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The Waves: Why Joe Jonas’s ‘Bad Mommy’ Story Flopped

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On this week’s episode of The Waves, Host Kat Chow dives into the public divorce of actress Sophie Turner and pop artist Joe Jonas. But we’re not so much getting into the actual divorce, more the way tabloid news is covering it and leaning into some seriously sexist tropes. As news spread about the marriage’s end, articles immediately started speculating as to who was at fault, and tabloids reported using anonymous sources saying Turner was more focused on partying and going out, leaving Jonas at home with their two young kids.
Kat is joined by Rolling Stone senior writer Ej Dickson, to dig into the long history of sexist tropes about mothers and motherhood, the “bad mommy” PR spin, and more. 
Further Reading:

Sophie Turner Isn’t A Bad Mom. You’re Just A Mysoginist by Ej Dickson

In Slate Plus: Ej Dickson on why Gweneth Paltrow is uncancellable.
If you liked this episode, check out: Is The Wedding Dress Dead?
Podcast production by Vic Whitley-Berry and Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Daisy Rosario and Alicia Montgomery.
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