Mommyblogs and the Changing Face of Motherhood

By May Friedman

© 2013

Mothers have consistently relied upon one another for guidance and support as they navigate the difficult world of parenting. For many women, the increasingly established online community of “mommyblogs” now provides a source of camaraderie and support that acknowledges both the work of mothering and the implications of its undertaking. Beyond their capacity to entertain, how have mommyblogs shifted our understanding of twenty-first-century motherhood?

In examining the content of hundreds of mommyblogs, May Friedman considers the ways that online maternal life writing provides a front row seat to some of the most raw, offbeat, and engaging portraits of motherhood imaginable. Focusing on the composition of the “mamasphere” and on mommyblogs’ emphasis on connection, Friedman reveals the changing face of contemporary motherhood – one less concerned with the proscriptions of what good mothers should do, and more invested in what diverse mothers have to say.

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Beyond their capacity to entertain, how have mommyblogs shifted our understanding of twenty-first-century motherhood?

Mommyblogs and the Changing Face of Motherhood

By May Friedman

© 2013

Mothers have consistently relied upon one another for guidance and support as they navigate the difficult world of parenting. For many women, the increasingly established online community of “mommyblogs” now provides a source of camaraderie and support that acknowledges both the work of mothering and the implications of its undertaking. Beyond their capacity to entertain, how have mommyblogs shifted our understanding of twenty-first-century motherhood?

In examining the content of hundreds of mommyblogs, May Friedman considers the ways that online maternal life writing provides a front row seat to some of the most raw, offbeat, and engaging portraits of motherhood imaginable. Focusing on the composition of the “mamasphere” and on mommyblogs’ emphasis on connection, Friedman reveals the changing face of contemporary motherhood – one less concerned with the proscriptions of what good mothers should do, and more invested in what diverse mothers have to say.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Informative and readable volume… Mother’s stories interspersed throughout the work help make the world of mommyblogging come alive. The authors’ theoretical reflections add further value – especially for researchers, and for college instructors who teach courses in gender, family, or parenting.’


    R. LaRossa
    CHOICE Magazine; vol 50:11:2013

    ‘There are too many gems here that are worth your while. The new and, for me, very original concepts are sprinkled around like jewels, and they make reading the book worth your time and trouble.’

    ‘Mommyblogs is a dream of good scholarship.’


    Lolita Lark
    Ralph: Review of Art, Literature, Philosophy, and Humanities, number 243: Fall 2013

    ‘I enjoyed reading Mommyblogs and the Changing Face of Motherhood, a book that makes an important contribution to motherhood studies. May Friedman pays excellent attention to the complexity of bloggers and what they mean for our understanding of contemporary motherhood. I also appreciate how well-versed Friedman is in terms of the theories she uses to analyze mommyblogs.’
    D. Lynn O’Brien-Hallstein, College of General Studies, Rhetoric Division, Boston University
  • Author Information

    May Friedman is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University and the author of the award-winning Mommyblogs and the Changing Face of Motherhood.
  • Table of contents

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    The Emergence of Networked Communication and the Birth of Blogs

    Mommyblogs: The Term

    Why Do Mothers Blog?

    What Mommyblogs Offer: The Theoretical Frameworks

    Limitations of the Genre: The Digital Divide

    Authenticity: Do Mommyblogs Tell the Truth?

    About This Book

    Chapter 2: A Short History of the Mamasphere and the Discursive Construction of Motherhood

    How Blogging Happens

    Creation of the Mamasphere

    How Do We Read Mommyblogs?

    Life Writing Theory: The “Self-in-the-Writing”

    Chapter 3: On Hybridity: The Diversity and Multiplicity of the Mamasphere

    Motherhood from the Margins: The Need for Diverse Motherhood Stories

    Transnationalism and Hybridity: Gaza Mom

    Mainstream Black motherhood: The Young Mommy Life

    Motherhood and Ethnicity: Devis with Babies

    Mothering and Power: The Dominatrix Next Door

    Anonymity: The Renegade Rebbetzin

    Gender and Normativity: Transgender Mom and Unwellness

    Contradictory and Convergent Motherhoods: Fannfare and Friday Playdate

    Hybridity and Advocacy: Dream Mom and Live from the Wang of America

    Interrupting Good Motherhood: Peter’s Cross Station and Any Mommy Out There?

    Writing from the Centre: Starbloggers and Hybridity

    Why Does Hybridity Matter? What Does Hybridity Offer?

    Chapter 4: On the Cyborg: Dialogism, and Collective Stories

    The Cyborg Mother Relationality

    “Whuffie”: Popular Mommybloggers On Temporality

    The Multidimensional Cyborg: The Mamasphere’s Collective Mother

    Chapter 5: On Queer: A Liminal and Unfixed Motherhood

    History of Queer Theory

    Illuminating the Queer Mother

    Changing the Subject: Destabilizing Individuality

    From “Mother” to “Mothering”

    Queering the Kids: Mommyblogging and Privacy

    Making the Queer Shift

    Chapter 6: Conclusions

    Precariousness of the Medium

    Monetization and a Changing Voice

    Moving Forward

    Appendix A: List of blogs selected for primary research

    References

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