Recongizing the Diversity of urbanMamas
We were surprised the other day, when we heard in passing that urbanMamas seemed to be a homogeneous community geared toward "privileged" stay-at-home moms. The judgment felt ironic to hear, especially since this site is maintained and operated in the off-hours by a handful of mamas, who are all full-time working mamas. We receive many emails and requests in any given day, and we do our darndest to publish all of them. We hear from stay-at-home mamas, single mamas, working mamas. We are middle-income mamas, lower-income mamas, and higher-income mamas. We are mamas who live in Portland, and we are mamas who live beyond. We are all of it, here on urbanMamas.
Maybe it's us, but we pride ourselves in the diversity among us. We love all of you, mamas and papas and many other caregivers, who come to urbanMamas to contribute your honest thoughts and respectful perspectives. And, they are not all the same. It rang true when we flipped through comments in a recent thread on saving for college. We are in different places, financially. We are different parents, philosophically. We are have different backgrounds, inherently.
We all have struggles as mamas, and we are here to share thoughts, commiserate, find support.
Certainly there is a certain profile of the mama who feels most comfortable actively participating in our daily conversations. But, we know there are more of you who read than who comment. We are certain that our urbanMamas fabric is complex and deep. We have heard from over a hundred of you as you introduced yourselves a la We Are Family, and we want to hear from you again. How do you consider youself privileged or underprivileged? Are you a stay-at-home mama, work-at-home mama, work-out-of-home mama? Are you single or partnered, car-free or car-less, straight or gay? Are you white, black, brown, red or purple? How do you feel marginalized or alientated by our conversations? How can we, urbanMamas, provide you with more of a voice, represent you more?