I’m excited to announce my co-edited collection, The Dialectic of Digital Culture, will be published mid-September! I contributed a chapter about digital advocacy anchored in an analysis of Lori Duron’s mommy blog RaisingMyRainbow. Other contributions explore the dark web, Etsy, #metoo, net neutrality, privacy, surrogacy, music, and Trump’s presidency. I am very proud of the rigorous discussion about digital culture this collection will encourage as well as the diverse phenomena explored by contributors!
Monicka’s Papa is Tall (2006) and Ryan’s Mom is Tall (2006), written by Heather Jopling and illustrated by Allyson Demoe, were both published by Nickname Press, an independent press founded by the author in 2006 to meet the needs of lesbian and gay families. While she was a surrogate for a gay family Jopling noticed that there were “very few children’s stories that dealt with non-traditional families in a down-to-earth manner.” These books, and a third, also published by Nickname Press, The Not-So-Only Child (2006), written by Jopling and illustrated by Lauren Page Russell, represent Jopling’s attempt to change that by providing lesbian and gay families with stories about same-gender parents. Continue reading