Are you freaking kidding me?

Here's a clipping from the latest seasonal issue of my alumni magazine. At first, I figured, "hey, look, another thesis being written about online communities. And this time it's one I can semi-relate to". And then it seems to lose all credibility. Click to embiggenate, if you can't read it as it's posted.




I'm not one for writing in letters to the editor (can you even do that on to your alumni magazine?), but seriously, if this is accurate, is there actually PhD research based on these trite questions? Are they transgressive?

I have a feeling that Friedman is in for an eye-opening experience. And if she needs any help identifying the power of the mommyblog (as more than just a mothering narrative [gag]), perhaps a trip to BlogHer will help her with that PhD. And if she can't get that far, she can always get in touch with the uber-connected Her Bad Mother. And really, isn't anonymity overrated these days?

Discuss.

Posted bythemikestand at 7:22 AM  

6 stepped up to the mike:

Karen said... 8:51 AM, May 31, 2008  

Uh.

What is it with the whole "mommyblog" thing? First it's The Today Show's air quotes, with Dooce sitting right there, and now this.

Once we give birth we are incapable of feeling, thinking, and especially expressing what we think or feel, is that it?

Uh. Yeah. Your title. That.

I don't get why this is such a fascinating niche for people to study. We are people. Who are bloggers. Some of us happen to be mothers. Kids are a part of life for those who have kids, so we write about that. Grr.

I know, I'm preaching to the choir here.

But 10 years ago it was "soccer moms", now this. Methinks there is some amorphous someone out there who is a little afraid of women who think. Or women in general. Women who vote, maybe?

Sizzle said... 10:37 AM, May 31, 2008  

I just got thrown back to my college years with that bullshit theory crap. I studied women's studies in college.

Why can't people just leave mommybloggers alone?

SRH said... 3:34 PM, May 31, 2008  

Won't somebody please think about the children?!?!?

Rita Arens said... 1:06 PM, June 02, 2008  

I think this person should start with memoirists, as there is really no difference. Why is mommyblogging so hard to understand?

Candy said... 10:42 AM, June 03, 2008  

I dunno, she lost me at the line about her 1976 thesis. Has anyone told her things have changed in 42 years? Has any one mentioned the internet was created? I'm just curious.

themikestand said... 11:10 PM, June 03, 2008  

candy: I think you mean 32 years. And while I think the sentiment is right (i.e. ancient thinking), I really don't need to add another decade to my already advanced age :)

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