1. How would you define a rebel mom?
A Rebel Mom is simply a mom who defies the norm, like the rocker mom, the hip hop mom, the artist mom, the activist mom, the hippie mom, the outspoken Rosie the Riveter working class mom, the Wiccan mom, and so forth.
Of course, if you weren’t expected to sacrifice who you are on the alter of the Ideal Mom, there wouldn’t be a need for rebellion. Generally, though, many women (or specifically the 52 rad moms featured in my book) clash with the Ideal Mom icons: the modernized gentrified version of a 1950s subservient homemaker/soccer mom with a full-time job (or not) and the cultural myth of the superwoman/supermom CEO type. The clash isn’t necessarily intentional, but it is evident simply because they are who they are by nature—which doesn’t mesh with the projected two mommy-icons that dominate us here in the U.S. (As a side note, we also have a projected third ‘bad’ icon: the ’welfare’ mom. The moms in this book also rip that negative stereotype to shreds, in some cases quite intentionally, since it’s an image of outright oppression and meant to shame/silence.)