In a comment in my post on what I thought was typical journalistic conflation, Trixie of Distracted Diva writes
The term â€œMommy Warsâ€ is an interesting bit of rhetoric. It is commonly used to describe the imaginary schism between stay-at-home mothers and mothers who work outside the home. Groups who are not supportive of womenâ€™s rights use this term to create a perceived discord between these kinds of mothers, painting each as hostile to the other, and to then present this image as a reality to the culture at large. This also creates a no-win situation for mothers, who are not supported by the either/or ideology implicit in this rhetoric, and allows the culture at large to focus on a fictional â€œcatfightâ€ rather than on the real issues affecting mothersâ€™ ability to care for their children.
This is well stated. Trixie rubs this coin to the understuff, revealing the “emptiness” of media-common terms, which may be anything preceeding the word “war.” But here’s another related issue. We talk a lot about “values” in the commons. But rarely do we drill down into the notion of what constitutes value.