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I get pretty much all of my news on my commute to and from work courtesy of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. It’s the ultimate in no brainer multi-tasking… I am driving, to my place of employment, while becoming informed on world events. It’s a good thing.
A highlight of these commute enrichment sessions is a feature on Morning Edition called “Word of Mouth“, wherein Tina Brown, editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, shares what she’s been reading of late. (And really, if you’re looking for reading recommendations, you could do worse than getting them from Tina Brown.)
In this morning’s installation, Brown recapped Katie Roiphe’s Financial Times article “Disappearing Mothers,” which discusses the growing trend among moms on Facebook to “post photos of their children as profile pictures instead of photos of themselves.” I just clicked over and read the article in its entirety, and friends, it is fascinating. A must read. Click over now. I’ll wait.
After reading, my co-worker Ryan (also a mom) and I did a little unscientific research and calculated how many of our fellow mom friends on Facebook were doing this very thing. (For the record, Ryan has a photo of her insanely adorable 7-month old daughter Claire as her profile pic, so we’re not judging here.) We discovered that approximately one-third of our friends have photos of their children as their profile pictures. It’s all the rage.
So I’m curious to know, do you, like Roiphe, think this trend is indicative of women losing their own identities as they become mothers?