Every mom has a story about the time they felt like or were called a “bad mom.”
And they were right…We BAAAAAADD!
Bad Mom Shop was inspired by the book, “The Scarlet Letter.” It is is about a young woman, Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and will not reveal her lover’s identity. She is jailed and then forced to wear the scarlet letter A (for adultery) on her clothes and endure public shaming and punishment for her sins.
While the scarlet letter is meant to be a symbol of shame, it becomes a powerful symbol of identity for Hester. The A is intended to mark Hester as an adulterer but later comes to stand for “”ABLE.” She eventually embraces the letter A; she knows everyone is going to talk about her and judge her and she is unbothered. Hester love for her daughter never falters (spoiler alert) and in the end her daughter lives the happy life her mother was never able to enjoy.
The irony of this story, set in Puritan times in 1642, is moms of all kinds are still being shamed, talked about and judged by people who need to worry more about themselves. Good moms are still being labeled a “bad mom” just because it is a hurtful, low hanging insult to sling at a mother. So let them talk.
There ain’t no shame in our mom game. Rep Your B!