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The Hip Mama Survival Guide: Advice from the Trenches On: Pregnancy, Childbirth, Cool Names, Clueless Doctors, Potty Training, Toddler[ THE HIP MAMA SURVIVAL GUIDE: ADVICE FROM THE TRENCHES ON: PREGNANCY, CHILDBIRTH, COOL NAMES, CLUELESS DOCTORS, POTTY TRAINING, TODDLER ] By Gore, Ariel ( Author )May-01-1998 Paperback Paperback – May 1 1998

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hyperion (May 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786882328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786882328
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #564,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Gen-X Dr. Spock" and the founder of Hip Mama: The Parenting 'Zine gives readers advice from the trenches on pregnancy, childbirth, cool names, clueless doctors, potty training, domestic mayhem, right-wing losers, the evil patriarchy, nervous breakdowns, and way more. Line drawings.

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Format: Paperback
I picked up this book at the library because I do not relate to most parenting things and find myself spending an absurd amount of time trying to find alternative parents, clothes, toys and activities. I don't know if I am hip but I am definitely not mainstream.
What a disappointment this book is!
It's all about white sophisticated liberal single teen moms living on food stamps. Yup. Broad demographic, ay! While I am sure there are about 100 women out there who are similar to the author and would enjoy a how-to guide uniquely tailored to these circumstances, this 35 year financially secure married woman who practiced birth control in her teens and 20s so as to avoid being a single mom living on food stamps really found little of value in this very auto-biographical tome.
Moreover, I find it almost insulting that someone who comes from an educated liberal background would presume to speak for destitute single moms who did not have access to the same choices she did.
When I think of women struggling to raise their children, I think about women who were raised in extreme poverty who do not have access to information about family planning and education/job training. I think about immigrant women who work 4 jobs just so their kids will have a better life. I certainly don't think of some clueless teenager partying in Mallorca who had a birth control lapse and then did not allow a little detail like pregnancy to upset her extended vacation in nearby Italy. Who upon arrival to the US, believes its her birthright to have taxpayers support her as she decides it's now time to go to college.
The saddest commentary I can make about this book is that while I despise Newt Gingrich and was overjoyed by his demise, the author succeeded in making me relate to him when she recounts her debate with him on MTV.
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After reading several pregnancy books that assumed I was living in the comfortable middle class with an eager & helpful dad-to-be and a desire to be the most Western mother on the planet, I found it really refreshing to read Ms Gore's survival guide. Her advice ranges from the Basic Layette (and I mean basic, for those of us on limited income) to How to Make a Quick $20 (garage sales, palm reading...). I knew, by the end of the book, that the author's trenches were not unlike my own.
Still, it left me hanging in a few areas--but that's where other books can help, as no pregnancy/childbirth book can cover it all. Her disclaimer in the introduction mentions just that: not wanting to duplicate what your everyday pregnancy book can cover, she addresses issues that the other books don't touch.
As part of a small pregnancy/childbirth library, this book is essential for single moms or those with alternative arrangements. On its own, it's great for support, and is somewhat practical. It made me want to subscribe to Ms Gore's Hip Mama magazine, just for the community of it.
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I think Ariel Gore is a wonderful writer. She's funny & she writes about feminist issues without being too preachy. I guess my problem with this book is that it wasn't for me. I'm a liberal, young, hip mom -- but not hip enough I guess. This book is geared toward really young moms, unwed moms, poor moms, moms without traditional partners, moms without partners at all, moms without cars, moms without shelter, etc. Having a husband, a house, a car & some money in the bank made a lot of this book irrelavent. The author makes it seem that if you aren't fighting to just get by that you aren't hip. Well, fine, I'm not hip then, I guess.
If you don't think you'll need to know how to get cheap legal advice to sue for custody, balance school & your kids from 4 different dads, or take the bus with your infant, you could probably just read another book. I suggest Naomi Wolfe's Misconceptions -- it's for the truly hip feminst mom, not the down & out one.
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for all mothers and mothers-to-be who don't buy into the status quo of a "typical" womyn, you need something other than the "typical" baby book. wheather you are single, queer, married, female, male, straight, a first timer, or been here before, the hip mama survial guide will bring you insight, humor, and real help. from non-marital hell to how to give yourself a time out, what to name your new bambino to legal guidance, hip mama is the first book to make me feel like not everyone in the world is starring at me and my kid in that funny way. with a sigh of relief, i closed this book. not because it was over but because i realized that there's more of you like me out there. we're everywhere sisters! and we're all making it! not only does this hand out practical advice but gives you a sense of empowerment and makes you want to give yourself a pat on the back. i'd like to give ariel and all the hip mama's a high five.
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I loved this book. Adored. It's for real life situations. Definitely for teenage moms, young moms, student moms, and any mom who has a sense of humour. Even if the situation is not directly applicable, you can learn from what she says. She deals mainly with aspects related to unexpected pregnancies, which I found was extremely useful. It's hard to find books on that topic. It is not about the perfect family, which is also fantastic for anyone who is in such a situation. It tells single mothers that it is possible to raise a child and live life at its fullest.

WARNING: It is to be remembered that she was 19 when she had her baby. Some older, more secure mothers may think the information does not apply to them, but there is much humour and comments on how to laugh at certain situations.
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