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Reviewing Tyler Perry’s film The Single Moms Club in The Atlantic, Elizabeth Bruno notes that single moms typically suffer inaccurate, if not ridiculous, depictions in most entertainment media:

Historically, pop culture’s portrayals of single motherhood have been laughably bad.

All too often, they suggest that single mothers are difficult career women becoming more “human” (like Miranda in Sex and the City), love-starved damsels becoming brave (like Dorothy in Jerry McGuire), or former delinquents becoming productive citizens (like Anna Faris’s Christy in Mom). They are stifled or wounded women looking to unlock their own strength. . .

Her conclusion about the Perry film?  Thumbs up.

As a single mother myself, I am profoundly thankful that Perry is addressing single motherhood. Even if he is simplifying things, he provides a model that frames single mothers positively—he allows them to be ethical agents caring for each other without first demanding total self-sufficiency.

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