We Fake News—A Mother's Day Protest

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#MomsAreMad Fights Back Against Books
mothers against disrespect


Tired of being "knocked off" in books


May 13, 2018:
"We used to get KNOCKED UP. Now we get KNOCKED OFF," said Iva Hadenuv, a 55-year-old mother in Reading, Penna. "Knocked up was better."

Hadenov is not alone. On Mother's Day, moms around the country took to the streets to protest their treatment at the hands of authors and publishers.

"Authors have been GETTING RID of us in novel after novel. We're damn sick of it!" Hadenov exclaimed.

Like wildfire
As #MomsAreMad spreads across the country—publishers, politicians, and pundits are stunned by how quickly it's gone viral.

"By Jove! This thing's growing like wildfire," said NBC's Cal Brittlebastion.

"These gals are over 50. We had no idea they knew what social media was, let alone how to use it," he added.

A 300 year history
of doing away with mothers goes back to the first novels—at least to the 1700s with Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders and continuing into the 1800s with Dickens's David Copperfield.

The 20th century saw the likes of Anne of Green Gables and Nancy Drew—no mothers. Solve THAT one, Nancy.

Far more recent novels also lack mothers: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ahab's Wife, The Goldfinch, I Liked My Life, to name only a few.

Smeared
Bernadette Peters, star of stage and screen, is #MAM'S most celebrated voice

"I've been SMEARED. They didn't just kill me off," steamed Peters. "They made me out as a child deserter!"
She is referring, of course, to the 2012 bestselling Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

"Of course it's me," piped Peters. "WHAT OTHER  Bernadette is there?"

Male support
Surprisingly, #MAM has drawn support from men.

"The sooner they win this thing, the sooner they'll be back in the KITCHEN," said one man, who wished to remain anonymous.



Fronta Loeb, special to The Daily News and LitLovers.

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