The Great Nanny Wars of 2005

Daddy Types calls attention to some interesting developments of the blogging-at-work variety. There was this Nanny, see. And she had this blog. And her employers started reading it and they didn’t think it was the best thing ever so they fired her. But they didn’t just fire her. They sifted through her blog looking for anything that could be pulled out and made to sound unseemly. Then one of these former employers published an essay in The New York Times which began thusly:

OUR former nanny, a 26-year-old former teacher with excellent references, liked to touch her breasts while reading The New Yorker and often woke her lovers in the night by biting them. She took sleeping pills, joked about offbeat erotic fantasies involving Tucker Carlson and determined she’d had more female sexual partners than her boyfriend.

Zing! Do you take salt or lemon with your wound? But the nanny is not the sort to take this lying down. She blasted back on her blog. See how that works? That’s good stuff. And now the nanny, a student of literature, is being read by thousands of people. So you see, there is a silver lining to all things. (Also? The NYT illustration portrays the nanny as having man-hands and dating The Rock. I’m no lawyer but that very well could be libelous. I mean, he’s the Scorpion King, that could reflect poorly on her future prospects.)

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