Motherhood, performance, and mommy blogs: the political power of maternal online rhetoric
"If you define writing as any kind of scribble, any kind of trying to mark on the world," Gloria Anzaldúa says in an interview with Andrea Lundsford, "And, some of us want to take those marks that are already inscribed in the world and redo them." Language - and thus, writing - has the power to transform, to redefine reality. Autobiographical writing is a performative act that forms - not reflects - identity. Mommy blogs are autobiographical acts with dual performativity: identity and maternity. With performativity, mommy blogs have the power to, as Anzaldúa writes, "rewrite culture." Yet, ...
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