My baby was born shortly after my twenty-second birthday. My eight-year-old nerd in tulle skirts and ripped jeans has made me see things differently, and inspires me to make some positive change in the world. She is my favourite song and my first love.
I will admit the girl is annoying. I always joke about her being the worst roommate ever. We’re a small family in a small apartment. It’s her, three cats, me, and recently my partner who is out of the country most of the time. I need alone time. I have always found a retreat in reading and writing. A strange getaway from parenthood considering I write a lot about it.
After I became pregnant it came to my attention that all parents of all walks of life face societal expectations regarding how they parent. And so my blog was born. Full of those awesome comebacks I thought of too late ( feel free to use them), my own confusion, being a mom, and research on what media, consumerism, feminism, and classicism have to do with raising a family. Along with pictures, videos, and snarky comments to make you smile.
I also maintain a blog, Gender Block, for This Magazine and run FIRE- Feminist Internet Resource Exchange. I’ve been published in print in This Magazine, Now Magazine and Missy/Ink Magazine. My work has been online at The Establishment, Anokhi Media, Broken Pencil, Oshawa Space Invaders, Downtown Oshawa News, Parkbench, and OshaWhat Magazine.
My online portfolio is at HillaryDiMenna.com
Fun fact: The blog’s tagline, “There can’t be a good mother without a bad mother to compare her to,” is a paraphrasing from Molly Ladd-Taylor’s ‘Mother-Worship/Mother-Blame: Politics and Welfare in an Uncertain Age‘