This post is by TheNotMom team writer Laura LaVoie:
Have I ever told you how I started writing for The NotMom?
When I left a 15-year-career to start writing full time, I spent a lot of time applying for blogging jobs. However, I quickly became frustrated when I was confronted by what seemed like an unending list of requests for Mommy Bloggers. As a NotMom (though I didn’t quite have a term for it then), I couldn’t help but wonder where the blogging jobs were for me. Where was my voice being heard?
Not one to sit on my hands, I took to Google and found this website. I emailed Karen and next thing I knew I was writing for her. I kind of thought my crusade was over once I discovered a community of NotMoms, and then I saw an advertiser seeking “Blogger for Women’s Interests.” As a woman with many interests, I clicked out of curiosity. I was a little surprised by the message there:
“You should have experience in writing creative articles on women’s interest, preferably on hair style and care, beauty & fashion and lifestyle. In this role, you will drive the content marketing for one of our popular hairstyler brands via your blogging, editing and marketing skills. You will work closely with other members of a vibrant online marketing group and a few agencies.”
Maybe if the category had been “Hair Style Blogger,” I wouldn’t have been so frustrated. Suddenly, the mere grouping of hairstyles, beauty, and fashion as the definition of “Women’s Interests” made me cringe.
We’re not robots.Maybe give Fashion & Beauty its own category and acknowledge that women are interested in other things. You know, as a woman.
- Heath care issues
- Outdoor living
- Building tiny houses
Are subjects like cooking or home decorating “women’s interests” or not? What if a man enjoys fashion or “lifestyle,” whatever that means?
I suppose that by nature, even my own personal blog is both from a NotMom perspective as well as about Women’s Interests, considering that a woman without children writes it and I am interested in tiny houses. I realize that my own position may seem contradictory. I feel some comfort in having the right label – a NotMom – but I also like to discourage the use of meaningless labels like “Women’s Interests.”
What do you think about classifying things like fashion and beauty as “Women’s Interests?” Does it limit us? Does it not? I would love to hear from you.