‘Mommy Bloggers’ to be Ashamed?

Posted: July 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

In Lopez’s article of “The Radical Act of ‘Mommy Blogging’: Redefining Motherhood through the Blogosphere”, the title pretty much says it all. Lopez argued to redefine the term “mommy blogging” because it is marginalized through the media with certain expectations of how we view a mother should be. The idea of motherhood is socially constructed where mothers are expected to be perfect. Women that blog about their children and family were called mommy bloggers, although not taken as seriously as the other women bloggers who write about politics, technologies, and current events. The mommy bloggers generally shared their experiences, stories and advices to other moms, creating a supportive online community. These women feel acceptance and support from other bloggers/readers that share the similar interests/stories. Readers become attached to the bloggers because it is written in a non-intimidating way. People respond to “real” stories because they feel they can relate to it.

When women began participating in the blogosphere, it was a challenge to the discourses surrounding women being in the private sphere (home life) and men dominating the public sphere (politics, economics, etc). When women entered the blogosphere are challenging the idea that women should only be in the private sphere. They are participating in the public sphere in their own ways, through blogging. Some women bloggers even reinforce the idea that mommy blogging is not good enough. They differentiate themselves from being categorized as mommy bloggers. When women cannot even collectively support each other in different roles, it only weakens our efforts to become equals to our male counterparts. Subject topics should not be limited to only “public” topics. By bringing the “private” subjects to light, we open up the possibilities of creating awareness for issues in the home.

The term mommy bloggers tend to be demeaning, the idea that women only talk about their family and children and are oblivious to the world outside of their home. It is a misconception because some of these mothers are also working as well as raising their family. The role of the mom is always seen to be a caregiver and solely only that. Historically, mothers who perform other responsibilities (such as work) were judged to be a terrible mother because they are not focusing 100% of their attention and efforts on their family. Should mommy bloggers be subjected to discourses that limit them to only concentrate on their family? Are mothers not capable of discussing politics and world events? I believe they are definitely capable of doing so, except they choose not to. Just because someone wants to talk about their family does not mean they are any less educated or uninterested about the world events. The internet allows women to expand their interests beyond just the public topics such as politics and economics. By feminizing the “public” sphere, we are challenging the idea of women and men belonging to separate spheres. In order to move forward in our quest for equality, a mommy blogger should be treated as an equal to the man who blogs about the recent political scandal.

I’ve attached a link showing how women felt about being called a mommy blogger. Feel free to respond/comment on the subject.

http://www.blogher.com/what-do-you-think-term-mommyblogger

~ Tien (Tina) Vuu

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