The other day I saw a post on a blog I sometimes read asking about facebook and women, specifically:
If facebook had existed in the 1950s would it have hurt or helped the feminist movement?
I didn't comment at the time as it was well in the midst of our NICU lifestyle but the thought has stayed with me, in particular as I have been pondering the ways that technology has made my life as a mother easier.
Case in point - two nights ago was a bad night with the baby. He didn't want to go down to sleep, he was gassy and fussy and it was just hard. So yesterday I logged into the blog and asked for some mom advice from my friends and readers. By evening I had several great answers from them. I was able to then figure out what might work for us. Swaddling is difficult because of the sling we have to use to keep him sleeping on an incline for his reflux but white noise sounded like a good try. So I logged onto itunes, downloaded some white noise CDs and set up the Ipod stereo in the nursery. Last night was much better. It still could be coincidence but the technology helped me make an attempt at solving the problem without actually spending much time away from the baby and without leaving the house.
So you see...technology has been hugely helpful and maybe most so in the simple ability to keep up with the lives of my friends and family by cell phone, blogs, facebook etc.
So it makes me wonder, would a similar social network have hurt feminism because housewives were better able to be connected and less disatisfied or would it have assisted their ablity to organize and move woman's equality further along? What do you guys think? And in what ways have technology made your life easier, particularly as a mom or dad?