The rise of ‘Motherism’ – prejudice against stay-at-home mums

The Telegraph 21 October 2013
Stay-at-home mothers are increasingly facing a damaging but unspoken prejudice   that assumes they are stupid, lazy and unattractive, a leading child   development expert has warned.

Dr Aric Sigman, a biologist and psychologist, said that what he called    “motherism” should be tackled as much as other prejudices such as racism.

He told a conference that the rise of derogatory attitudes towards   stay-at-home mothers had helped make it socially unacceptable in some   circles to argue that children benefit from “full-time” parenting.

Dr Sigman, a fellow of the Society of Biology and associate fellow of the   British Psychological Society, has argued in the past that evidence about   the long-term effects of sending very young children to full-time day care   is being ignored because of a political and economic agenda.

Addressing a conference organised by the Mothers At Home Matter group, he said   that evidence from biosciences showed that mothers provided “unrivalled   benefits” to young children that other people, including fathers, cannot.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/children_shealth/10391131/The-rise-of-Motherism-prejudice-against-stay-at-home-mums.html