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Mommy Blogs

  • By: May Friedman
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Mommy blogs are online journals (Web logs) written by women documenting the experiences of motherhood and motherwork. Most mommy blogs have been written since 2005, and the number is increasing exponentially. The majority of these narratives document the minutiae of care for young children as well as personal reflections on maternal identity and ambivalence. In Web parlance, the collection of mommy blogs are termed the mama-sphere (sometimes momosphere), drawing from the term blogosphere as a broader designation for the online world of bloggers.

Mommy blogs are sites of both homogeneity and diversity: while the majority of mommy blogs are written by white, middle-class, partnered women in heterosexual relationships, there are nonetheless a smaller number of blogs that represent a much wider range of maternal experience, in ...

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