10 Most Cringe-Worthy Quotes About Moms in 2012

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ann romneyVictories at the polls proved that 2012 was an amazing year for all women. But that's not to say there weren't also discouraging moments in the headlines along the way. Moments that could easily make you worry that we as women and as moms haven't made as much progress as we'd like to think we have.

From Ann Romney's remarks about working moms to totally OMG statements about how "selfish" all moms are, here are the most cringe-worthy, disparaging, all-around worst "mommy war" quotes about moms from the past year ... 

  1. Hilary Rosen's remark that SAHM Ann Romney, who raised five sons, "never worked a day in her life" was a doozy that set off one helluva firestorm back in April!
  2. But let's not forget some of the asinine, polarizing quotes that came out of Mrs. Romney's mouth on the campaign trail, like this gem: "I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us." Uh, whaaaa?
  3. Former parenting magazine editor Lauren Passell recently wrote, "Moms are actually the most selfish people in the universe." As someone who zero parenting experience and is confesses to be "no fan of children," she should totally know, right?
  4. We were shocked and dismayed to learn last month that a breastfeeding teacher's manager allegedly told her to "train her breasts not to make milk," and that she was given a poor evaluation because of her fight for her rights, then urged to resign from her teaching position. Ugh.
  5. Rupert Everett should get a black mark from us all for criticizing gay moms and dads by saying, "There's nothing worse than gay parents."
  6. In an attempt to get a guest on his show to reiterate her opinion, Anderson Cooper incited ire by asking: "You're saying that stay-at-home moms are lazy?!" Eep!
  7. Michelle Bachmann, undoubtedly one of the nutballiest politicians on the scene in early 2012, had to go and piss us off with this doozy: "One thing I know is when women are home full-time they have a better pulse on the economy than probably their husband has."
  8. On their controversial attachment parenting cover that ran in May, Time Magazine had to go and ask us all the uber-loaded question, "Are You MOM ENOUGH?" Cue the crazed parent vs. parent chaos that went on for at least two weeks following!
  9. Writer Elizabeth Wurtzel wrote a piece in TheAtlantic back in June claiming, "1% Wives Are Helping Kill Feminism and Make the War on Women Possible." Uh, no?!
  10. Single moms were right to be appalled by Mitt Romney when, in the second presidential debate, somehow linked them to gun violence by saying, "But let me mention another thing, and that is parents. We need moms and dads helping raise kids. Wherever possible, the – the benefit of having two parents in the home." Oookay!

What was the worst quote about moms you heard all year?

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Doomy234 Doomy234

Probably the one where Ann Romney was accused of "using her miscarriage" as a way to get sympathy votes. Why is that one not on here?

B1Bomber B1Bomber

Whenever possible, kids DO need moms and dads. Single moms may have been offended, but it's the truth...kids raised in two parent households statistically have a better shot at everything good in life.

joyfu... joyfullem

I do not find all of those insulting or even untrue... There were many worse quotes from the year

nonmember avatar Alex B

Ann Romney is not a SAHM. She's a rich woman that pays nannies to watch her kids, maids to clean her house, and has a cooking staff to prepare food for the family.

Lisa Schneider

I actually approve of #10.

llong... llong8879

What is so insulting about 7 and 10? I agree with Michelle Bachmann, since in my case it's 100% true. Even if it's not true in some cases, why is it so offensive? Mitt Romney is correct in saying that parents need to raise their kids; he was speaking to both mothers and fathers. Especially as a previously single mother, I saw and understood how important it is to have both parents involved. I just don't see how this is so offensive.

Nellie Athome

I nominate /kristen Simena who said :  

"These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they're choosing to live that life. That's bullshit. I mean, what the fuck are we really talking about here?"

Shlamoof Shlamoof

Some of those I didn't find offensive at all, I'm not sure why they were even in there.  But the first one is ridiculous and I used to get it all the time... from my own husband.  SAHM's lose their sanity every day doing that job that no one seems to deem worthy of the title "work".  It most certainly is work, and it is very exhausting.  The only difference is that a SAHM has no vacation, sick days or payroll and the hours are damn long EVERY day.  Anyone who doesn't see it as work, though very rewarding and sometimes very fun, has either never done it or never did it fully.  I get lots of help and support and some days I feel like I am drowning!

Krissy M Allen

Why is it that everyone seems to look down on single moms?  Like we're defective or incapable of raising a bright, well adjusted child?  I've been single for thirteen years of my fifteen year old son's life, and he's an intelligent, kind, loving young man.  He gets decent grades...not as good as he could get all the time, but he's a teenager...He's lettered in two sports.  Doesn't drink.  Doesn't smoke.  Doesn't do drugs.  Is open and honest with me about his sexual experience...or lack thereof.  His father (who I was married to) chose to leave US.  I work to support my son and have always done all I could to be there for him.  But lately, I've felt like I'm being attacked because I didn't want to just bring just any male into my home simply so my kid could have two parents.  I refuse to be relegated to a second hand citizen simply because I won't get married.

storm... stormystar15

While I agree with number 10 it's highly offensive to single moms because it's not OUR fault the children's father doesn't want to be there and just because we don't want to bring just any dude around to play daddy doesn't mean we're wrong for it. I've been a single mom for 2 yrs and my oldest (6) is a better child now that I'm not with his father than when I was. How many kids have you seen that ARE from 2 parent homes and doing drugs, having sex, failing school and a list of others a lot but no its just the single moms who "fuck up" there kids *insert eye roll*

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