Two decades ago — long before the endless legions of Mommy Bloggers writing about childbirth like they were the first ones to EVER do it, long before mainstream celebrity culture FETISHIZED babies and motherhood — there was Ariel Gore and her alternative parenting magazine, Hip Mama.
Hip Mama not only changed my life as a poor, isolated, profoundly radicalized mother and writer living in Fresno, California…it changed my life through the many priceless friendships it enabled me to forge with other radical mamas all over the country — mamas who, all these many years later, remain among my oldest and most cherished friends.
There is this WHOLE POWERFUL COMMUNITY OF US — a VAST NETWORK of loyal and loving mamas — spread out all over the world, who, to this day, still support and help and adore each other. These amazing women — and they know who they are — are beloved to me. I would not be the person I am, the mother I am, nor the writer I am without them. They were there for me — ALL FUCKING IN — when no one else was. We have watched our children and each other GROW UP.
And the one who made it ALL possible…is Ariel Gore — who, after a five year hiatus as editor and publisher is BACK FULL FORCE. Having received my first issue of the new incarnation yesterday, I could not be more delighted and excited.
Thank you, Miss Ariel. You changed my life.
So, Mamas and Dads…what are you waiting for?