Fem2.0 Twittercast: Mommies and Feminists – The Great Divide

This week, we're doing the Twittercast originally scheduled for Mother's Day:

Fem2.0 Twittercast: Mommies and Feminists - The Great Divide
Sunday, May 18, 2009, 10 PM EST
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Moderators: Veronica Arreola and Tifanei Moyer

There is an apparent disconnect betweet mom bloggers & feminist bloggers. What lives at the intersection of feminism & motherhood? Why isn't adoption more of a feminist issue on both sides - the adoptive mom & the birth mom? How can we get non-mom feminists to speak out more on mom issues or connect to mom issues? Why aren't mom issues a top issue when anyone thinks of feminist issues?

Veronica Arreola says on Fem2.0:

But even if all of them were political uberfeminists, corporate media isn't showcasing them as such... Are there political/feminist moms blogging? Hell yes! Is corporate media paying attention? Nope.

In The Nation magazine this week, in her article, "Raising the Baby Question," Nona Willis Aronowitz writes:

It may seem like a tall order to unite moms and feminists, push young women to be prescient about their futures and totally overhaul the way the nation views child-rearing. But it's possible, and it's necessary.

Should a lively discussion, and we hope you'll join!

Meanwhile, on the Fem2.0 blog, we also have terrific pieces contributed by On the Issues magazine.:

Higher Ground, Not Common Ground, by Merle Hoffman
To Run the World, Power Up Feminism, by Gloria Feldt

  • http://www.theturnerreport.com Suzanne

    I am a mom and a feminist. However, I wonder if one thing that prevents moms — especially young moms — from becoming feminists is simple exhaustion. Also, some people are less apt to “label” themselves politically. Politics is something “other people” do. That’s one of the reasons I have so much respect for Moms Rising — they seem to take issues of real immediate concern to moms and help their members make political hay out of them. Who, for example, wouldn’t support paid sick days for moms — especially in the midst of a swine flu scare. Who doesn’t enjoy a video of themselves as the best mother in the world, with the *subversive* ;o) message of pay equity running along the bottom of the video? Anyway – to bring people in that don’t self-identify politically, you have to speak to their self interest and make it easy for them. Especially if they’re already juggling motherhood, jobs & etc etc etc.

  • http://momocrats.typepad.com/momocrats/2009/05/double-x-double-slam-women-marginalized-more-than-ever.html Julie Pippert

    In my response to Nona both at The Nation and Feministing, and on our MOMocrats site in my article, “Double X Double Slam: Women, Mothers Marginalized More Than Ever?” ( http://momocrats.typepad.com/momocrats/2009/05/double-x-double-slam-women-marginalized-more-than-ever.html) I’ve been arguing that there is NOT a disconnect between moms who blog and feminism. I still believe that, but I keep seeing proved over and over, first in Nona’s article and in each place referencing it, a total and massive overlook of that. So I guess Nona is more than half right: there is a disconnect between feminist groups and moms.

    In reply to my article, a reader asked, “So: what’s the consequence of her argument? In what way does the movement suffer if she doesn’t see it?”

    Here’s the consequence, right here.

    A feminist group asserting mommies aren’t part of feminism—that there is a great divide.

    Very disappointing. Very.

    I think I am seeing a divide being constructed.

    Also disappointed to see things labeled as “mom issues.” What are these anyway? Health care? Education? Family leave? fair pay? Those are ALL OF US issues. Moms just happen to be some of the most vocal advocates for them.

  • http://momocrats.typepad.com/momocrats/2009/05/double-x-double-slam-women-marginalized-more-than-ever.html Julie Pippert

    I just want to add: active feminist mom bloggers, such as the MOMocrats, are great ambassadors into the parenting community. The best premise for a chat is how to expand upon and advance our mutual goals, rather than creating a construct of a divide and focusing on what’s allegedly not being done—when it is being done widely and largely—and expect that to be appealing to feminist moms. We can’t start at “there is this divide” and expect that to be motivational and inclusive to parents. We shouldn’t start by talking about what all moms aren’t doing and why they aren’t doing it. Clearly (oh so-too-painfully-clearly) there is a disconnect, as NONA states, between some feminists (nonmoms and moms) and feminist moms knowing what each are doing for the feminism cause. Why not instead start with “we want to connect more, let’s build a bridge…okay now how can we expand and advance our goals?”

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