Life Without Baby

Filling the silence in the motherhood discussion

Flying the Non-Mom Banner October 22, 2012

My fellow bloggie friend, Pamela Mahoney Tsigdinos, is always one to proudly fly the childfree flag. If you’ve read her book, Silent Sorority, or visited her blog by the same name, you’ll also know that she speaks on this topic with intellect and eloquence.
This week, Pamela will be hosting a 5-day Open Salon alongside infertility advocate, Keiko Zoll. Although now on opposite post-infertlity paths (Pamela is child free; Keiko is in the early stages of a donor egg pregnancy), I know that these two women will provide a lively and intelligent discussion on the topics of infertility, motherhood, and the childfree option. If you’d like to tune in and follow along, here’s where you’ll find the conversations this week:
To Mom or Not to Mom: A 5-Day Open Salon on Infertility, Motherhood and the Silent Sorority
Welcome to our open salon, hosted by Keiko of The Infertility Voice and Pamela of Silent Sorority. We created this open salon to discuss both sides of the motherhood debate from our unique perspectives in a responsorial fashion between our two blogs.Over the next five days and culminating in an open Twitter discussion #ALIMomSalon this Friday at 12:30pm EDT, we seek to parse out the concerns and vulnerabilities of transition within the ALI (adoption/loss/infertility) community without tripping over political correctness and delicate sensibilities.We hope you’ll join us every day this week and will be inspired to add your own responses in the comments here and at (the other person’s) blog and even by writing your own blog posts about this salon too!

Monday- intro to the conversation setup & first topic
At The Infertility Voice: Dealing with Survivor’s Guilt
At The Silent Sorority: Dealing with the Mommy Waiting Room

Tuesday – we write from opposing POVs
TIV: Accepting reality when motherhood won’t be happening
SS: Finding a place in a new world and reconciling conflicted emotions

Wednesday – addressing The Mommy Phenomenon
TIV: The Queendom of Mommyhood
SS: The Consequences of Placing Moms on Pedestals

Thursday – To Pass or to Stick Out: when to make infertility part of the conversation

Friday – Twitter Chat, 12:30-1:30pm EST #ALIMomSalon
Recap/reflection posts at TIV and SS

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9 Responses to “Flying the Non-Mom Banner”

  1. loribeth Says:

    I am so looking forward to this! : ) Bravo to both Pamela & Keiko — I too know they will do a great job of tackling these questions.

  2. Maria Says:

    I’m not sure if it’s just my computer, but the website is illegible. Instead of stories running from top to bottom (most recent first), there appear to be 2 columns of stories with most recent running from left to right. Also comments are in a column on the right side rather than below the article. I can’t read anything on the right side because it overlaps on the column on the left side. Is anyone else having this issue? If so, is it part of changing the website? If yes, I can be patient and put up with it until it’s worked out. Just wanted to bring to your attention.

  3. Thanks for sharing, Lisa! This is an opportunity for us to make sure our voices are heard loud and clear…

  4. […] On their open salon this week, Pamela has a wonderful analogy about what it feels like to watch a friend (or family […]


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