Dear Sophie Gregoire Trudeau: I’ll Be In Your Village
As I’m sure you’ve all heard already, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of our Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was heavily criticized in the media last week when she said she needed more help to be able to manage her workload and three children.
Leading the crusade were MP’s from the Conservatives and NDP parties, accusing her of being out of touch and chastising her for feeling overwhelmed.
And you know what?
Shame on both of them. Shame on them for continuing to perpetuate the myth that women can and should have it all, do it all, take care of it all, and never complain or ask for help.
It’s almost worse to me that the two leading the negative comments and criticism are women. Had it been a couple of old sexist men, I would have been less disgusted with the commentary. But the fact that it is once again women shaming other women makes me seriously want to fucking puke.
Yes. Mrs. Gregoire Trudeau already has nannies. So what? Every working woman has some sort of childcare arrangement. Should she be sending her children to a day home down the street or to a childcare center while she focuses on her duties to the public? Are there 24 hour, 7 day a week arrangements that could accommodate the irregular hours and changing needs? Should she hire a local teenager to come in and watch the kids?
Give. Me. A Break. We are talking about the family of our head of state.
Yes, her “position” as the wife of our Prime Minister is not an official role, and not a paid one. But there is a huge expectation that she be available for public appearances, and philanthropic and charitable work. And let’s face it. I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I can’t seem to remember any other spouse of a political leader in Canada who was so busy working for this country. I can’t even tell you the name of any spouse of any former Prime Minister, but Sophie is in the news literally every other day.
So yes, I think that she probably does need more staff to continue to do the work she does.
But that’s not even my real issue with this whole thing.
Bitches, it’s okay to ask for help.
We always feel like we aren’t enough. We need to do more, be better, learn new things, put everybody else first. And that is such bullshit.
You just can’t do it all on your own. There is no shame in asking for reinforcements. There is no shame for recognizing that your workload is too heavy and that you need help. It’s okay to say no sometimes.
And that applies whether you are a single mom, a stay at home mom, a working mom, or the wife of the Prime Minister. This attack of Sophie Gregoire Trudeau is archaic and sexist and downright so full of assholery and political agenda that I can literally smell the crap from the comfort of my living room.
So cut the shit. I don’t care if she is asking more than any other spouse did before her. I don’t care if Stephen Harper’s wife ” did more with less consistently.” Why is that something we should applaud? Why should we give less resources to the spouse of our country’s leader and perpetuate this shit that women should just saddle up and suck it up?
I don’t think this request makes her out of touch at all. I think it makes her feel like very other working mom in the country. Sometimes overwhelmed, always tired, torn, and normal.
So yes. Give her more staff and stop bitching about it. In fact, I personally volunteer. They say it takes a village, and Canada is this woman’s village.