Here I am being interviewed for a piece at The Wheeler Centre called “Mummy Bloggers: Taking Control or Being Patronised?”. But never mind me, the article includes some really smart quotes from other Australian women writers (who also happen to be friends), like this from Penni Russon:
Russon thinks the term ‘probably began as media sniffiness about blogging in general’. She says, ‘A mummy blogger is to writing what knitting is to fine art (and I deliberately chose knitting as allegory because it’s actually quite hard and some people do it beautifully and even make money out of it). However, the term is picking up marketing and political cachet: ‘Mummy’ bloggers represent the ‘mummy voters’ and ‘the mummy dollar’.’
From Tracy Crisp:
Crisp, a novelist and stand-up comedian, says she ‘wouldn’t mind’ being labelled as a mummy blogger, though she thinks her blog is too varied to fall into the niche. ‘There’s a lot I don’t like about the label ‘mummy blogging’,’ she says. ‘I don’t like the implicit dismissal of women and women’s voices. There’s a direct relationship between that and the discussion of women’s voices in literature.
And from Cristy Clark:
It’s labelling from the outside that she particularly dislikes; she can see why some bloggers have adopted ‘mummy blogger’ for themselves. ‘Partly out of pride and partly because people like to belong to a group. The experience of motherhood can be overwhelming and all-consuming at first and naturally people want to reach out to others in a similar position in order to make sense of it and to counter the sense of crushing isolation that can accompany that first phase of motherhood.’