Mother Tongue #4
190 x 240 mm, 132 pages
Houston/Los Angeles, US
First published 2021
Founders and editors: Melissa Goldstein and Natalia Rachlin
Creative director and designer: Vanessa Saba
Mother Tongue was launched by two mothers tired of the traditional media portrayal of motherhood. In place of idealised aspiration and agony aunt problem-solving, the boldly-designed magazine focuses on the complex, real lives of mothers and the issues they share around ‘art, sex, pop culture, politics, food and a few things in between'.
This edition, the fourth from the wonderful team at Mother Tongue might just have to be crowned 'Best cover ever' (Danielle here, yep). The human-cat nose boop which graces the pea-soup and candy pink Spring/Summer issue is something close to purrfect.
And inside, the content remains strong — from 'sexy lion dreams' with Bats for Lashes, reflecting on Whitney Houston, a winding story of 'revenge without remorse', building homes for the future, 'the everyday horror of our children’s unmeetable expectations' and, crucially, feline fixations.
On the Journal:
At work with Mother Tongue, ‘The pandemic was definitely our spark, because we both (had to) put work on pause to stay home with our kids when schools shut down in the spring of 2020. The load on mothers the world over just got so intense, and we felt like there were so few arenas to have candid, more nuanced conversations about the realities of motherhood today.’
magCulture meets Mother Tongue, recorded at the magCulture Shop on 30 June 2022.