I am part of an amazing community of supportive, brilliant, strong women.
I communicate with them daily on all manner of topics – just in the last 48 hours we have discussed everything from socio-political topics like the plight of asylum seekers and the current state of the education system, to riding prams on escalators.
We’ve informed each other of new developments in vaccine production, provided links to interesting news articles and evaluated the requirements for labelling on food products. We’ve covered post natal depression, lamented about the unique challenges of parenting a child with special needs, talked about lady parts and played that highly controversial game ‘Is this a rash on my son’s back and should I be worried?’
We’ve also covered the important topics – Gosling vs Reynolds, beard or no beard, (shirt)? Magnum vs Ben and Jerry’s? (For the record the answer is almost unanimously Shirtless Ryan Gosling, slight stubble, holding a magnum.)
This community encapsulates women of all age groups and ethnic backgrounds, occupations and sexual orientation. There are members from all parts of the socioeconomic spectrum and of every political persuasion. Geographically our range is diverse too, despite the name of our group – I know of members ranging from the central coast to the beaches, to Melbourne and Singapore. We comprise a multitude of belief systems and parenting values, and we discuss them frequently and almost always respectfully.
In the past I have seen the immediate and complete compassion that human beings are capable of in this community. I have seen charity events organised, women who barely know each other reach out and deliver meals to injured or stressed mums, and Music compilations and care packages organised to cheer up someone we thought was having a rough time.
Most of this happens between mums that have never previously met.
But better than that in the last 48 hours in my community I have seen the power of women. How mothers can rally in defence of what they believe to be right.
You read on Wednesday a post on Mamamia about one of our members starting an “Indian” online mothers group but I believe that account missed a number of vital points and painted an incorrect picture of what happened.