hip mama!

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?




About muffybolding

Muffy Bolding is a mother/writer/actor/knitter/feminist/withered debutante who likes the smell of asparagus pee, and remains obsessed with the bathroom hygiene of her three children -- despite the fact that they are 23, 19, and 16. She is blissfully married to a cute Jewish boy who looks like Willie Wonka, but remains tragically in love with the dead poet, Ted Hughes. She has the mouth of a Teamster, and her patron saint is Rocco (pestilence relief.) Ms. Bolding lives in Southern California, where she enjoys typing words, making movies, and plucking the rings from the fingers of the dead. She was the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of the award winning satire zine, Fresno Lampoon, and in between writing screenplays, carnival barking, and savagely threatening her trio of darling larvae with a wooden spoon, she currently publishes the zine, "Withered Debutante." More of her work can also be found in the anthology, "Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts", the compilation zine, "Mamaphiles III: Coming Home", as well as in The Cortland Review and hipmama.com. She is currently writing and producing for film and television, and working on a book of essays entitled, "Inside A Chinese Dragon." She has slept around, but not nearly as much as she would have liked.
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