From Ruth Bennett, Babble Talks co-founder
I hung up the phone on someone today. I didn’t know how else to protect myself from the person swearing at me. Not just swearing at me, but accusing me of considering her to be an *insert swear word here*. I think that’s worse, isn’t it? Having words you would never use put into your mouth? I hung up but the damage was done.
I’m happy to share what they said (without the swearing) because it shows how there can be such a chasm between intention, action and interpretation.
They believe that our slogan ‘reclaim your brain’ is offensive to mothers who choose to stay at home, because it shows we think that they are ‘brain-dead ******’.
I’m not going to engage with a stranger who calls me on the phone to tell me that. But I do have some things that I would like to say in response, now I’ve finished having a little cry:
If you’re wondering, running a start-up like Babble Talks doesn’t work like a job where someone else pays you. It happens at night mostly, after I’ve finished working, Baby J is asleep and once Ian has had a chance to decompress from his full-time job … of being a dad. Our in-person events are on hold but we are still running online because we believe in what Babble Talks is. Thank you to the many people who have supported, and continue to support us in what we do.
Love, Ruth x