I've mentioned MotherTalk before, and its dream of getting mothers together to talk about motherhood, and to see it in a more communal, collective vein, as part of a new consciousness raising. I've talked about my dream that we mothers and fathers get together and figure out what needs to be changed, and how to do it, that we raise our voices in public, that we love our kids, that we see the cultural conundrums we're in, and that we take the bull by the horns and move ahead.
That's where a new blog and idea comes in, and I want to help promote it: Mothers Book Bag. It's put together by A Mama's Rant, on behalf of the motherhood organization MOTHERS, as a way to get parents together, reading books about motherhood, and talking. Quoting Ann Crittendon, she describes it's intent:
"I'm thinking that we should encourage everyone out there to begin to organize themselves into book groups choosing books around mother's issues. In other words, instead of just having a list of books to read or books we recommend, why not have a book suggestion for groups to read and discuss, with a focus on airing their life experiences and hopefully brainstorming on how to improve things."
The site includes instructions on how to get a book group started, for those of us who like how-to's.
Since so much of the media on mothering doesn't want us to consider the politics of it, and so does want us to keep spinning in the same route, getting together on our own, whether under the guise of reading groups, CR groups, or both is our next step. It doesn't matter what we call it.