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May 2
Mothers With Zines
piggies1.jpg Too many people brush off zines, thinking the whole genre is overloaded with teen-aged hormones.

Over the course of my week-long interview with zine librarian Jenna Freedman, we discussed mothers with zines--an unexpected sub-genre of the zine universe. 


I spent some time exploring motherhood zines via the incomparable Motherhood Uncensored blog.  "I, a professional woman who had previously swore off any thought of functional reproduction," writes Kristen, the industrious writer behind this popular site. 

"[A]m here to bust myths, open eyes, and bring to the light the TRUE realities (both harsh and joyous) of motherhood."


Kristen's website lead me to three interesting zines for mothers, including Fertile Ground Zine.  This publication is edited by Stacey, a writer, urban anthropologist and blogging mother living in Tennessee. 

The Whole Mom Zine is a group-run, web-published zine about motherhood.  The site features active reader forums alongside articles.

Mamazine is another great zine, loaded with thoughtful columns like this essay by Laura Tuley, a mother displaced by the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina

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Would you like to add more motherhood zines to my list? Jump in and leave a comment...

Jason Boog

hi jason, thanks for the mention!

how do you distinguish a webzine from a zine from a blog? to me, a "zine" in its truest form is handmade and distributed by hand or mail.

there's been much discussion about blogs replacing zines which i find very interesting. i think you have to distinguish between mommy bloggers (i hate that term!) and mama zinesters. it's a pretty different aesthetic. my zine is definitely different from my blog.

i hope this doesn't come across snarky, i'm just curious! i have a ton of links to mama zinesters on my zine site btw.

p.s.
i don't know if you discovered this about me or not but i was a PCV in Cameroon from 94-96 :)

Dear Stacey,

I love it! You fit my themes for the last two weeks, perfectly!

As for the zine vs. blog difference, I based my selections on a very simple (too simple!) criteria: if they had "zine" in the title, I added them to my Mothers with Zines list.

I completely agree that these two mediums are radically different, and my guest this week, Jenna Freedman, gave me plenty of advice about the differences between blogs and zines. So stay tuned...

It's always great to hear from a RPCV. You should contact John Coyne over at Peace Corps Writers, he's always looking for more writers...

Cheers,
Jason Boog

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