leigh57 (leigh57) wrote,

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Questions on fandom and motherhood

I've noticed, particularly since I've spent some time recently looking at tumblr (although there were a couple incidents before that, too), that generally speaking, fandom has some pretty serious and perplexing issues with the idea of motherhood. The vibes I'm getting come from a lot of places, but one example would be this quote that I came by via [personal profile] dealan311 on tumblr:

And if a woman should say she doesn’t want to have children at all, the world is apt to go decidedly peculiar: ‘Ooooh, don’t speak too soon,’ it will say — as if knowing whether or not you’re the kind of person who desires to make a whole other human being in your guts, out of sex and food, then have the rest of your life revolve around its welfare, is a breezy, ‘Hey - whevs’ decision. Like electing to have a picnic on an unexpectedly sunny day or changing the background picture on your desktop. ‘When you meet the right man, you’ll change your mind, dear,’ the world will say, with an odd, aggressive smugness.

Caitlin Moran, “How to Be a Woman”

I'm going to write a meta post on the subject at some point soon. However, before I do that, I wanted to ask you guys for your thoughts.

+++ How do you feel about the way in which TV/books/movies portray moms?
+++ How do the fandoms in which you play seem to feel about the idea of motherhood?
+++ How does being a mom relate to being a BAMF?
+++ Is there anything about this issue that I'm likely to overlook because I am a mom?

Hit me up with your thoughts if you have time. And in celebration of what I do absolutely love about tumblr, I leave you with this .gif:)


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Tags: fandom woe, meta
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