10 Most Famous and Infamous Moms of 2012
10 Most Famous and Infamous Moms of 2012
1. Time Magazine Breastfeeding Mom: Jamie Lynne Grumet
2012's most notorious mother was Jamie Lynne Grumet, the pretty blond shown on the cover of Time Magazine breastfeeding her three-year-old son, underneath the caption "Are You Mom Enough?" The cover horrified pretty much everyone, including Grumet, who told Yahoo! Shine in December, "That wasn't what we wanted it to look like. Our reaction was similar to everyone else's when we saw the cover." Grumet has used the "blip," as she described her brief notoriety, to network and support the charity, Waves For Water, which provides clean water to children in Ethiopia. She said that, despite the firestorm, she hopes the exposure for breastfeeding was positive. "Hey," she told Shine, "we are so blessed to have so many options, and we need to embrace them. It doesn't matter if you think it's right. We need to encourage each other to make the best choices for each child's need." Has she weaned that kid yet? "A couple of months after the cover."
2. Tanning Mom: Patricia Krentcil
Back in May, Nutley, N.J. mother Patrica Krentcil made headlines for allegedly burning her 5-year-old daughter in a tanning booth. She denied it, but what was clear was that mother Krentcil was a passionate fake-tanning devotee ("The Toast of the Town" according to the New York Post). In August, In Touch magazine ran a profile of Krentcil pale. Friends and family members thought she looked better less tan, but Krentcil asserted that she liked herself with that "just back from vacation glow."
3. Petraeus Affair Mom: Paula Broadwell
It already seems like a million years ago that the extramarital affair and resignation of General David Petraeus briefly captivated national attention, but it was only November. Buff military biographer Broadwell, a married mother of two, was Petraeus's lover, and her cyberstalking of an alleged rival for the general's affections touched off the FBI investigation that led to the affair being discovered. Broadwell was briefly slut-shamed for her "toned arms" and "tight jeans," and for stepping out on her husband and two boys, but the whole thing appears to have blown over. Broadwell and her husband are still together, and the U.S. Attorney's office dropped cyber-stalking charges against Broadwell on December 18th. Now Broadwell has hired some fancy PR people to rehab her public image, possibly resulting in this Glamour magazine article about her, where five of her friends speak out.
4. Breastfeeding Military Moms: Terran Echegoyan McCabe and Christina Luna
Breastfeeding never ceases to cause controversy. Two military moms photographed nursing their babies in their Air Force uniforms as part of a breastfeeding awareness campaign drew public ire and were officially reprimanded for misusing their uniforms back in May. Is breastfeeding while in uniform disrespectful? Or just practical? The women were disciplined by the Air Force not for the breastfeeding itself, but for using their uniforms to endorse a cause (breastfeeding awareness). And the woman who organized the campaign was fired from her unrelated civilian job, allegedly for neglecting her duties while responding to all the press requests during the scandal.
5. Can't Have it All Mom: Anne Marie Slaughter
The former director of policy planning at the State Department wrote an Atlantic Magazine piece this summer on "Why Women Still Can't Have it All," and touched off one of the most raging debates of 2012. Slaughter wrote about her decision to leave her high-level foreign-policy dream job, because of "how unexpectedly hard it was to do the kind of job I wanted to do as a high government official and be the kind of parent I wanted to be, at a demanding time for my children." The article was the most-read piece ever to run in the Atlantic, attracting 725,000 readers in the first four days and remaining on the magazine's most-popular list well into the fall. Slaughter may even have annoyed her former boss, Hillary Clinton, according to Marie Claire.
6. Sh*tty Moms: Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner One of our least-favorite parenting tomes of the season was "Sh*tty Mom: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us", a book published in September by four female writer/comedians about texting at the playground, lying to your kids and otherwise making parenthood all about me, me, me. We found @shttymom on Twitter in December, up to the usual tricks: pretending store-bought cookies were home-made at a recent children's bake sale.
7. Voting Mom: Galicia Malone
Most of the mothers on our list are either controversial or notorious, but this mother's story was just plain touching and inspiring. On November 2, according to the Cook's County Clerk's office in Illinois, a very, very pregnant 21-year-old, Galicia Malone, stopped to vote on her way to the hospital to give birth. Reportedly, Malone's water had already broken. It was her first baby and first time voting, and she drove herself to the hospital afterwards. We have no words.
8. The 40-Year-Old Reversion Mom: Amy Sohn In July, privileged New York City mom Amy Sohn wrote what a critic called "one hell of a hate-read" about mothers behaving badly. The essay started with the claim that these moms called themselves "Hookers, Sluts and Drug Addicts" and went on to detail the supposedly juvenile (reversion to the 20s) behavior of Sohn and her friends. Some of the anecdotes were chilling, but many just felt judgmental and anti-mom. The essay, it turned out, was drumming up advance publicity for Sohn's latest novel, "Motherland", which was published in August. Yahoo! Shine checked in on the book's Amazon pageand found reviews running the gamut from "Racy" and "Juicy read" to "Torture!" and "WTF".
9. The Anti-Helicopter Parent: Madeline Levine
Madeline Levine is a Marin County, CA psychologist and mother of three grown boys whose latest book "Teach Your Children Well", was one of the more influential parenting books this season. Levine made a compelling explanation of just how and why parents who push their children to succeed (in a needy, insecure way) or live through their child's accomplishments are actually perceived by the child as unloving and emotionally absent. The book elicted one of the smartest pieces of parenting writing we read all year, an essay by Katie Roiphe for Slate, entitled "The Seven Myths of Helicopter Parenting".
10. ...And One Notorious Couple: Bitty Lab founders Priska Diaz and Dana King
A baby bottle company in its infancy, Bitty Lab, had an ad campaign that outraged the mommy blogosphere in July. The Twitter ads were aimed at dads and said things like "reclaim your wife" and "Feeling like you're competing with your newborn for mommy's attention? Meet BARETM air-free #babybottles." The Bitty Lab founders swore it was all a misunderstanding, but wouldn't admit which one came up with the campaign. Bitty Lab's BARE bottles claim to be air free (which is pretty smart, actually), and still haven't hit shelves.