Recent Blogs have been raging with discussions of Modern Maternal Feminism and how blogging motherhood isn’t really dealing with Feminist subjects. Here’s an excerpt from mommytrcked.com which was actually in response to a Huffington Post article: “Whatever the reasons for the separation between moms and mainstream feminism, it will be disappointing if we don’t close the gap soon — particularly when more women from my generation of feminists start to have kids,” wrote Nona Willis Aronowitz.
“Keeping family issues off the feminist radar ‘is keeping our power defused,’ [Chicago-based feminist blogger Veronica] Arreola says. It’s also going to force me to file six months’ paid maternity leave under ‘wishful thinking’ when I decide to become a mother.”
How can those in political/activist circles help repair the breach?
“The fact is, American society is still not very kid-friendly, and that extends to activist circles,” Willis Aronowitz said. “A tangible way to get moms more involved in feminism — or any kind of activism — is to make children more welcome in public spaces. If more organizations provided free childcare at events and conferences that would be a start. Not having meetings at 10 p.m. in a bar would help, too. Moms also have to be able to choose their level of involvement (another reason why blogs and social networking sites are perfect venues for feminist moms).”
There IS of course HOPE out there. Mamapalooza Festivals, which target women’s issues and family art and activism, have been creating large-scale events that empower women and are inclusive of children since 2002. So YIPPEE, the ‘Feminist Mom’ is here and she’s rockin’. ~ Joy Rose Follow Joy on Twitter
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