Examples of soccer mom
Examples of soccer mom
Where does soccer mom come from?
The term soccer mom comes from the two most important elements of this social caricature: She’s a mom, and she carts her children around to time-consuming after-school activities, like soccer practice.
The soccer mom made a soft debut in the 1970–80s, but it was the 1996 US presidential election that brought her into primetime. Many members of the Republican party, most notably Republican candidate Bob Dole and Republican strategists Ed Gillespie and Alex Castellanos, used the term to take shots at the incumbent Democrat, President Bill Clinton. Republicans said that Clinton was unfairly targeting the soccer moms of the US—the working, swing-voting, middle-class moms with SUVs said to be “overburdened” by economic and personal stressors. Clinton promised tax breaks for college spending and other policies meant to appeal to the soccer mom.
Well, it worked, apparently. The Democrats were able to win over the soccer moms in the election, sending Bill Clinton to a second term. Political scientists, though, don’t conceptualize soccer moms as their own voting bloc as they do suburban women more generally. NASCAR dads are sometimes used as a rural, working-class, male counterpart to the soccer mom.
Who uses soccer mom?
The contemporary soccer mom hasn’t changed much since 1996. She’s still imaged as white, suburban, and overburdened in her middle-class existence. Though a hallmark of the 1996 soccer mom was her ability to work a job or two and still get the kids to practice and dinner on the table, contemporary soccer moms are often thought of as stay-at-home.
The soccer mom is also sexy in the popular imagination. Self-help articles about this type of woman tend to lust over her fashion, body, and attitude more than her minivan’s gas mileage.
Im gonna be 21 in a month which means im gonna be one step closer to my ultimate goal of being a hot, wine drinking soccer mom
— annasmith (@annna_beth) July 31, 2018
Users of the term are split in their tone when using soccer mom. Some women admire that a soccer mom loves her family so much that she’ll trudge across town with orange slices and Capri Suns every day after school while still making time to look great and get dinner on the table. Soccer moms have everything you need, apparently.
I’m ready for the part of my life where I’m happily married to the love of my life, 3 kids, cute house near the beach. Taco Tuesday with alllll the in laws, vacations to Disney world. I want a soccer mom sticker on my car with the snacks in the cooler in the trunk. I AM READY.
— alex 💉 (@alex_skok14) August 1, 2018
Others see the soccer mom stereotype as unpleasant, though. They see the women who adhere to the type as unfashionable, high-maintenance, or narrow-minded, the kind of woman who would ask to speak to the manager.
I know James Bonds' "Shaken, not stirred" thing is supposed to sound cool and debonair, but it sounds like a something a middle aged white soccer mom would say at a casual chain gringo Mexican restaurant right before demanding to speak to the manager.
— Agouti still believes in the railing system (@bitterkarella) April 21, 2018
It's like Jack still thinks he's working at chillis and has to accomodate the loud soccer mom who is mad that her waiter seems "too gay" and asks "how am i going to exlpain this to my kids" not a multi-million dollar social platform
— Micah the-black-parade-is-the-best-album Jardee☭ (@smthngthftsme) April 27, 2018