In honor of women’s history month, Ms. Magazine‘s blog is running a “Future of Feminism” series – celebrating the past by looking toward the future. Every day the site will profile a different feminist organization, person, site, etc… and I’ve been enjoying the few that have already posted.
I was so excited when I heard about the series that I just had to get in on the action. I ended up writing a couple of posts for it, and one went up yesterday. “Not Your Ordinary Mother’s Blog” takes a look at the phenomenon of feminist parenting blogs. You know, blogs like this one.
When I was deciding what I wanted to write about for the series, I knew I at least had to give a shout out to my fellow mamas and papas that write within the feminist blogosphere. I knew it would only be a short piece (in keeping with the rest of the series), a virtual fist bump if you will, but it was an important one in my mind.
A few months ago I wrote about feeling left out in yet another mainstream article that discussed feminist websites/blogs. It wasn’t that *I* personally felt left out, but rather that the entire genre of feminist parents were overlooked…yet again. So when I had the chance to add to Ms.‘ series, I jumped at it.
A few things to note: The format of the series is just a small little glimps into these “Future of Feminism” folk, so I was a bit limited in how much I could dig in and explore this topic. That being said, it prompted me to express to my editor my desire to not only further explore this niche within feminist blogs, but to also explore other niche feminist sites/blogs that might not get the kudos/recognition when mainstream media looks at the feminist blogosphere.
Thankfully, the folks at Ms. totally get it – they understand that there is so much richness and general awesomeness to explore within feminist space online. And so… I’m excited to announce that I’ll soon be starting a (semi) regular series/column for Ms. blog where I’ll be profiling/interviewing various sites/blog/tumblrs/vlogs/etc… within the feminist sphere. Each post will be an in-depth look at a different site (or 2 or 3 within the same sub-genre). I will definitely be revisiting feminist parenting sites, as well as searching the ‘net for other feminist gems that should not be missed. I will undoubtedly ask (repeatedly) for your own suggestions, and you can start by leaving some today down in the comments. Share a blog and let me know where it falls within the feminist blogosphere.
In the meantime… here’s the list of feminist parenting bloggers I linked to in my Ms. post, with a little bit more about each of them (and their twitter handles!). Don’t be shy – check them out – I promise you’ll stumble across something amazing within all of them:
Birthing Beautiful Ideas: Offers a feminist perspective on pregnancy, birth, and parenting from the point of view of a woman who is a doula, PhD candidate in philosophy, and mother of three. Her goal is to provide a space for constructive and lively dialogue on these issues (though she has been known to delve into a good dose of snarkiness every now and then). @BirthingKristen
The Feminist Breeder: Ex-Rocker turned concerned mother, pre-law student, doula, and childbirth educator. She writes about feminism, maternal and fetal health, and her three rambunctious kids. @FeministBreeder
First The Egg: A feminist reflection on contemporary pregnancy, birth, and parenting cultures—featuring book reviews, links, and cultural criticism. It’s also deeply personal, rooted in the day-to-day experiences of a currently-pregnant scholar parenting a five-year-old. @MollyWesterman
Lesbian Dad: A personal essay/photography blog about parenthood generally, and lesbian parenthood in particular, with especial attention to the experiences of non-birth and/or butch mums and the many larger questions their unique kind of parenthood opens up. @LesbianDad
The Mamafesto: Focusing on the way feminism and motherhood intersect and the day to day narrative that accompanies raising a son who unwittingly challenges traditional gender stereotypes. @TheMamafesto
Mama Nervosa: “At Mama Nervosa, we believe in real, messy, unstaged and unstyled life. We want the blog to reflect our reality, and the reality of other mothers/families/people out there.” @MamaNervosa
The Radical Housewife: Dedicated to revolutionizing American family values one dirty diaper at a time. The Radical Housewife is a writer, at-home parent, and activist serving her fifth term as president of Minnesota NOW, she makes righteous indignation fun. @radicalhw
The Six Year Itch: An irreverent take on feminism, motherhood and not wearing pants. Liz Henry is a birth mother, pseudo wife and mother of a nine-year old. She, so far, has survived among the mombies. @sixyearitch
Standing In The Shadows: Offers a feminist slant on parenting four kids, preschool to high school–with particular attentions to politics, pop culture and the planet, along with plain old life. @standshadows
Viva LaFeminista: A blog written by a feminist activist who also happens to be a mom. Veronica Arreola explores the intersection of feminism and motherhood while discussing topics such as public education, reproductive justice and pop culture. @VeronicaEye
wood turtle: A Canadian Muslim mama and feminist trying to negotiate both faith and feminism in her community. She writes frequently about genderized Islamophobia, women’s inclusion in the mosque, her cute babies and works toward dispelling myths and stereotypes about women in Islam for both Muslims and non. @woodturtle