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Dec 13, 2012

Why the term ‘mummy bloggers’ should be banished

The term "mummy bloggers" -- much in the news of late -- is patronising and sexist, and should be consigned to the rubbish bin.

Jane Caro

Novelist, author and social commentator

Apparently there are bloggers, and then there are “mummy bloggers”.

We were reminded of this recently when the Prime Minister hosted a bunch of them to drinks this week. Similarly, there are doctors and “doctors’ wives”. It is very important that poor unsuspecting readers and voters (and possibly medical patients) know the difference, especially if they are men. Otherwise they run the very real risk of taking the content of such blogs seriously or, in the case of the doctors’ wives, the opinions of such citizens on their merits.

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  1. Venise Alstergren

    Heavens to Betsy, we will have Granny Bloggers if we aren’t careful. Whereas if a grandfather was a blogger; what would he be called? A Gramp blogger?

    OTOH, writing about female issues should, OTW, be confined to women’s magazines, the back pages of the MSM, and their own personal blogs.

  2. Scott

    The fact that the nation’s media and popular culture hasn’t classified an online group as “Daddy Bloggers” is discrimination of the highest order.
    I demand that this group be recognised by the media as an influential minority group so that they too can get invited to drinks by the PM. Then I can bitch about it in left wing media, saying the term “Daddy blogger” is sexist and patronising (even though it might be one way of differentiating these bloggers from the mass of other bloggers out there and be the point of difference that drives people to their sites, increasing their influence)

  3. William Goodrich

    Mummies are from Egypt. Mommies are child-care givers.

  4. Alex

    Apropos: On Ladyblogs, by n+1 magazine from earlier in the year:
    http://nplusonemag.com/on-ladyblogs

  5. milkus1

    The last sentence says it all for me…for all the denial of not being patronising, derogatory and s-xist in the disclaimer, the author tops it off with exactly the opposite.

    “She also does not really believe men keep their brains between their legs. Well, not all of them, anyway.

    The guise of humour, just exposes the true stance of the author towards such qualities she wants us to think she has. “I don’t think all women writers are brainless, well, not all of them.” would certainly not make past the editing desk. Neither statement should be acceptable.

  6. The Pav

    Jane

    Two things

    First a clarification

    When you write”She also does not really believe men keep their brains between their legs. Well, not all of them, anyway.” Does “not all of them” mean All men or all their brains

    Secondly

    Is it OK to have Grumpy Old Fart Bloggers? I think that would not be gender specific although I would guess that most people would assume the masculine would apply.

    Disclaimer…….Just having some fun on an otherwise horrid day

  7. Salamander

    Don’t worry milkus1. Mummies are from Egypt. They are definitely brain-dead.

  8. Charlie Maigne

    I found the article generally unfunny so I’ll skip to the serious point:

    If someone blogs primarily about her experiences and observations as a mother, does that not make her a ‘mummy blogger’? How is that at all misogynistic or patronising? How does it diminish a blogger’s work to label it according to its content? The author herself acknowledges that women who blog about other issues like politics or current affairs are not called ‘mummy bloggers’.

    Sure, we can neuter the terminology with something like ‘parent bloggers’ but the fact is that most of these blogs are mother-centric, and that’s the image that comes to most people’s minds when they think of the genre.

  9. Holden Back

    We have zombie journalists, so we can have mummy bloggers.

  10. Observer

    Those bloggers — the aren’t-we-marvellous-for-procreating-more-middle-class, self-righteous, self-sainting, self-congratulatory and often sneerlingly contemptuous of the fecklessly hedonistic childfree — are, indeed, mummy-bloggers.

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