There has been a huge amount of hype lately over blogging, ‘mummy blogging’, women writers, and what their role is, how they are perceived and whether or not their contribution is taken seriously (or should be?)
Mandy Lee, writing for the Women’s Weekly, hates the term ‘Mummy blogger’.
“Just as women’s unpaid work in the home is dismissed as less important than paid work, so has women’s writing been swept under the title of ‘mummy bloggers’.
This careful labelling implies that women writers have nothing to contribute beyond their reproductive status.”
I get that, one of the things I hate most in the world is having someone condescending to me. It drives me crazy. Still, from a somewhat more detached point of view, I think I personally am more in line with Eden’s way of looking at things…
Underestimate “mummybloggers” at your peril, for the collective online power they can wield is immense, and only just being recognised in Australia.
You want to think of me as a ‘soft’ vote? An ‘easy’ mark or God forbid a ‘simple mum’… go for it, and watch it bite you right in your sanctimonious backside. The fact that being a mother has changed and coloured my perceptions of everything from laundry to geopolitics is inescapable… but my greater experience with the former doesn’t push all knowledge of and interest in the latter from my brain. Oh you had better believe I’ve got opinions! I’ve got idea’s, theories and a powerful urge towards self-expression. I’ve got a community which is articulate, intelligent and learning. We’re taking on projects, we’re acquiring new skills and we’re slowly but surely fighting back the isolation and fear that has kept many of us indoors and quiet for a long time.