Dear Ms. Keller,
To be honest, I really have had no desire to write a single word about Weinergate. Our guest blogger, Razib has been keeping tabs on the story for us here at Sepia Mutiny. Other than my girlcrush on the fashionable lady married to the man in question and my well-wishes for the future success of the individuals involved, I didn’t really care to comment on the matter. After all, who knows/cares what goes on in the boudoirs of a married couple.
Those are exactly the sentiments you express in your post for Vanity Fair. In “Advice for Huma Abedin, Wife of Representative Anthony Weiner,” you write, “We’ve never been able to fathom the laws of attraction, and we haven’t a clue what goes on in other people’s relationships. She says she’s staying. So we’ll take it from there, and give her some tips to help make it work.” Then you go on to comment on their relationship. Well, what’s a little gossip between us ladies? Right? Right. Let me start by saying how much I admire your five tips for
Ms. Abedin Mrs. Weiner. Stay home. Focus on the family. Lose lame-o mentors like Hillary (with her goshdarnawful contagious marital problems). Make awesome babies. All fabulous tips that my grandmother has been telling me for years.
And I’m not going to quibble about the babies, Ms. Keller. Babies are awesome. You’ve definitely done your share of research on babies and career women. Some might even say you’re an expert. After all, what works for you has to work for everyone, right? In the piece, you write, “It [motherhood] is the most exciting identity change a woman can undergo.” People who can’t or won’t have babies are just awful, awful people in my book. Communists, even. When I was younger, I was kinda looking forward to changing my identity through my career. Reinventing myself as a Bollywood backup singer was looking pretty exciting to me. But now that I’m getting old, I’m just focused on babies. They rock.
You’re totally on target when you say careers = not cool. Especially when they interfere with family time. Your career ladder climbing suggestions for Ms. Abedin: “Want to take a trip? Accompany Representative Weiner, not Secretary Clinton.” (Maybe if she hadn’t traveled… bad things wouldn’t have happened, eh? Wink, wink, nudge. It’s always the wife, I say.) And speaking of which, I agree. She should totally quit that loser job with Mrs. Clinton and come home. Your advice, “Try to separate yourself a little–you’re both strong women, but you’re a different generation, in a different situation, and you don’t deserve to be lumped together in the Lonely Hearts Club.” Working for a U.S. Representative vs. a Secretary of State is definitely a way better career move. Sorry, I keep forgetting. We don’t like careers. My mistake. Motherhood = the only job a woman should want.
And last, but not least (stay with me here, I’m working backwards), I adore this sentence. “While other people have been looking at your wedding ring and your brave smile, we’ve been noticing the number and size of the bags you’ve been carrying. And you’re only in the first trimester. Lighten the load and stay home.” I’m glad you mentioned that! I’ve been reading about your distinguished career as a gynecologist/ obstetrician. Pregnant women should not travel/exercise/move. Bed rest is the way to go for sure. My mom knows a lady who knows a lady who knows a lady who walked while she was pregnant and she almost fainted when she was walking down the sidewalk. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your tips with Mrs. Weiner. We both know she needs ALL the advice she can get.
Your Number One Fan,