Thoughts On The Anderson Cooper Show On Working From Home, Being A PSO

Despite a promise from a show producer, I wasn’t notified in advance of the Anderson Cooper piece air date; apparently it aired yesterday. Overall, the specific discussion on phone sex work was handled tactfully and rather respectfully. Though I still have to giggle when phone sex work is considered so “unconventional” when sex work is “the oldest profession.” *wink*

What was most upsetting, actually, was that the PSO discussion was part of a larger conversion on Anderson Cooper, with the specific show’s focus on the issue of a controversial new study that says moms with jobs outside the home are healthier and happier than stay-at-home moms — and a claim from one working mom who says that moms who stay at home are “lazy.” Really? It’s 2012. Why are we still bothering with this “who are better moms” discussions? Distinctions with judgements made in blanket statements are just so useless. Unless, of course, your goal is like that of a school bully or “mean girl” — moves by the insecure to drag someone else down. My philosophy has always been to focus on how I can move myself up and out of situations I have defined as not ideal for me.

Judging a mom for working or not is as bad as judging a mom or any work working in the adult subject matter: It just shouldn’t be done.

But back to the study.

I didn’t see any mention of mothers who work from home, i.e. moms who do their paid work from the same place they carry out their non-paid work. I’ve a few ideas where they’d sit… But at this point, my numbers are smaller and my focus hasn’t been the systematical study of “happiness.” So I’ll keep that under my hat for another time. However, I will say that personal happiness is achieved when a person has their needs met; and we all have needs, many of which vary widely.

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