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Electric Mommyland

A Lil’ Bit About the Digital Humanities.

The Digital Humanities are a new area of theory and praxis within the university. Innovative technologies are advancing academic initiatives in ways that make it possible to more easily disseminate ideas and interact with community. This website is the result of my DH Praxis 2014-15 class and my Sociology of Gender class at The Gradate Center, CUNY. My aim is to facilitate the process by which individuals gain access to information that empowers them, in places that support digitally enhanced programing.  I hope that projects like these encourage a mandate of life-long learning.

Electric Mommyland; “Writing a Sociological History Through Auto-Ethnographical Art and Music Performance Towards a Deeper Understanding of Everything Mom.”

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Abstract

The purpose of my thesis, Electric Mommyland is to write a sociological history through auto-ethnographical art and music performance towards a deeper understanding of everything mom. “Electric Mommyland” represents a period in time well-documented through music, video and photographs, as well as through media interviews, featuring a number of artists who were also mothers.  Just as Dorothy Smith invited women to “grasp their own authority to speak” within a feminist sociology in the 1980s (Pg. 34), we were staking claim to the relatively uninhabited space of mother articulations within an area of the performing arts in the 1990s. The energy of this initiative was a spirited revolution against the tyranny of subsumed identity within the role of the mother/housewife. The movement formed organically as a source of empowerment and connection. But, within a few years an assimilation process began. By 2006 motherhood was being used to sell everything from sex, to diapers, and dishwashers. The “mom rock”/Mamapalooza initiative coincided with an academic feminist mother configuration in Canada, which continues to make headway. Mom rock was ultimately subsumed by a consumer society that translates terms like “action” and “agency” into the economic imperatives within a mainstream ideology. It is within that ideology a new “mommy identity” continues to thrive. By exploring this sociological history I aim to facilitate a better understanding of current evolutions (or de-evolutions) of a modern American mother’s movement as well as create a backdrop for those wishing to do future research on this topic. (Thank you Alice Leon for your song “I’m So Busy” featured here.)

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Another One Bites The Dust

The headline in OK Magazine said ‘Ambition Got In Her Way’. Its been 22 years since I had my first kid, and as a rock star diva, I can tell you, we still haven’t learned a gosh darn thing about marriage, children and how to rock motherhood.

I’m quoting from the OK article here: Marc was not happy that Jennifer was focusing so much on her career.

“Marc’s an old-fashioned guy, and that’s part of the reason Jennifer fell in love with him,” the source says. “But for her it was both a blessing and a curse. Jennifer is a career woman, and she got swept up in the romance of having this traditional-style marriage where the husband works and the wife stays home and takes care of the kids.”

For a while, it worked out. After giving birth to her kids in February 2008, Jennifer put her career on the back burner to be a wife and mother. “But, a leopard can’t change her spots, and Jen is a career woman at the core,” says the source.

Oh come on! We stormed the airwaves and tabloids back in 2005 when Mom Rock hits its main-street stride. I remember practically yelling from behind the CNN desk, “Let’s kill off the 50’s housewife once and for all. (My band was named Housewives On Prozac, for gosh sakes – as if that doesn’t say it all). Let’s stop falling in love, getting married, popping out a couple babies and running into the kitchen to strap an apron on and embrace amnesia.” It doesn’t work!

Calling all young empowered Babes. Don’t forget who you are. Get educated about the pitfalls of marriage and children and then, if you choose to go down that road, do it with eyes wide open. If you really want to see what kinds of possibilities await you, visit the Museum Of Motherhood at 401 East 84th St. in Manhattan, opening with a pop-up exhibit on Sept. 1st in New York City – if J Lo had, her family story might have been more inspiration, less train wreck. I should know. I did the same thing. – Joy Rose 

US Magazine Issue #31 August 1, 2011

Jo Wymer Releases New CD This Week!

7 years of writing…1 1/2 years of recording…..countless hours gigging and rehearsing….many band members and lots of fun with a little pain thrown in for good measure and LIVING WITH SCARS is almost here.  (some folks tell me
“Long overdue Jo”…I know but I wanted to make sure it was done
right)

Here is what is happening this week….

Friday night, June 24 we have a acoustic night at the WINE LOFT in Long Branch
from 9pm to 1am….I will be selling “Last Minute” tickets that night
so if you still want them drop by with your $10.00 and you can have
one!

Saturday Night is the BIG NIGHT….doors open at 7:30 with the start
of my good friend Nik Everett doing a 6 song acoustic set to get the
night rollin’….THEN Bullet Bob and the Colts will release their new
CD doing a 10 song set….then John Gilbreath (comedian and one of my
vocal students – as well as a Navy Colleague) will throw a few stories
out their to get your funny bone kickin into high gear.

THEN we will play a high energy ….rockin…set of new material off
the CD …..around 9:15 or so….MORE