Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Amy Glass is Not Well

     If  you have not yet heard of the infamous, previously unknown, Amy Glass, take a deep breath and brace yourself.  Her recent blog postI Look Down On Young Women With Husbands And Kids And I’m Not Sorry,” proved that a little venom can go a long way.

It appeared on the Brooklyn-based Thought Catalog blog a couple weeks ago and promptly cluttered the Internet with buzz.  It even snagged the attention of a few cable news programs.  Her point was to disparaged marriage and motherhood. 

          Amy (not the Amy “Louise” Glass of the Calgary Herald, who cannot find the bottom of her mail pile now) is quite content with the uproar she caused.  Here is a quote from her follow-up post:  “If we were convinced that motherhood and being a wife was a freely made goal that did not in any way encumber women, my post wouldn’t have over 200k social shares, I wouldn’t have received hundreds of emails in the span of a few days…”

Public Exposure of Insecuritiy
 If Amy was secure, she would not mock women who choose differently. Why did she highlight her nasty post with the picture of a crazed-buffoonish looking woman with her head in a pot?  Hmm, doth the lady protest too much?
Picture used for Amy's post.

There are people who lift others up and those who drag them down. Amy is down. She thinks the way to feel better is to drag others down with her so she can step over them. Amy has garnered attention, but the poor woman is not well.
Consider some of her words.  Every time I hear someone say that feminism is about validating every choice a woman makes I have to fight back vomit.”  She gets physically sick with hatred.
“Do people really think that a stay at home mom is really on equal footing with a woman who works and takes care of herself? …It’s hard for me to believe it’s not just verbally placating these people so they don’t get in trouble with the mommy bloggers.”  Why does it disturb Amy to think she’s on equal footing with married women and mothers? She has a pathological need to feel superior.
“We have baby showers and wedding parties as if it’s a huge accomplishment and cause for celebration to be able to get knocked up or find someone to walk down the aisle with. These aren’t accomplishments, they are actually super easy tasks, literally anyone can do them.”  My guess is that Amy cannot; at least not in a real emotional way.  Her anger is simply jealousy.
“They are the most common things, ever, in the history of the world.”  They are also the most important things in the world. There would be no Amy without at least one of them. Good marriages and good mothers require work, heroism, love, and patience.
 Living for Others is not “Nothing”
           “If women can do anything, why are we still content with applauding them for doing nothing?” No one in her right mind thinks marriage and parenthood is doing nothing.  Amy is not well.
“I want to have a shower for a woman when she backpacks on her own through Asia, gets a promotion, or lands a dream job not when she stays inside the box and does the house and kids thing which is the path of least resistance.”
Serving others with love and humility, thinking outside yourself--if not outside the box-- is not the path of least resistance.  And if you want to give showers for worldly accomplishments, get busy. Very busy.  But that misses the point of a shower. It is to support a woman as she embarks on a journey with someone beside just herself.
“You will never have the time, energy, freedom or mobility to be exceptional if you have a husband and kids.”  Amy’s definition of exceptional demands selfishness; any sacrifice holds me, me, me, back.
“…Women secretly like to talk about how hard managing a household is so they don’t have to explain their lack of real accomplishments.”  Amy does not understand the camaraderie of motherhood so she ridicules it.  Nor does she recognize "real accomplishments." 
“Doing laundry will never be as important as being a doctor or an engineer or building a business. This word play is holding us back.”   Whatever work God has given us to do, is of supreme value—more important than anything else we could possibly be doing.  Amy feels the need to insult those she deems beneath her. In reality, the only people being held back are ones who think like her.  She lives in a very small world where the God of personal accomplishment rules.

  Amy, God loves you and so do we, despite your irritating post.  We will pray for you too…right after this next load of laundry. 
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