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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"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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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.
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.
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.
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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Sadly, this was the 14th pregnancy book I bought and not the first... yet it was the one I was looking for all along. Entertaining and Informative... Read morePublished on June 11 2003 by Mayflower Girl
This book provides a few funny moments, but is not so much a humorous take on parenting as an essay on feminist, ultra-liberal viewpoints. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2002
This book is informational and REALLY funny. I have given it to several pregnant friends who have loved it.Published on Aug. 30 2001 by stacey greenberg
I keep "snort laughing" as I read this book! It's wonderful, liberal and totally entertaining!Published on Aug. 16 2001
This book saved my sense of humor, perhaps even my mind, while I was pregnant and about to become a single mom by choice. Read morePublished on May 27 2001
When we were expecting, my wife bought every child-rearing book under the sun. I bought her this one.
While the other books have caused her endless consternation, Ms. Read more