Rules of Engagement: Navigating the Realm of Online Mommy Groups

Cynthia Ing

Abstract


This reflective essay features musings of navigating the terrain of online mommy groups on Facebook and a critical analysis of the role spectatorship plays in shaping contemporary motherhood.


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