Why some feminists can't stop reading Mormon housewife blogs #Offbeat Families in the media#blogging#religion February 16 | Guest post by Stephanie Kaloi Photo by Taza of The Rockstar Diaries. Emily Matchar published an article at Salon about her fascination with Mormon housewife blogs. The first two paragraphs totally sucked me in, and the article is definitely worth a read: At first glance, Naomi and Stacie and Stephanie and Liz appear to be members of the species known as the "Hipster Mommy Blogger," though perhaps a bit more cheerful and wholesome than most. They have bangs like Zooey Deschanel and closets full of cool vintage dresses. Their houses look like Anthropologie catalogs. Their kids look like Baby Gap models. Their husbands look like young graphic designers, all cute lumberjack shirts and square-framed glasses. They spend their days doing fun craft projects (vintage-y owl throw pillow! Recycled button earrings! Hand-stamped linen napkins!). They spend their weekends throwing big, whimsical dinner parties for their friends, all of whom have equally adorable kids and husbands. But as you page through their blog archives, you notice certain "tells." They're super-young (like, four-kids-at-29 young). They mention relatives in Utah. They drink a suspicious amount of hot chocolate. Finally, you see it: a subtly placed widget with a picture of a temple, or a hyperlink on the word "faith" or "belief." You click the link and up pops the official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read the whole post, and then lets talk: Related Post How the Wall Street Journal took a giant dump on women You've heard about blogging conferences and events, right? Basically, a huge group of bloggers get together in a pre-determined location to do what people do... Read more I'll be the first to admit it's never occurred to me to google "Mormon housewife blog," and until reading Matchar's piece I had no idea they were such a cult hit. I get it, though: as if getting a glimpse into the parenting styles of others isn't enough, reading about a lifestyle that is in stark contrast from your own (and especially one that you may not initially think you'll be interested in) can be totally fascinating. It's sort of like a train wreck, but less awful and more, just … fascinating. Now I want to know: What are your favorite parenting blogs that you didn't think you'd like? What other gems have I overlooked? Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Stephanie Kaloi PREVIOUS Replace the clutter with an eclectic collection NEXT A dirt-cheap bird feeder ANYONE can make Show/Hide comments [ 61 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.