Yesterday, for the first time, I saw The Mom Pledge, which you can read in its entirety below:
I am a proud to be a mom. I will conduct myself with integrity in all my online activities. I can lead by example.
I pledge to treat my fellow moms with respect. I will acknowledge that there is no one, “right” way to be a good Mom. Each woman makes the choices best for her family.
I believe a healthy dialogue on important issues is a good thing. I will welcome differing opinions when offered in a respectful, non-judgmental manner. And will treat those who do so in kind.
I stand up against cyber bullying. My online space reflects who I am and what I believe in. I will not tolerate comments that are rude, condescending or disrespectful.
I refuse to give those who attack a platform. I will remove their remarks with no mention or response. I can take control.
I want to see moms work together to build one another up, not tear each other down. Words can be used as weapons. I will not engage in that behavior.
I affirm that we are a community. As a member, I will strive to foster goodwill among moms. Together, we can make a difference.
I was intrigued by the idea of this pledge because, while I agree with the sentiment behind it, I think it’s shortsighted to make it exclusive to moms. What about women bloggers who don’t have children, or dad bloggers? What about asking for civility from everyone, not just the ones with Graco ads in their sidebars?
So I decided to take it a step further. I’d like each and every one of you to leave a comment signing this, the Avitable Pledge. By doing so, you become an honorary Avitable, whether you’re male, female, or something in between, with child or without, or any type of blogger or writer or person who interacts socially with other human beings.
The Avitable Pledge
I am proud to have higher brain functions. I will apply critical thinking and react with clear thought when I am faced with unknown, stressful or difficult situations.
I pledge to view ignorance and anonymity as weaknesses. Those who wield those traits as weapons are to be pitied but they have earned whatever punishment occurs. They do not deserve our sympathy or respect.
I believe that there is no situation that cannot be approached with a sense of humor. That said, each person has at least one thing that they will never find funny or appreciate, and that’s okay.
I stand up against bullying and harassment in all its forms. I will not shy away from calling out bullies and harassers in public forums, and I will not tacitly support their actions by remaining silent.
I refuse to apply any standards to others that I will not apply to myself. Only by striving to be the best can I expect that from any other person.
I want to see your point of view. Putting myself in your shoes can be difficult, but I will try my hardest to realize that my perspective is rarely objective.
I affirm that I will be honest with you and trust you at your word. If at all possible I will avoid lying and omitting truths. There is never a good reason to lie and there are hundreds of reasons not to. If you lie to me and betray that trust, that’s not my fault.
I’m an elitist condescending intellectual perverted asshole, but I manage to follow this pledge to the best of my ability. What about you? Will you take the Avitable pledge?
P.S. This post originally started as a parody of the Mom Pledge, but then as I started writing it, I realized I wanted to write a sincere post. For those of you who are getting sick of my serious posts, here is a joke for you:
You’ve got to hand it to midgets. No, literally. They usually can’t reach.