Recently 'mumblers' aka mommy bloggers have been all over the news like a government sex scandal. I recently expressed my feelings regarding the focus of the media on these women. I do not resent their success - ok, that's a lie - I do resent their success while at the same time admiring them for having achieved what I hoped to when I started this blog almost 9 years ago.
Last night on the drive home from work, listening to yet another mommy blogger being interviewed on the radio about what it was like to be invited to morning tea with the Prime Minister, I became enraged yet again. "How does it feel knowing you have all this power" crooned the interviewer. "Mommy bloggers will be the next political powerhouse" the interview crowed.
And yet, as Rachel Ward so succinctly put it in this article recently, women over 50 where are you? Why so silent? The recent success of the mommy blogger is great, but I am tired of being a demographic of one. Surely there are others out there that rage at the fact that our voices are not being heard. Do we start calling ourselves 'granblers' (for granny bloggers) even though my grandchildren live thousands of miles away and I am not involved in their daily lives, only flying into their awareness once every 2-3 years bearing inappropriate gifts and little patience for the ways of small grubby children? Do we become 'boomanistas" - furious at the fact that most of us have worked at ill-paying jobs for most of our lives, and approaching the age where we would have thought we could retire to finally enjoy ourselves, we are going to be forced to work until we are 70?
I do not know the answer but I encourage all those over the age of 50 to raise their voices and be heard. In our teens we raised our voices against war and injustice - it is time for us to do so again.
Perhaps things will change when the first mommy blogger finds her first chin hair.