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Mothering and Blogging
May 2009




Mothering and Blogging:
The Radical Act of the MommyBlog
edited by May Friedman and Shana L. Calixte

Mothering and Blogging

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May 2009
204 pages $24.95


At the 2005 BlogHer conference writer and mommyblogger Alice Bradley (finslippy.com) responded to criticisms that mommyblogging was solipsistic and self-indulgent by stating that “Mommyblogging is a “radical act.” This collection seeks to interrogate this emergent genre in all its contradiction and complexity, looking equally at the ways that mommyblogs benefit some mothers while relegating others to the margins. Most importantly, however, this collection sheds light on a growing and overwhelming site of maternal narrative where many mothers are able to take on the “radical act” of speaking for themselves.

“With wit and candour, this book deconstructs concepts of ‘mommy’ and motherhood, offering a unique set of perspectives that capture the tension between women’s individual and collective personal, cultural, and political identities and experiences as lived through new technologies.”
- Krista Scott-Dixon, author of Doing IT: Women Working in Information Technology

Shana L. Calixte is a PhD candidate in the School of Women’s Studies at York University and a sessional lecturer in the Department of Women’s Studies at Laurentian University. Her current academic work is focused on examining the histories of Caribbean Girl Guide associations, girlhood, sexuality and HIV/AIDS education. She is also reconnecting with her love of Hip Hop music, teaching courses on Girl Cultures and Hip Hop Feminisms. She lives with her partner and son Leandré in Sudbury.

May Friedman combines social work with graduate studies and, of course, mothering. One of her most cherished activities is sitting on the sofa reading mommyblogs, an activity she hopes to put to work in the context of her forthcoming dissertation.


Click here for the flyer about the Mothering and Blogging Launch
at the Toronto Women's Bookstore
February 26, 2010

Mommyblogging the cheapest form of therapy
Women share their triumphs, struggles online, October 26, 2009, Canada.com

Mommyblogging is a way for moms to share the good, bad and ugly, YFile, October 26, 2009

Mothering and Blogging Review at Unwellness.com

Mothering and Blogging Review at Postcards from the Mothership

Mothering and Blogging Review at Pickle Me This

Table of Contents

May Friedman and Shana Calixte

Foreword: Small World: Maternal blogging, virtual friendship, and the computer-mediated self
            Judith Stadtman Tucker

Chapter One: Someone Else's Shoes: How On-Blog Discourse Changed a Real Life Adoption                 
           Dawn Friedman

Chapter Two: Blogging Pregnancy: Ultrasonography, Connectivity and Identity Construction
            Julie Palmer

Chapter Three: I Kid You Not: How the Internet Talked Me Out of Traditional Mommyhood
            Jennifer Gilbert

Chapter Four: Kindred Keyboard Connections: How Blogging Helped a Deafblind Mother Find
a Living, Breathing Community        
            Lisa Ferris

Chapter Five: Marginality in the Mamasphere: Queers Racializing the Family Tree
            Shana Calixte and Jillian Johnson

Chapter Six: Meter Politikon: On the “politics” of mommyblogging
            Catherine Conners

Chapter Seven: Blog for Rent: How marketing is changing our mothering conversations
            Jen Lawrence

Chapter Eight: LesbianFamily.org: Expanding the Understanding of Motherhood and Visibility
of Lesbians, or "Um. If you don't mind my asking…how does a lesbian get pregnant?"
            Liza Barry-Kessler

Chapter Nine: Beyond Cute: A mom, a blog, and a question of content
            Melissa Wilkins

Chapter Ten: Blogging the Romanian Mother: “Motherhood” and “Mothering” Intertwined
            Oana Petrica

Chapter Eleven: Web 2.0, Meet the Mommyblogger
            Ann Douglas

Chapter Twelve: Schadenfreude for Mittelschmerz?  Or, Why I Read Infertility Blogs
            May Friedman

DOWN THERE!”: Celebrity Moms, Babies, and Blogs
            Elizabeth Podnieks

Contributor Biographies

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