So. Yeah. Today over on Babble I had a bit of a shitshow on my hands. See, my editors asked me to write something about feeding babies to promote a new eBook being released on Friday. (The eBook is going to be awesome by the way – lots of great writing from bloggers about breastfeeding). The editors suggested something about formula feeding. I decided to make it a reader-response piece where women told me what they liked about formula feeding. I disclosed that quotes could be used at Babble and I got a lot of great, honest responses, especially from three wnderful women who acknowledged a total lack of interest in breastfeeding.
You can imagine what happened next, right?
The comments immediately turned into a slam-fest where judemental women rode in on their Perfect Mommy Sparkleponies* and started dumping Sparklepony shit all over the post. I alerted the troops and my amazing readers jumped into the fray. It’s been pretty epic. Lots of action. Lots of great women telling people to step back and let moms do their thing without judgement. It will probably send my Babble traffic for the month into the stratosphere.
I feel like a total dick about it.
This post was meant to stir the pot and boy, did it ever. I knew – and I hope everyone I quoted knew – that some people can’t just read posts like this. They have to get on their Sparklepony and scream their judgement at the top of their lungs. This was like catnip for them and I knew it would be. I instigated the comment free for all.
There are better uses for all of our time than shouting at each other on the internet. While I love a show of solidarity as much as the next guy, what happened today didn’t make anybody’s life better. But I’m going to change that. See, I got enough clicks today that I’ll probably be getting a bonus from Babble for high traffic. I’m going to use that money to feed some hungry babies. I did a little research today and found some great organizations that help kids in the developing world get what they need to survive. There’s the Gates Foundation, the Water Project, UNICEF, Shot@Life, and the Clinton Global Initiative. These organizations are focusing on clean water, maternal and child health, ending hunger, providing vaccines, and stopping the spread of malaria. That’s what want to be a part of: an united effort to do good.
I’ll give my bonus to UNICEF for their programs to feed hungry children around the world. That’s what it’s all about right? Feeding children who need to be fed. It’s not about what makes us feel superior to each other. It’s about doing what needs to be done.
*I stole the word Sparklepony from Minnesota Vikings punter and all around awesome rabbleraiser Chris Kluwe.