Bought She Magazine today. An interview with Denise Van Outen is advertised on the cover with the words Back at Work after 2 Weeks printed under it.
I would just like to say one thing 'Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!'
Why, oh why, when things settle down do the media have to jump right back in and stir things up again?
'Should mothers stay at home?'
'Mothers that work damage their children'
'I gave up breastfeeding after a week!'
These and many more headlines scream out at us from the covers of magazines and newspapers every week. Why? Because they want you to buy their offering either in a huff of indignation or feeling of self- righteousness and read all about it.
If the two sides of the argument start throwing facts and figures, beliefs and insults about - even better! The more controversy, the higher the sales.
Just because it is written in black and white, however, doesn't make it black and white. They just want you to believe it is because then you will be encouraged to weigh in on the debate, talk about it with your friends, buy a copy of their latest issue. I mean, think about it, have you ever read an article on mums and working, breastfeeding etc. that discussed all facets of an issue and didn't just divide mums everywhere by making out there were only two sides - and one had to be the right?
Now She Magazine will argue that if you read the article it actually presents Denise going back to work in a good light (and it does). But I have to query if this is the case, why the heading on the front page is in black capital letters with two weeks underlined? I know why - and I'm not falling for it anymore.