Mommy Blogging

Is Cecily “Suitcasing” Again?

Cecily Kellogg, of “polarizing hair” fame, was at the Mom 2.0 summit this weekend. While there she sent out this tweet, inviting attendees to come find her in exchange for free product:

The problem is, Diva Cup is not a Mom 2.0 sponsor - and Mom 2.0 has rules about that:

The entire Mom 2.0 Summit space is reserved for official sponsors who support the Mom 2.0 Summit. These individuals have earned the right to be represented properly, respectfully, and exclusively throughout the venue during the event. Please honor the Mom 2.0 Summit, its sponsors and attendees by honoring this.

In fact, Cecily herself wrote about the practice of pimping your personal sponsors at blogger conferences less than a year ago, claiming “conference sponsors are officially on alert” to such activities. So can someone explain to me why what she’s doing is ok? Though she said these events “leave generous wiggle room to allow bloggers the ability to use sponsorship as a tool to getting to the conference”, the third bullet point on her not-to-do list stated “You CANNOT distribute material or swag for your sponsor”.

So which is it? Is it ok for some people to pass out swag, but not others? Or is it only ok for Cecily “do as I say not as I do” Kellogg?




  1. avatar JaffaCakes

    Okay, I'm just gonna come right out and say it - am I the only person who doesn't know what a diva cup is?

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    • avatar JalamityCane

      I didn't know what one was until I began reading the Cecily thread a few months ago. I'm still throwing up in my mouth a little.

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    • avatar Greg'sWife (literally) aka DirtyLakeMichigan

      I don't either! I am at the menopause now, early side of normal, and I have no idea what it is. I do have an 8 yr old daughter so now I have to go educate myself on women products again.

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      • avatar Who The Heck

        Before I was thrown into menopause, I had a Diva Cup, and I loved it so much I finally bought two more. Two months later I got my parts ganked out, and didn't need them anymore, but for that last year or so, they were THE best thing ever to help my cramping and issues during my period. And I had no leaking problems (after the learning curve of getting it in there). You do need to be comfortable with your own parts to use them, but other than that, I would recommend them to anybody who is menstruating.

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    • avatar Eyelash Sweater

      I actually love my Diva Cup, but it's a menstrual cup that you fold and then insert into your vagina. Personally? It cuts down on my cramps during my period. With tampons, I feel like my body is trying to turn inside out and I'll be out of commission for a day or two. Pads are fine but Diva Cups are reusable, and I'm from Portland, Oregon. I dig that shit.

      However, I do crinkle my nose at the company being affiliated with Cecily and I will probably into buying a different brand of cup when I need to replace mine.

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  2. avatar Belladonna Took

    It's a plastic cup you shove up your twinkle during rag week that collects all your menstruals so you don't need to use a sanitary towel.

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    • avatar ILoveDavidTennentSoMuch

      I love mine. It's the awesomeness.

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      • avatar Greg'sWife (literally) aka DirtyLakeMichigan

        Is this the 'thing' now? I ask seriously because of having a daughter and want to know if this is what girls do now.

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        • avatar Meg Murry

          I think it's a "thing" among a certain population. It's not mainstream. Yet.

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          • avatar Meh

            I love my diva cup and a few of my friends also use one. We're all in our mid 20's.

            Much better, imo, than shoving a wad of cotton up your vag with god knows what chemicals are in it.

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            • avatar Sister Friend

              "chemicals!" Adorable. What on earth do you think Diva Cups are made from? Hand ground unicorn horn and breakfast farts of garden fairies? It is extruded silicone - same thing that seals your windows, lubricates your car, and sticks your toilet to the floor of the bathroom.

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              • avatar Meh

                To my knowledge, hard silicone does not leach into the body. The cup isn't scented or dyed either.

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            • avatar Miss Noir

              How are organic, cotton tampons dangerous?

              I don't like cups because I have a heavy flow and removing a cup is just TOO MUCH. Hello crime scene vagina!

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              • avatar Belladonna Took

                They can cause toxic shock syndrome if you forget to remove it or leave it in too long.

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              • avatar lurktastic

                I couldn't ever get past the idea of shoving what looked like a toilet plunger up by yeehole.

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              • avatar Dr Phil's Martini

                I know right? I buy o.b. applicator free tampons to cut down on the packaging material. I can't imagine that blood and cotton isn't biodegradable, or is toxic.

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              • avatar Karen Walker

                I can't help it that I have a wide set vagina and a heavy flow.

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        • avatar emsubo

          Don't know if it's a "thing"--but def worth looking into for girl kittens. I'm not an overly crunchy person but started using one after my son was born--I love it. Hard to talk about them without going TMI, but since they're silicone not cotton/rayon/whatever like tampons they don't dry everything out down there. There's also a "know your body" factor to using one since you wash and reuse rather than wrapping up and throwing away. It's not gross at all, IMO, and I can be somewhat squeamish about some things. This just doesn't bug me. I've heard from people who had horrible cramps that switching to a cup made a huge difference. There are lots of brands beside Diva Cup--the one I like is Lunette (personal preference, not a sponsored post:).

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          • avatar freebananas

            I have a box of Instead that I've had for 15 years --- I've been using the same one for ages, just rinse it out the way you do with the DivaCup. The intstead are way cheaper and don't have the little tail that the Diva has.
            I'm totally stockpiling them the way Elaine did on Seinfeld with the Today Sponges though.... I think they're a better product than the Diva but worried they'll get discontinued.

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            • avatar seven-dollar sandwich

              You and me, both! When the apocalyse comes, we'll be comfortable with our elderly Instead cups! Also a bonus that they aren't pimped by an annoying, unethical weirdo.

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      • avatar TinkerbellYalls

        Confession:I love my diva cup too. It is so much more comfortable and less messy for me than dealing with disposables that leak and smell. However, I don't talk about my love for it in real life. What I find hilarious about this whole thing is that only Cesspool would scream about and want to be associated with a product that most people would find disgusting. I also don't think she can reach her girly parts in order to actually use one which makes her a hypocrite who only wants negative attention whether from menstrual cups or polarizing hair.

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        • avatar Dr Phil's Martini

          Ok so I have to ask now because I don't use a divacup. I looked into one, but after reading how you have to remove it (when its full) seemed impossible and messy. How is it not messy? Doesn't it spill?

          Also, you have to clean it after you remove it. I work in an office with no private bathrooms. They are stalls. I can't imagine going up to the sink to wash out my divacup at work, or anywhere that I might go that doesn't have a private toilet + sink setup. That seems extremely limiting to me. Have you had any problem with that?

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          • avatar Electric Sex Pants

            I bought one last year and after a few mistakes, I know how to use it now and I love it.

            You definitely want to "empty" it in a bathroom with a sink right next to the toilet, but you only need to empty it every 10-12 hours or so(on my heaviest days that would require tampons every 2-3 hours I can get about 8 -10 hours before I need to empty it).

            You're taking it out while you are sitting on the toilet so any mess goes right into the toilet. I've never had an issue with it. I just pull it out, dump it then flush the toilet so I don't have to see the crime scene(ha). Then I clean it while I'm still sitting on the toilet(small bathroom).

            You do get a bit of blood on your fingers, but nothing more than I would get changing a tampon.

            The best part about it for me is that I don't feel that nasty blood dripping feeling that i'm on my period like I did with tampons. It feels so much cleaner down there. It's hard to explain but I don't think I'll ever go back to tampons/pads again.

            I'd recommend wearing a back-up pad your first period with it just until you get the positioning right(because if you don't you will leak everywhere).

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          • avatar TinkerbellYalls

            TMI alert: upon waking, I empty it in the shower and then don't have to empty it again until I go to bed at night. I don't have to think about it at all while out of the house. Tampons and pads were always on my mind.

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    • avatar JaffaCakes

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      THAT'S what she was handing out? Man, I'm glad I made it to my 30's before being burdened with this knowledge.

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      • avatar Greg'sWife (literally) aka DirtyLakeMichigan

        You're going to LOVE menopause! Not a freakin' thing to worry about. Especially after reading all the hams stories here, it brings back memories of super-plus tampons, pads, rx pain killers, accidents...
        Ugh.

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        • avatar snoogerbot

          Not to mention getting a mammogram at the wrong time of the month - there is no wrong time now...not that I look forward to a mammogram but no more pain while the girls are getting mashed.

          I used a cup of some sorts at one point when I was in my 30s, but I was so grossed out by the spillage and the clean-up, etc., that I soon abandoned it.

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      • avatar Miss Noir

        These seem more like Diva Buckets than Cups. I've only used the soft cup, and on my heaviest day, there's no way that would last ten hours and I think they're huge and awkward.....

        I mean.....

        How big are these things?

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    • avatar HipHoppopotomous

      Your Twinkle. I'm dead

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  3. avatar Belladonna Took

    How many of these bloody conferences are there and what do they find to talk about year after year? Just thinking about them depresses me.

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    • avatar Meg Murry

      I don't know how many there are, but I feel like I dodged a bullet since I wasn't able to attend the first BlogHer in 2005. The more I read GOMI, the gladder I am that I stopped blogging.

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      • avatar Sponsored Post

        Yes! I was supposed to go to BlogHer 07, and after reading all the breathless recaps about smashed unicorn cake and McDonald's bag hats and fucking diva cups, I'm so glad I closed up shop in 2008.

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        • avatar Laura Mayes

          You guys should come to Mom 2.0.

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          • avatar seven-dollar sandwich

            We'll see how Mom 2.0 "deals" with Cessy, first, thanks. Those who pay their dues and follow rules don't easily forgive when others flaunt the fact that the rules don't apply to them.

            Until then, nope. Won't even consider attending and would discourage others from going, too.

            We'll see what transpires when the dust settles.

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          • avatar igetasay

            See, she's just trying to be sincere here. Give peace a chance.

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    • avatar S

      "bloody conferences" Interesting choice of words, considering all the Diva Cup talk. ;)

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    • avatar JalamityCane

      Conferences are the biggest circle jerk. At any given conference I can tell you who is going who will be speaking and what they'll be talking about. They're all different but they're all the same. We really need a conference thread.

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      • avatar Meg Murry

        What are you waiting for? :)

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        • avatar JalamityCane

          Am I allowed to do that? I thought administration created the threads. I'm still learning how it works here.

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          • avatar Meg Murry

            Oh, I don't know. It seems to me I saw a "create thread" link in the forums. I could be wrong.

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          • avatar Sookie

            PP creates additional forums, but any logged in registered user can create new threads. :)

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          • avatar Meg Murry

            OK, I looked. If you click on a forum sub-topic (Mommy Bloggers, Lifestyle Bloggers, etc.) on the upper right there's a button that says "Click Here To Add A New Topic."

            Question is, which genre should it go in? Mommy blogging? Or would it be better to put it somewhere in the Members Only forum?

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  4. avatar ratherbeinmelbourne

    I screencapped her tweets about giving out DivaCups every day from Thursday May 2 through Sunday May 5. Link to imgur album: http://imgur.com/a/JEoH9#0

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    • avatar JalamityCane

      Nothing gets lost forever online. Remember that, Cecily.

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      • avatar Miss Noir

        So, is she trying to front like she wasn't passing our Diva Cups? Seriously?

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    • avatar NoNopeNuhuh

      This is awesome - thank you!

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  5. avatar JalamityCane

    According to @MrLady Cecily only mentioned having DivaCups so it was ok. No one actually saw her giving them out. So she got away with it again.https://twitter.com/mrlady

    If you ask me, using a conference hashtag to shill for an unsponsored product is still ass. If I was a Mom2summit sponsor and I had to pay to get mentioned on the hashtag I'd be pissed.

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    • avatar Reply Hazy Try Again

      That's ridiculous. No one saw her? There's a photo with her purse out and someone holding the product she just handed them. Do we need undercover buys (like for catching drug dealers) in order to enforce some basic ethics and decorum plus an actual printed rule? Why would anyone ever respect that or any other rule related to this conference if you can disregard to this extent and then lie about it this unconvincingly?

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      • avatar JalamityCane

        Oh I'm sure people saw her but who will say anything? We're evil haters.

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        • avatar Reply Hazy Try Again

          But they don't need to! There's twitter and photographic evidence! The organizers cannot be that stupid/ineffective, can they?

          They rail about the WSJ article, but turning a blind eye to this stuff is what really makes them look silly and unprofessional. Real businesspeople take care of their sponsors.

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  6. avatar CatFreckles

    Cecily Kellogg
    ‏@Cecilyk
    I've only met two bloggers so far, and I'm already trying to hand out @DivaCups. #mom2summit
    2:51 PM - 2 May 13
    https://twitter.com/Cecilyk/status/330046803334533120

    She said she was doing it on day one. What an unscrupulous liar to say she only did it on Sunday not that it should matter. The conference (her session) was still happening on Sunday. She hasn't deleted any of her shilling tweets so she must feel untouchable. People have tweeted Laura Mayes and John Pacini (whoever he is) about her behavior with no response. These people are enabling her unacceptable behavior. She's like the drunk aunt who ruins everything so they apologize to everyone for it but keep inviting her. Fuck them!

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    • avatar NoNopeNuhuh

      I feel the same way. In this case, Laura's silence = complicity. I guess she's too busy retweeting Oprah's Life Class..ugh.

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      • avatar lurktastic

        Laura posted on the first page of comments. Not super satisfactory, but she did say "I agree" further down the page. It's something, at least.

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        • Yeah but 50 bucks says next Mom 2.0 summit Cecily snowflake will be there handing out swag and schooling bloggers about "ethics" on some panel. The organizers are not going to do jack shit about this beyond MAYBE an email to Cecily saying "that wasn't vewwy nice! don't do that agains!"

          Cecily always does whateverthefuck she wants and nobody ever says anything. Same thing will happen with this, I'm sure.

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          • avatar QueenCersei

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          • avatar QueenCersei

            Special snowflake award for Cecily!

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          • avatar SwimmingWithSharks

            If these conferences paid their speakers then they wouldn't need sponsors.

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            • People would still get "sponsored" just to attend. We're talking about a group of people who for the most part seem to think they should be sponsored just for converting oxygen into carbon dioxide.

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          • avatar Laura Mayes

            I'll take that 50 buck bet.

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            • avatar Eyelash Sweater

              Snap!

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            • I look forward to collecting after you invite Cecily back to speak at your next event and do nothing as she passes out swag.

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              • avatar Laura Mayes

                Seriously, party pants. Get ready to pay up.

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              • Yeah we'll fucking see. Don't patronize me, I'm not one of your useless mommy gras attendees. I've seen this shit too many times to believe what some PR hack who is in the business of catering to a bunch of entitled overgrown teenagers promises before I see some actual results.

                Have fun updating your policies and handling it "internally".

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        • avatar Laura Mayes

          Im in the airport on my dumb phone. We take it seriously. We have a policy that we work to make more obvious and intense and enforce more for 2014. Clearly we have to. There were over 500 people there abd we had relatively few problems. But we hear you and we get it. We're glad for this discussion.

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      • avatar Laura Mayes

        Hey, I responded. Also that was a good life class. Game of Thrones was good too.

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        • avatar Can't remember my login

          Laura, I'm impressed by you coming by here and speaking out. Thank you. And all of those bloggers who want to be taken seriously ought to be thanking you, too.

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    • avatar DoubleEntendre

      Speak up, Cecily, they can't quite hear you flaunt those rules all the way over on Uranus.

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      • avatar planet claire

        She's too busy doing class clown bon mots for bon bons on twitter.

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  7. avatar DishPit

    Cecily clearly had tacit approval to do peddle her wares, which is great news for anyone else who wants to do that at the next Mom2.0 Summit. Precedent, people, precedent. I take Laura Mays' tweet as a vote in support of Cecily and her DivaCups. Organizers can't say it's not allowed and then allow it, but they just did.

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    • avatar MEP

      Also great news for potential sponsors, who can surely get a better deal sponsoring individual bloggers (especially if they are bargain basement sell-out whores like Cecily) than sponsoring an entire conference. Not such great news for Mom2.0 if they rely on corporate sponsorships to cover conference expenses. They need to take care of this now, before they have to hear a lot of whining next year about how Cecily got away with it, so why shouldn't everyone else?

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    • avatar JalamityCane

      I think that because it's GOMI making the stink people will give Cecily a pass. She's the victim, y'all, no matter how many times she doesn't play by the rules. That's why we don't work with her. We're not into special cases.

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      • avatar Belladonna Took

        I completely agree with you. Because this is being flagged up by the fat, jealous haters they can't be seen to act on it.

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        • avatar CatFreckles

          That's funny because the actual proof is in #mom2summit on twitter and instagram. It's not like anyone here is making anything up. Pretty funny that mostly outsiders care more about this than anyone actually involved with the conference.

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          • avatar Belladonna Took

            Probably because none of the organisers of the conference have the balls to challenge what she's done. Laura has left a pretty insipid post on the front page that doesn't really say much at all.

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            • avatar Laura Mayes

              We are sorting through 100 million + twitter impressions from over the weekend. Give us 5 minutes. We are glad for this discussion. Thank you.

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          • avatar Laura Mayes

            I've replied numerous times. No one is more frustrated than us. The end.

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            • avatar Belladonna Took

              This was one of the first posts after your initial post (even though it's on the last page - commenting can get weird round here). I see you have addressed this issue numerous times since. Hope you get it sorted.

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      • avatar Eleanor Abernathy

        I agree that it is probably being ignored because GOMI brought it up, but also maybe because Cecily was a speaker. It reflects poorly on their choice of her, too. I imagine Laura Mays is hoping it all just goes away.

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        • avatar Laura Mayes

          No. We are addressing it. We are glad for this discussion. No one takes it as seriously as we do. It's unfortunate. Abd we are glad that we are talking about it.

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          • avatar Eleanor Abernathy

            I made that comment before you commented here. I appreciate you taking the time to address concerns on gomi. I will be interested to see how things change for next year. (Also, sorry I spelled your name wrong. I hate that.)

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    • avatar CatFreckles

      So they are risking their own brand, reputation and livelihood to cater to Cesspool? She must give good head!

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      • avatar Respect privacy and lies OH MY

        Her milkshakes bring all the Diva Cups to the yard!

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      • avatar JalamityCane

        You would be surprised at how many conferences cater to Cecily. No one stands up to her because they don't want to deal with her. Let's just say she's not an easy person to say no to.

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        • avatar Reply Hazy Try Again

          I keep hearing this, but...what does she do, exactly, that people are so afraid of?

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          • avatar Miss Noir

            I don't get it, either? She's a clown. She has absolutely no power. She's like a gross, fat Goblin King.

            YOU HAVE NO POWER OVER ME, GOBLIN KING!

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          • avatar Respect privacy and lies OH MY

            Maybe she throws her weight around?

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          • avatar JalamityCane

            Let's just say Cecily makes a pest of herself if she's not picked. She also makes it personal so if a conference organizer is a friend, they have to choose her to remain on good terms. She abuses her relationships.

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            • avatar Miss Noir

              Are all mom-bloggers door mats? WTF?

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              • avatar JalamityCane

                The relationships among mom bloggers are all very high school. They gossip, they back stab, they snipe, and snark. I said it before but we hate working with mom bloggers because we hate the drama. Every time we choose a blogger for a campaign at least three other bloggers give me reasons why that person was the wrong choice. I can't stand it. I dread blogger outreach or mom blogger campaigns.

                They act like adolescents and then take issue when WSJ hints they may be a tad bit unprofessional.

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              • avatar Respect privacy and lies OH MY

                And Cecily wipes her feet on them constantly.

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              • avatar Reply Hazy Try Again

                If that's the case, this event and its aftermath might give them an opportunity to stop being her doormat. When one person finally stands up the monster, other people usually start to do the same. Nobody wants to be first.

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              • avatar boombalatty

                You mean like with a bully?

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            • avatar CatFreckles

              I believe you, and I know you can only say so much. I still don't understand why these people don't cut ties and rid themselves of her antics for good. Is her friendship that valuable especially when she seems to be using them? She should have more to lose when it seems these folks are the only ones keep her career afloat.

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              • avatar Kitty Likes to Scratch

                This is what I've always wondered, too. How much power can a user loser like her really have over these people? Grow a pair, ladies, and kick her to the curb!

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    • avatar Laura Mayes

      What tweet? I didn't know about this until Sunday afternoon. I definitely didn't approve any out boarding or tweet about it.

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      • avatar Respect privacy and lies OH MY

        Maybe the one where you proclaimed Cecily to be unstoppable?

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        • avatar Respect privacy and lies OH MY

          Laura Mayes ‏@lmayes 3 May
          I know for sure that @Cecilyk is unstoppable. #girlsunstoppable

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          • avatar Laura Mayes

            That was part of a Friday morning girls unstoppable campaign (that is seriously awesome for girls). I tweeted to a lot of people that day. And That has nothing to do with any of this...which I didn't know about until Sunday afternoon.

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      • avatar Sister Friend

        Actually, Laura, you kind of did. Everybody knew that Cecily was handing out Diva Cups - she was tweeting about it, about how she was flaunting the rules, etc, and you tweeted this:

        Laura Mayes ‏@lmayes I know for sure that @Cecilyk is unstoppable. #girlsunstoppable

        Which many people, myself included, took to mean that you felt what she was doing at the conference was 'unstoppable', ie, you were going to allow it. That is certainly how I read it.

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        • avatar Laura Mayes

          Hi. I didn't know. No one should be more disappointed than me.

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      • avatar Laura Mayes

        That was part of a girls campaign (that is awesome and helps girls). Totally different thing. And I knew nothing of the totally unrelated issue. Interesting and ironic.

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        • avatar Sister Friend

          Oh, you mean the campaign where Unilever's advertising budget is spent making promoting rape culture and one tiny arm of it, the @Dove brand, pretends to care about women, as a tiny panacea to all the damage their Axe brand does to representations of women in our culture? That one, where even under the guise of caring about women it is still a program that relies on talking about women's looks as if that is a legitimate thing to base self-worth on? That one? That bullshit program from Dove? Oh, yeah. I forgot.

          But regardless, when you tell the world that Cecily is 'unstoppable', you can't expect them to all know the context of your meaning as related to some bullshit marketing campaign for a soap.

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          • avatar Tom Servo

            Slow clap.

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          • avatar sarawr

            I love you. Run away with me. We can write ads where girls aren't defined "better" by other peoples' perceptions of them, snark on anyone you want, and build a love nest out of ham rinds and Franzia bags.

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  8. avatar silly monkey

    "I wonder if I should make a hat out of @DivaCup to wear to the #mom2summit Kentucky Derby party… eh, probably no. Heh."

    https://twitter.com/cecilyk/status/328907355045650435

    "I know I can definitely use my "Diva" pin from @DivaCup for my Kentucky Derby hat for #mom2summit. (yes, they are my sponsor!)"

    https://twitter.com/cecilyk/status/328914723099779072

    "Just booked my flight for @Mom2Summit! Can't wait. Proud to be sponsored by @DivaCup again at a conference!"

    https://twitter.com/cecilyk/status/315200947661963265

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  9. avatar Wonton Disregard

    Well, a lovely publicist I have worked with in the past just gave me a call. Seems one of her clients got wind of the "DivaCup" fiasco and now wants her opinion on how to handle the matter. They thought it degraded the value of their sponsorship to have non-sponsored swag handed out, but actually thought it reflected most poorly on the event itself and on Cecily that she handed out the menstrual cups at a breakfast. They asked the publicist who this woman was and to make sure she was not on any sponsorship lists they utilize. She asked me what I would do and I told her what I tell all my clients - does the value of the event/sponsorship outweigh the possible impact of the blogger's actions? Or does the client just want to make a point to the event organizers and move on to more valuable events? Is it worth your time and money to be concerned about this or is the concern clearly justified based on what happened at the event?

    Cecily - your behavior and poor judgement reflects on you and will, in the end, eat away at your business. These companies may make "unfair" knee-jerk reactions, but that is the real world, pink hair and all.

    Laura - these are YOUR SPONSORS. They might be able to overlook a swag sneak here and there, but they observe behavior, and they don't want their products or their name associated with an event that has participants who not only break the rules, but act in such an inappropriate way. That is what they build their sponsorship plans with - like it or not.

    I don't know Cecily personally. I really don't care about her however if she is affecting the bottom line of your business, you need to address it directly with her. Or stop inviting her to places where she acts in such a way as to damage your event.

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    • avatar Tom Servo

      Whoa. This client was one of the Mom 2.0 sponsors? Serious business.

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      • avatar Wonton Disregard

        As far as I know, yes. She deals with TONS of clients and these are the people Laura should worry about... she won't want to mess with an event and recommend it to prospective clients if issues like this are not dealt with. I found it most interesting that they were less concerned about a swag sneak and more concerned about appearances. But after decades of working with companies, I should know better. It's not WHAT ACTUALLY happens, its is HOW IT IS PERCEIVED that makes the biggest impact on corporate decision makers.

        These publicists and corporate communications peeps talk - and topics like these are discussed ad nauseum at lunches and happy hours. The actual facts will get coated in nonsense after a few rounds, but you would be surprised as what actually impacts decisions like who and what events to sponsor.

        I am so glad I have been removing myself from that world. It is so tiring and drains the soul. Soon, I can ditch the last few clients and move on to more fulfilling things.

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        • avatar MEP

          "I found it most interesting that they were less concerned about a swag sneak and more concerned about appearances." Are you saying that the concern is that Cess advertised the giveaways on twitter with the #mom2summit hashtag, instead of just passing them out to friends on the down low?

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          • avatar Wonton Disregard

            The comment was made that they were upset that she broke the rules which devalued their sponsorship. The appearances part was in reference to her bad judgement in general and specifically handing out the personal hygiene item at a breakfast.

            I think they know people hand out swag on the down low. They saw she publicized the swag handouts throughout the conference, hashtagged it (which should have been a huge alarm to the event organizers) and then the icing on the cake was handing it out at a breakfast.

            My interpretation: no one organizing the event cared enough to stop her so she took it to the next level.

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          • avatar igetasay

            Maybe just the image of menstrual blood at breakfast?

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    • avatar Alice Roosevelt

      "it reflected most poorly on the event itself and on Cecily that she handed out the menstrual cups at a breakfast"

      You'd think that a bunch of women who were howling over the WSJ depicting the conference as a mommy mardi gras would be hyperconscious about behaving like the professionals that they claim to be. And I can't speak for everyone else's industries, but in mine, menstrual hygiene is not really appropriate table talk at a networking breakfast.

      I haven't gotten to the point where I actively boycott the brands that sponsor these mommy love-ins, but I'm not really impressed with their strategies or choices in bloggers.

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    • avatar Laura Mayes

      Believe me, we get it. No one takes this as seriously as we do. This is our event we work on year round. We have a strong stated policy that we are going to be enhancing further for 2014 as a direct result of this. no one is more disappointed (and on it) as we are.

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      • avatar Respect privacy and lies OH MY

        The fact she was a speaker in a session just shows you how much she respects you Laura. I hope there are some serious repercussions for Cecily or she's never going to get that she has to follow the same rules as every other person. It was like she was laughing in your face every time she used the Mom2.0 hashtag along with her Diva cups she was handing out everyday, not just on the last day as she said to Mr. Lady last night.

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        • avatar forkicks

          The fact that she was a speaker actually shows how much LAURA respects CECILY in the first place, not the other way around. Which is inexplicable to begin with given all the BS Cecily has pulled even before this. That's why people doubt this will be taken seriously or have any REAL consequences. It's not like people are suddenly discovering anything about Cecily they didn't already know (or disbelieve, in the case of people who keep giving her speaking gigs), it's that she got caught breaking a rule and they're trying to fix that PR problem.

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          • avatar BelindaG

            I doubt that it's respect--more likely fear. Any brand or PR person who ignores Cecily Kellogg will instantly be labeled as a sizeist, classist, something-something, person who discriminates against an Uppercase Woman. CK does have supporters, or toadies as I like to call them, and they will all claim that the PR rep is just a prissy, stuck-up mean grrrl who hates pink hair, extra pounds, working women, and so on.

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  10. avatar Respect privacy and lies OH MY

    JalamityCane shared this in the forum:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22bGbXUnN6o

    (The Diva Cup song)

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  11. avatar igetasay

    People, the reason Laura Mayes isn't saying anything to Cecily is because she can't. She is between a rock and a hard place here. Cecily blatantly violated the rules, sure, but Cecily is a LOSER. She clearly doesn't belong. She sticks out like a sore thumb with polarizing hair. Those girls hate to think of themselves as mean girls because that's exactly what they are. At some level, Cecily knows this, and that's why she violated their rules. It was kind of like a direct challenge to see if they would dare to say openly that she, indeed, does not belong.

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    • avatar CatFreckles

      Those all sound like great reasons to say something. It's not mean if it's true, and are people really cowering about how she can ruin them with a blog post?

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    • avatar Sister Friend

      IF you all go back to the front page of the comments section, it looks like Laura is starting to address the issue there.

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      • avatar igetasay

        Not really. She dances around it. She won't directly say anything publicly to Cecily. She can't, because to do so would be "mean."

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        • God forbid anyone in the blogging world admit that maybe, just this once, that horrible jealous hater site has a point. Can't be seen to agree with GOMI, ever!

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          • avatar Hiding in plain sight

            Give credit where due. She literally said "I agree" in two difference comments on this site and said that they would address it. I'm not sure lots of other conference organizers would be as quick to respond on GOMI, especially to criticism.

            I love the fact that GOMI exists to call out crap (shout out to partypants!), but it also needs to exist to recognize when people are trying to fix the problems pointed out here or else it just gets labeled a "hate site" and dismissed by everyone.

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            • I'll believe it when I see some actual repercussions. She can walk around nodding and smiling in our direction all she wants, but if she invites Cecily back to speak at the next summit it doesn't mean shit.

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              • avatar Hiding in plain sight

                Good point.

                I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt until next year. I thought coming to respond to the post and a lot of the comments was classy. GOMI can be a little intimidating even for those of us who've been around since the beginning.

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              • avatar igetasay

                If she allows Cecily to *attend* the next conference, it doesn't mean anything.

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              • avatar JalamityCane

                I don't think they can "disallow" her to attend. But I do think they can make sure she never pimps anything else.They can also stop inviting her back as a speaker.

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          • avatar Christopher Walken

            Dude, partypants. I enjoy you and this site and all, and I agree, it's not all just hater bitching. But... maybe it would be more palatable for people in the industry to come out and agree with you if you weren't prone to responding to their attempts to respond (and respond well, in Laura's case!) with replies like your above comment that begins, "Yeah we’ll fucking see. Don’t patronize me, I’m not one of your useless mommy gras attendees... etc. etc. facetious reply."

            You aren't going to lose your edge or however you want to put it by being civil...

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            • I am plenty civil 99.9% of the time. But I am not going to bother being polite to some mommy blogger conference planner who comes in here and goads me with her bullshit as she wafts her damage control farts all over my comments section.

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              • avatar freebananas

                "wafts her damage control"

                that's a fair assessment.

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              • avatar Beezus Christ

                I'm with you, PP...means nothing if its not backed up by results. Laura may be genuine, and if so, that's great, and good for her. But she also may be just trying to buy off the controversy with retail manager-type "I'm so sorry, I'll make sure to speak to that rude cashier" and then they just laugh it off when you leave. (I used to be a retail manager and that happened all the time, we'd just try to shut the customer up and placate them so they wouldn't tattle to "corporate".)

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              • avatar Wonton Disregard

                I may need to change my name to "Damage Control Farts" as a farewell to my PR life...

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            • avatar DoubleEntendre

              "Partypants, sweetheart. I mean, I like you, you know? And you can have all your funz on your playground here all you want, but if you would just suck up to anyone who can't dazzle you with success so tries to baffle you with bullshit-- you know; so's I can be comfy-cozy in my own delusions...yeah, could you do that? Because when you compromise your principles, you'll get more warm fuzzies from people like Cecily and her ilk."

              FIXED THAT FOR YA, CW.

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              • avatar Christopher Walken

                Haha. I understand you were trying to be insulting, but a lot of what you said didn't make sense.

                Anyway, in response to what I WAS able to take away...
                There's a huge difference between sucking up and warm fuzzies, and civility.

                My message to partypants was that if the goal is to have the site taken more seriously and not just dismissed as a bunch of angry jawing, then that is not being accomplished.

                This is Laura's first time responding to something brought up here, and she's already being lambasted for things like not taking enough action. Dude. This was JUST brought to her attention, she has to discuss the issue with her coworkers, etc. I understand wanting a concrete answer about what's going to be done, but realistically, don't you understand that she can't give that instantaneously?

                Like a bunch of people here, I work in PR. It's a big reason why I was drawn to this site. I wasn't trying to blow smoke up partypants' ass... I understand her response to me above, and it was perfectly civil-- and as she stated, she IS civil 99% of the time.

                But this 1% example happens to be the time when a leader from one of the organizations critiqued here (that I thought people here wanted to be taken seriously by) actually responded. So... yeah. What do you think people like Laura are going to take away from this?

                I might be all wrong, I mean maybe GOMI really doesn't give a shit about being listened to, and it's more about just airing out the snark, which... fine! I understand that too, in which case my comment would be unnecessary.

                I just wanted to share my thoughts wth a woman who I respect.

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              • avatar Drunken Polka Dot Feet

                I thought Christopher Walken brought up really good points. I understand PP's view to some extent but also was taken aback by the harshness of PP's response. The Internet makes it difficult to interpret meaning behind things (eg the aforementioned "bet") so I understand both how it rubbed PP and others as just PR bs and taking the stance that action speaks louder than placating words but also see how Laura's response could have been meant in an innocent, joking manner and she could (though hell, I'm not her so who knows) have been turned off. We'll see in the next few days, if she goes through CK's tweets, talks with co organizers, and if she actually does something about it NOW to address what really is a big issue, or we'll see if indeed her response was typical placating and then not doing anything about it.

                Franzia all around as we wait!

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      • avatar igetasay

        If Cecily were attractive, articulate, competent . . . Clean, she might say something. But then, we wouldn't be discussing menstrual cups at breakfast in that case.

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        • avatar tuff enuff (AFGHANI)

          This is why I don't get how Cecily has any followers.

          She's basically the grossest person I could imagine, both inside AND out.

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          • avatar forkicks

            Right, it's all not really about whether Laura Mayes is doing enough right now right here to address this particular incident. It's that a "community" of which Laura is a leader has routinely catered to a hypocritical hack and it has finally backfired.

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    • avatar Laura Mayes

      I've said things all throughout this comment thread.

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      • avatar Respect privacy and lies OH MY

        I think she was saying it seems you haven't said anything to Cecily, unless you were the person she swore to "tiny baby unicorn jesus" in an email. She tweeted to Mr. Lady last night that she only handed out Diva Cups on Sunday, despite other tweets (and pictures) from others and her own tweets which said otherwise.

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        • avatar igetasay

          Right. I will be floored if I see a public admonition by Laura Mayes of Cecily. That would shock me.

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          • avatar igetasay

            Directly to Cecily, that is.

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          • avatar Reply Hazy Try Again

            It would be smarter to do it in private. As satisfying as it would be to see Cecily finally held accountable for her actions, she'd turn a public rebuke into a victimfest. It would be the mommyblogger clusterfuck of the year.

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            • avatar igetasay

              Not effectively, she wouldn't. Not with the machinery that Laura has behind her.

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        • avatar JalamityCane

          What the hell does “tiny baby unicorn jesus” mean anyway? What does a unicorn have to do with Jesus, baby or otherwise? Is that Cecily attempting to be hip and edgy again? Was that funny? Is that another way mom bloggers are acting professional? Swearing on anything in business is just ass anyway.

          If someone sent me a letter than contained that phrase I'd roll my eyes and say "Next".

          WSJ was way off base, because Cecily provides the perfect example of how to conduct business.

          Not.

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          • avatar Beezus Christ

            Ugh, that is so awkward...she's trying to be twee and, as you said, hip. That persona doesn't work for you, Cec. Stop it.

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      • avatar Tom Servo

        Some of these comments pre-date yours, Laura, if it seems like there's some disconnect.

        It's good that you're addressing these things here, and it will be interesting to see how Mom 2.0 evolves as a result of this discussion.

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      • avatar NoNopeNuhuh

        Laura, you have no reason to be fearful of Cecily. She has so little power or influence. I know you don't mean to - but you're enabling her. By having her on your Speakers roster time and again, you add credibility to a person who behaves horribly at your conference and has to BEG people to attend her shitty session. It's bad for your brand. And it's reassuring Cec that's she's some kind of "expert" bc she can still get "gigs" like speaking at Mom2. I know you think it's more professional to deal with her privately on this suitcasing incident; the flipside is that most interested people won't KNOW that you ever handled it. I think you need to take a stand and make some sort of public statement while it's still fresh.

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  12. avatar HWW

    Dear Cesspool,
    Please go away with your Diva Cup. You are doing no one a favor with your shamelessness and lack of self-awareness. Just the thought of you handing out Diva Cups at breakfast is gross enough but of course, you have to up the ante with your lies. I really hope you get what's coming to you. You are gross and that's not a mean statement. But of course, you will find an excuse to call it just that.
    Regards,
    HWW

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    • avatar freebananas

      I was introduced to her once at a conference. she didn't know anything about me (which is fine; I'm certainly not in her target demographic) --- later on in the day I heard her (my back was turned) say "and I haven't even met anybody!" (emphasis on the met) and her friend said, "but you met freebananas!" and then they both laughed.
      I am a grown woman and make my living on the internet; I will never ever waste my time on her or her enablers again.

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      • avatar freebananas

        and I realize that this is a petty butthurt reason to not like someone. but my feelings were bruised, and yeah, I did feel butthurt about it. ;-)

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        • avatar Meg Murry

          I would have too.

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        • avatar Tom Servo

          That's legitimate butthurt. What an assy thing for her to say.

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          • avatar oceanbunny

            Very assy thing to say, who the fuck is CecilyK? Just some shrill, no class having woman who passes out Diva Cups at the breakfast table while guzzling down Monster Drinks.

            Sorry that you had to encounter her but I like to think that eventually what we put out comes back to us.

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        • avatar Beezus Christ

          Ew, do not waste any more time on feeling butthurt about that troglodyte. She is a big nobody, and a joke. Ugly both inside and out.

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        • avatar seven-dollar sandwich

          I don't know you from anywhere other than here, and I'd be bragging my ass off that I'd met you.
          She's just horrid.

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          • avatar ILoveDavidTennentSoMuch

            Yep. I'd be stoked to meet freebananas. Anywhere, anyhow.

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      • avatar HWW

        I'm sorry to hear that. That's really cold and shitty. I've never been to any of these conferences and summits but have heard plenty about them. Some of these bloggers have their heads so far up their own asses. In Cesspool's case, at least be cordial and tactful. But then, look who we are talking about...

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      • avatar Kitty Likes to Scratch

        Ugh. She is such a leech. That's a pretty valid reason to be butthurt. And people say GOMIers are the bullies.

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      • avatar Alice Roosevelt

        Wow. Just ... wow. What an asshole move. On both Cecily and her friend's parts. Gross, gross, gross.

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        • avatar igetasay

          It's a cliche, but people who are secure with themselves do not act this way. This is not the behavior of a together, competent, worthwhile individual. You have to just disregard it.

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          • avatar NoNopeNuhuh

            I agree, igetasay. I think it's hard to reconcile when someone is being petty and mean as a way of deflecting or acting out their insecurities. I've had to check myself after being upset by shit that was said about me (and got back to me). But over time, I've learned to not take it personally. You know the saying: "Consider the source".

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            • avatar freebananas

              absolutely. this was a few years ago; I've grown up (and gotten wiser!) since then. :-)

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              • avatar Princess Hal

                I want to know freebananas! I love bananas! I love free! How could I not love freebananas!

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              • avatar DoubleEntendre

                I would be thrilled to meet freebananas, and would never bruise said individual. Or any bunch of individuals.

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              • avatar freebananas

                aw. now I'm a squishy banana!

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  13. avatar igetasay

    I can't figure out if this is helping or hurting Cecily's "brand," honestly.

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    • avatar JalamityCane

      At this point Cecily only hurts her brand but she's on such an ego trip that she doesn't realize it. She thinks she's above it all.

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