|Mums + books
||[May. 2nd, 2008|10:43 am]
This might be your mother's feminism
My only knowledge of Zoe Williams comes from my f-list screaming about her, but here I am going to scream on my own (after being pointed in that direction by cigogne):|
They're calling it "mumming down" - a website called Netmums surveyed 6,000 people, and 51.4% said they'd started reading "less taxing" books since they had had a baby. Of course, this is the most outrageous slur on all our intellects, and I wouldn't even dignify it with a mention, were it not for the fact that it is 100% true.
Number 1, I'd guess that many people when faced with a fundamental lifestyle change would read books more suitable termed 'brain candy' or otherwise not terribly taxing. Ask anyone who's moving to another country, in the nitty-gritty part of a divorce, recovering from surgery, or writing up a PhD whether they feel like tackling Dostoevsky today. Heck, when I was writing up I was ripping through the Chalet School books as if there were no tomorrow, and no one accused MY intellect of dribbling out my ears, though allegedly if the PhD had been waking me up every four hours demanding my breast then that would have been the case.
Number 2, note how she treats that statistic as a monolithic thing, without bothering to question whether a one-year follow-up survey would change any of the answers. No, baby = dumb books. And I want to know how that question was originally phrased. AND I want to talk to that other 48.6% and find out if they actually ARE reading Dostoevsky.
Here's the survey on Netmums:
Can anyone figure out how she got that 51.4% statistic out of those numbers?