Mommyblogs and the Changing Face of Motherhood

Author: May Friedman
Published: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2013 (200 pages)


May Friedman | Mommyblogs and the Changing Face of Motherhood

Mothers have consistently relied upon one another for guidance and support as  they navigate the difficult world of parenting. For many women, the increasingly  established online community of “mommyblogs” now provides a source of  camaraderie and support that acknowledges both the work of mothering and the  implications of its undertaking. Beyond their capacity to entertain, how have  mommyblogs shifted our understanding of twenty-first-century motherhood?

In examining the content of hundreds of mommyblogs, May Friedman considers  the ways that online maternal life writing provides a front row seat to some of  the most raw, offbeat, and engaging portraits of motherhood imaginable. Focusing  on the composition of the “mamasphere” and on mommyblogs’ emphasis on  connection, Friedman reveals the changing face of contemporary motherhood – one  less concerned with the proscriptions of what good mothers should do, and more  invested in what diverse mothers have to say.