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May 08, 2007

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I continue to be fascinated by your study on all of this..

Do you not think that blogging Mothers may be using the medium as a release for the crisis of self-identity that many suffer due to the conflicted working environment many find themselves in? If they stay at home with the children, society pressures them into believing their contribution to the collective good is minimized and even selfish. If they remain in the workplace while fulfilling the mothering role, they suffer a disconnect between the careerist/feminists which dominate many businesses, and their own desires to be a good mother. We suffer from a general societal confusion of male and female roles. The lines have blurred. The internet community creates an environment in which alter-roles can be played out that may not agree with reality but which in fact, may be nearer the ideal. -- just thinking out loud. After all, my male mind probably can't grasp the issue anyway.

Ditto what Liz said. Fascinating stuff and very thought provoking!

(The link to IzzyMom is broken. It should be: http://izzymom.com/2006/11/26/342)

I think Panhandle Poet raises an interesting question. Certainly the issues he describes are those many mothers experience. I just find it very difficult to understand how playing them out in an Internet game would provide any meaningful resolution -- maybe aggravate the matter since nothing in the life off the computer would change.

Izzy -- thanks for letting me know about the broken link. I'll fix it here and also in my published full paper.

JoaRed and Panhandle Poet -- yes, these are interesting issues and quite thought-provoking.

Panhandle-poet -- lines are blurred online, that is for sure. Online lives don't have the physical constraints. How will this change us?

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