You know what's fun? A trip to the park. You know what's more fun? A trip to the park on wine. Sure, I'm stealing this joke from the cult-classic film Half-Baked, which every legit pothead (or former pothead) can quote verbatim. Replace stoner dudes and reefer madness with giddy moms and vino, and you've got the makings for moms and wine culture, currently sweeping the nation.
There are, however, some reasons I can't get behind the "Moms & Wine Culture," and I'm here to argue that they don't make me a buzzkill. Those "I need wine to parent" memes might be funny, but they are offensive to people who have struggled or are currently struggling with sobriety. For us, being drunk or sober is not a laughing matter, and we know only too well that drinking is not a light-hearted, fun, consequence-free way of life for all of us.
And as I ready myself for motherhood, I'm just as scared as all of you wine-drinking moms, but don't have the luxury of having a glass of white Burgundy to take the edge off. Look, I get the message that behind the "Moms and Wine Culture" is the idea that moms are people, not just parents, and people come with all kinds of desires, wants, urges, and needs that might not be outwardly attractive. Further, all of those urges might not fit the social mold for what a mom ought to be, or some sexist, patriarchal idea of how to be a mom.
I'm all for being a feminist mom, but I don't need a fine vintage to put my fist in the air and parent with the aim of dismantling the patriarchy. Because life is oh so ironic, my drink of choice (DOC) was wine (I used to live for the aforementioned white Burgundy). I love the way wine tastes, how you can pair it with different cuisine, how you drink it slowly as the alcohol washes over you with a loving caress. Wine, or the sweet grape of Dionysus as I used to call it, is filled with history and reverence, and appears to be a sophisticated DOC. But that doesn't negate the fact that wine is still alcohol. So, as a former drinker and future parent, these are some reasons I can't get behind the "Moms and Wine Culture."