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17 Reasons Why We Should Immediately Stop Stereotyping Mothers

"I've been a phone sex operator since my son was 7."

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us how they break the "mom" stereotype, and we've definitely got some badass moms out there! Check out what they do for fun below.

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4. "I just got my septum pierced after breastfeeding three kids for 15 months each. I've only had it a couple weeks and have already had FIVE people tell me I don’t seem like the 'mom type,' or they say, 'You’re a mother, why would you do that?'"

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"It was a celebration of complete and utter body autonomy after seven years of either being pregnant or breastfeeding. It's unreal that some think tattoos and piercings somehow exempt a person from seeming like a parent!"

Christina K

6. "Well, I've been a phone sex operator since my son (who's now 13) was 7, so that's something atypical. I don't really think there is a 'mom stereotype' in this generation, though."

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7. "My mom's friend is the first woman endodontist in our county who is also opening up three other practices for fun. She takes dancing lessons, is learning to fly a plane, was a body builder, and just wrote a book about her life."

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12. "I was recently cast as Shelby in Steel Magnolias in my hometown community theatre! I'm obviously no Julia Roberts, but I knew that it was important to me to not lose my identity as a woman and what I loved to do in the midst of motherhood."

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16. "I perform in The Rocky Horror Picture Show! This is a pic from our Harry Potter-themed show where I played Janet Weiss. We perform once a month, and after having my son, I still have fun doing this with my husband!"

17. "I AM in a beer club… but overall I LOVE being a 'mom stereotype.' I spend 99% of my time cleaning, planning, cooking, reffing little people fights, and helping my husband."

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"I am gonna 'mom' it up like Carol Brady for as long as possible.😄"

—Paizley Longino, Facebook

Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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