'WSJ' Article Sparks Mom Blogger Outrage

MinibarMaking the rounds on Facebook today is a totally asinine article from the Wall Street Journal, called 'The Mommy Business Trip.'

In it, writer Katherine Rosman manages to reduce popular women's blogging, lifestyle and crafting conferences to a way for stay-at-home moms to party without their husbands or kids-- and by "party," I mean, sleep late, dance, tweet, and most importantly, raid the minibar.

In case you're having trouble visualizing such debauchery, the WSJ helpfully provided a graphic, with drawings of these so-called moms, all of whom appear to be visiting our planet from the year 1983.

The online version also includes a video interview with Rosman, who can barely conceal her eyerolls as she describes some of the most popular conferences, including Mom 2.0, which is taking place next week (and where our own Tracy Odell is speaking).

Predictably, bloggers are going public with their fury. See what they have to say after the jump.


Katherine Stone, author of the blog Postpartum Progress, was featured in the story, and admitted after reading the article that she had been wanting to crawl under a rock all day. On her blog on Babble.com, she wrote this in response to the WSJ article:

I apologize to all the women who feel minimized and condescended to by the piece, in particular the graphics that accompany it. I know we all don’t lay around in our hotel rooms on the ground gorging ourselves on crap. In fact I’ve racked my brain to think if I’ve ever laid on the floor of a hotel room for any reason, and I can’t come up with a single instance.

Agency executive Marcy Massura shared in the comments an e-mail she wrote to Rosman, detailing the many ways the article offended her. Some of my favorites:

-Do not call me ‘Mommy’ unless I made you.

-Can we talk about the 'Daddy Business Trip'? You know WHERE THEY DO THE EXACT SAME THINGS like dining out, drinking with colleagues and ACTUALLY GETTING WORK DONE.

-This article CLEARLY demonstrates how LITTLE WSJ thinks of mothers, our role in society, our value as entrepreneurs and our INTELLIGENCE.

Adrianna from Military Money Chica wrote:

Thanks for portraying my profession as a bunch of opportunistic, burnt-out-moms who have to dress a vacation in business casual to get out of doing the laundry.

As a "mommy" who has attended multiple blogging conferences, I have to admit that the WSJ article made my blood boil. I always return from blogging conferences with valuable new social connections and practical information about the business of blogging-- information I rely on for my career. I also get to spend time with other bloggers who've become close friends over the years. These are women who have similar professions and understand my life in a way that most of my friends at home just can't. I don't see how mom blogging conferences are different from any other business conference- We get new information, make connections, catch up with colleagues, and have a lot of fun while we do it. There's no need to apologize for that.

As for the incredibly condescending graphic, I'd like to state for the record that I have NEVER slept in at a conference (if anything, I typically have to spend the next few days after a conference catching up from a lack of sleep) and I've certainly never laid on the floor of a hotel room, gorging myself on the minibar. As Isabel Kallman pointed out in the comments of Katherine Stone's post, "Moms know that hotel carpets are gross."

I do hope that Katherine Rosman address the flood of complaints in a future story. I don't have high hopes for that, though.

What about you?


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