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The tweet said, “Be rich, marry rich, have a slew of nannies. You’re no working mom.”
Let me start off by saying, this post was going to be about this amazing $25 dress I found… but then that tweet (and a couple others) happened and this post took a totally different turn.
The tweets were all in response to an interview I gave a couple of weeks ago on Ivanka Trump’s lifestyle blog. An interview WHICH – FYI was NOT supposed to be political in any way. It was an interview that was strictly about MY maternity leave, my experience, and some little pieces of advice I had for new moms when they returned back to work. It was supposed to be a post about women helping women.
But of course… it was taken completely out of context by some lovely people trolling the internet. All of a sudden… I hate women… I should figure out my “pre-existing condition” (pregnancy)… I perpetuate the problem that women have in America for returning back to work after 8 weeks… I’m a “whore” for wearing an off the shoulder top to work, and I “have a slew of nannies and I don’t actually work for a living .” <<< Thanks Twitter trolls. You can read the interview >>> here. And if you want to find the tweets, you don’t have to look too hard.
Feeling frustrated, I posted some of these comments to our insta-stories. Then, I angrily wrote a whole post defending myself. Defending what I do for a living, how I parent, why I do what I do. It was pretty hateful, but I felt it got the point across. I wanted people to see my side.
Then.. not even twelve hours later… Ashley found a whole plethora of horrible comments about her on a Yahoo article. The most base, vile, and deplorable things that you could say about someone were said about her. She was devastated, and as her business partner and best friend, I was too. The internet can be a sad, ugly, and dark place at times, and we saw that firsthand yesterday in THE most awful way. You can read the Yahoo article on Ashley>>> here.
We both went to bed, understandably frustrated. Ashley cried… and I said a prayer that hopefully we’d have more clarity in the morning.
Wouldn’t you know, this morning we woke up to inboxes full of supportive and loving comments. This morning we woke up to amazing emails and DMs from SO many people. People who had seen our insta-stories, seen the comments, seen the tweets…and wanted to tell us that we should ignore all of it. This morning, I realized, that by writing something hateful in response, I was just becoming part of the problem. It made me no better than those people trolling us. So instead of writing a seething post in response to those hateful messages, I decided instead, to take this time and space to say thank you.
Thank you, internet trolls, for reminding us why we do what we do. Thank you for reminding us that we are here to create a safe space for women. A space where others can feel inspired and not judged. A space that perpetuates good and not evil.
But mostly, thank you, to you, our beautiful readers, followers, friends and family for always supporting us. For loving us no matter what horrible things other people have to say. And for raising us up when we need it most. You guys are amazing, and we love you. Thank you.