Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Seriously, People, Tell Domestic Harmony to Go F—k Itself

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Liz and Dick in Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Blissful domestic disharmony not on Pinterest
  • Liz and Dick in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?': Blissful domestic disharmony not on Pinterest

A post on NBC News' Today blog that identified something now known as "Pinterest stress" has me really stressed right now. Seriously, folks, I guess women in particular, can't we agree at this point in our lives to tell domestic harmony to go fuck itself? Hasn't the ex-con Martha Stewart taught us anything?

I had to turn to my coworker, David Mendez, to make sure I'm not even close to suffering from Pinterest stress (first you actually have to have a Pinterest account, right?).

"David, I don't come across as someone who cares about domestic harmony, right?" I asked.

He paused for a while, then answered, "No, Mari, far from it."

"Whew. Thanks," I said.

Thinking he insulted me, which is pretty normal at Weekly World Central, Mendez followed up saying, "It's because you have other things to be concerned about."

Yes. Yes. I do and so should lots of other people, evidently.

You can read all about Pinterest stress here. A snippet:

For many moms, social media is both a blessing and a curse. We go to sites like Pinterest and Facebook for connection and inspiration — but all too often, the beautiful images of domestic harmony make us feel inadequate.

In our exclusive TODAY Moms survey of 7,000 U.S. mothers, 42 percent said that they sometimes suffer from Pinterest stress — the worry that they’re not crafty or creative enough. Symptoms include staying up until 3 a.m. clicking through photos of exquisite hand-made birthday party favors even though you’ll end up buying yours at the dollar store, or sobbing quietly into a burnt mess of expensive ingredients that were supposed to be adorable bunny cookies for the school bake sale.

“It tricks you into thinking that everyone is baking their own bread,” said Jenna Andersen, 28, a Palo Alto, Calif., mom of two, photographer and blogger behind the hilarious site Pinterest Fail, which chronicles Pinterest-inspired crafts and recipes gone oh-so-wrong. She’s still a fan of the site, but she’s learned not to let herself think that the artfully curated photos represent anyone’s reality. “Pinterest is largely a site of unrealized dreams.”

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