Australian author, Constance Hall, had a rough weekend. So did writer and blogger, Lisa Shearon.
The two of them ended up in a Facebook brawl, and the entire incident has revealed an ugly side to mummy blogging.
It shows that disagreement and criticism are part and parcel of sharing your opinion and writing online.
And it shows public figures with big and loyal followings need to be aware of their responsibilities and be sure that they don’t, inadvertently or otherwise, incite an online lynch mob to take down another woman, particularly when so much of your manifesto calls for women to unite with one another.
Here’s what happened.
On Saturday, Shearon published a post to her blog The Notorious Mum, titled “I may be many things, but a queen I am not.”
In her post she writes, “Constance Hall and her many queens offer a fucking lifeline. They are a good thing. They are an important thing. But they are not my thing. Because I am not a queen. And I have reservations about the whole queen thing, truth be told.”
Shearon goes on to outline why Constance Hall and her significant following make her nervous; the hero worship element so prevalent amongst her dedicated followers, the theme of motherhood as oppression that runs through much of Hall’s writing, Hall’s body positivity which Shearon counters by encouraging women to not be ashamed to aspire to being “fit and healthy”, Hall’s relaxed approach to child-rearing, and the lack of grammar in Hall’s writing.
In response, Hall posted on her own Facebook page saying that Shearon’s post and some of the comments on Shearon’s page had caused her to have a major panic attack. This post, which you can read below, was later deleted.