If you’ve ever gone rock climbing, you know what a carabiner is. It’s a small metal loop that you can quickly clip on between your harness and the other various climbing ropes. “Various climbing ropes” is an exclusive rock climbing term.
A carabiner is not however exclusive to rock climbing. It’s used in other high intensity and similarly dangerous activities like caving, spelunking, zip-lining and grocery shopping with a stroller. The latter can vary in degrees of danger depending on how well-rested the strollee is.
The Mommy Hook is a carabiner. Sorry, it’s a large carabiner sold at a premium wherever other carabiners aren’t found. The development and marketing of it is actually quite ingenious. Because it’s just a carabiner sold for a different purpose. There’s virtually no change or alteration to the design of a carabiner. If you wanted to you could just buy a large carabiner and use it like the Mommy Hook, if you didn’t receive a Mommy Hook as a giving birth door prize.
Don’t get me wrong, it does its job perfectly and is a handy stroller accessory. It’s just the name “Mommy Hook” is demeaning to men who push strollers aka fathers. Also, remind me never to use the term “stroller accessory” around the guys either.
It’s not called the Daddy Hook or the Baby Hook or the Stroller Hook, or even the Giant Expensive Carabiner. According to semantics, I’m not supposed to use it. Or when I use it, I’m supposed to hang my head in shame and hope people misread it as the Tommy Hook.
Gender issues aside, the Mommy Hook is a terrible name. It sounds like a Showtime movie about a mother turning to prostitution.
“When the bills were too much, this stay-at-home mom found a new gig. Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall in The Mommy Hook. A Showtime Original.”
There’s no reason for it to have a gender-specific name. It’s not like it’s a tampon or lipstick. It’s a hook to hang groceries from your stroller. A stroller that a man or a woman or a man transforming into a woman could push. Pushing a stroller doesn’t require a uterus, it requires coordination and force. Making a little person to go into the stroller, now that requires a uterus.