In the comments of our still-lively discussion about Sal’s blog entry, Wendy alerted us to this story, about an author named Penelope Trunk who disagrees with the argument of a rival author, Leslie Bennett, about stay-at-home motherhood.
“Trunk decided to take the low road, ridiculing Bennetts as ‘INCREDIBLY FAT!!!’ (All caps and exclamation points hers, of course.) ‘This woman is walking around telling people you have to have a career while you’re raising kids in order to take care of yourself,’ Trunk fumes, ‘and she is obviously not taking care of herself. Look, I wouldn’t be harping on this if she weren’t so fat…’ “
In her blog entry on the subject, Jennifer Weiner commented:
“Perhaps Penelope Trunk doesn’t know anyone bigger than a breadbox. Maybe it’s news to her that it is possible to take care of yourself and still not look like Paulina Porizkova. Health and happiness actually do come in sizes other than zero, and I’ve got no time for anyone who hasn’t figured that out. Nor do I have any money, either: I suspect my fat fingers will be unable to work the clasp of my wallet should I put down the Ho Hos, waddle down to the local bookstore and find Trunk’s book there.”
I had to resist quoting more of Weiner’s blog post, because it is so all-around fabulous but I’m sure you’ll go read it, right? Thanks for the tip, Wendy.
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