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The politicization of Mumsnet.

Pedersen, Sarah



This book investigates the growing politicization of Mumsnet and its use by politicians to influence middle-class women in the UK. The site's discussion topics go far beyond traditional 'mothering' subjects, and encompass politics, feminism and current affairs. Understood as a safe space for gender-critical voices, the site has spawned real-life activism and continues to be both praised and attacked for its support of free speech on controversial subjects. The author investigates how Mumsnet has become a central part of a resurgent women's rights movement in the UK. She argues that its openness to discussion around this subject has allowed the site to function as a subaltern counter-public - a space where gender-critical feminists have been able to share information and make plans for action and agitation.


PEDERSEN, S. 2020. The politicization of Mumsnet. Bingley: Emerald Publishing [online]. Available from:

Book Type Authored Book
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2020
Online Publication Date Oct 15, 2020
Publication Date Oct 15, 2020
Deposit Date Aug 3, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 15, 2020
Publisher Emerald
Pages 1-178
Series Title SocietyNow
Book Title The Politicization of Mumsnet
ISBN 9781839094712
Keywords Mumsnet; Parenting websites; Parenting online forums; Feminism; Gender politics; Transphobia
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Additional Information The file accompanying this record represents only two sample chapters extracted from the full book, which can be purchased from the Emerald website:


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