There's been a lot of negative buzz online lately about Ayelet Waldman's new column on Salon, which she recently started after giving up posting on her addictively readable parenting blog, Bad Mother. I have to admit that at times I've been surprised, even taken aback, by just how much Waldman reveals but it's... interesting to note the vehemence of those who object to her writing frankly about her family and her battle with bipolar disorder. In some circles, it seems, writing about one's children is the last great taboo. I guess some people still believe that once you become a mother you should no longer admit to having feelings others might deem inappropriate. I can't imagine Salon readers being half as shocked as many of them appear to be in the Letters section if Waldman were writing a series of columns on, oh I don't know, sex with weasels or something.
Writing Frankly About Your Kids: Is It The Last Great Taboo?