addams.

Enjoy. And if you love Morticia, leave a note here in the comments about why. I’d love to gush over her with you. You can even do this before you click on over to sj’s post.



Morticia Addams is a Goddamn Paragon of Feminist Motherhood

I’m raising my glass to Morticia Addams, the woman who taught me everything I need to know to be the best mom and wife I can be.

(Click here or on the title above to read the rest of this awesome post.)



4 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day to All the Moms Out There, Including An Icon I Love

  1. essjay

    I am so happy that you liked it! As I mentioned in the comments over there, I thought it was SO COOL that even her earliest incarnations she was this amazingly feminist badass. I can’t even imagine how completely subversive they must have seemed in the ’30s and ’40s.

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    1. I know, that detail is so great. I wonder if her being subversive but acceptable because she’s so Other is anything like the original (written) fairy tales. Jack Zipes posited (and probably other scholars before him) that the fairy tales were able to have female characters with agency and power because they were fairy godmothers, otherworldly creatures, etc., and thus the Church didn’t lose their shit over them because they weren’t and couldn’t be real. No need to set a women on fire if she’s not actually a human and all.


      1. essjay

        I am almost positive that’s what it was…and thinking about it a little further, that’s probably what attracted me to faerie tales as a child (and I still love them so much).

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