Feminist Blogs We LoveThursday, September 17th, 2009
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As a little thank you to our feminist supporters we thought we’d share the feminist blogs we love.
Shakesville is “a feminist blog, and a feminist’s blog… it is a progressive blog. It is a safe space. It is a community”. It describes its key objectives as “equality, momentum, growth, community, empathy and laughter”. Subjects covered include domestic politics, foreign policy, high culture, pop culture, books, the patriarchy, oppression, repression, religion, philosophy and parenting. There is also mainstream stuff like films and TV as well as more off-the-wall topics discussed such as “why women’s trousers have so many buttons”.
Feminist Blogs is a community of weblogs by “self-identified feminists, women’s liberationists, womanists, and pro-feminist men”. The idea is to raise awareness of feminist issues and promote cross-linking and discussion between feminist bloggers. The people behind the project say blogging “holds a lot of promise for the feminist voices that are marginalised, co-opted, or simply silenced in the traditional ‘malestream’ media”. It’s a “big tent” and contributions from men are welcomed, providing they are supportive of feminism and write regularly on gender issues. The posts are interesting and informative, being both news and comment based, with the use of embedded videos and pictures as illustration.
42ndWaveFeminist is a “nerd and a feminist” who says she has a deepening interest in politics, “especially state politics, and has a few things to say”. The blog certainly reflects that and there are interesting discussions on the latest political developments as well as more general issues such as the way language is used.
A Very Political Woman is a blog by Samantha Grace, who “shows the world in a new light – perhaps one without rose coloured glasses”. She talks about politics, progressive ideals, feminism and much more. She says her blogging has turned into “a labor of love and dedication”. There’s a healthy dose of humour along with more serious musings.
Appetite For Equal Rights is “a blog for the modern feminist”. The creator of the blog is Amy Rubinson, who wanted to counter the paucity of coverage of women’s issues in the mainstream media. She says: “Blogs can ultimately make up for what major news stations and websites lack. Feminist blogging is our way of challenging the patriarchy by giving women the voices they need but are often deprived of.” The posts are mostly a personal interpretation of the news, with the aid of pictures and videos.
This is a website that discusses “politics and pop culture from a Canadian perspective and for a funny, fearless, female audience”. The slogan of Confabulous is “dancing at the revolution in a great pair of shoes”. The publishers explain: “That refers to Emma Goldman’s famous quote, ‘If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be a part of your revolution.’ We, too, want to dance at the revolution, but we want to look and feel stylish while we’re doing it. Hence our equal commitment to covering both politics and culture.” Sex and gender issues feature heavily.
This blog is called Female Impersonator. The title comes from a quote by Susan Brownmiller, a feminist who is best known for her her book Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape (1975): “Women are all female impersonators to some degree.” The blog’s author, Amelia, concurs because “women often have to act in certain ways to conform to what society deems is appropriate for women”. The blog’s post discuss many feminist-related issues, such as abortion, birth control and definitions of feminism.
Empowered and Informed is the blog of the Women’s Resource Center, a US-based not-for-profit organisation that exists to “improve women’s lives and empower them to achieve their fullest potential”. It’s used as “a space to trade ideas and generate conversation about empowering women”. Readers are urged to “speak up and share their voice”.
The Adventures of a Young Feminist covers “feminism and pop culture with a little bit of sarcasm on the side”. As is the case with many feminist blogs, it was created by its author - Laura Sundstrom - to counter a perceived lack of feminist news and feminist perspectives on current events. Sundstrom protests: “Women still do not have the same social standing as men. They are still discriminated against in the workplace, media, government, and society in general.” The focus is on popular culture because it is “part of society that reflects the values and interests of society in general”. However, there is also news from the feminist community.
Feministe claims to be one of the feminist blogs online and is “designed and run by women from the ground up”. There are numerous authors and book reviewers, as well as guest bloggers. There is plenty of news with a feminist angle and the numerous categories include abortion, body image, civil rights, sex, sex work, pregnancy and parenthood. There is also a large comment section for “safe, pro-feminist discussion”.