Slide 6: Deirdre Burroughs (Running with Scissors)
Deirdre Burroughs first appeared in Augusten Burroughs best-selling memoir Running With Scissors, and then was later embodied by Annette Bening in a film adaptation of that same book. If the 70s super mom wanted it all—home, career, children, creative expression—Deirdre was content with leaving children off her list. A bipolar, narcissistic poet who leaves her son in the crazed household of a pedophile psychotherapist in order get some "me" time, Deirdre saw parenting as an inconvenient truth to be argued away. In the book, she treats abandoning her son as a parting of two mature, consenting adults: "You are an adult," she said. "You're thirteen years 7old. You've got a mind and a will of your own. And I have my own needs right now. My writing is very important to me and I should hope that it would be important to you."