What She Said!

The next time some guy asks you where all the female bloggers are,
tell him What She Said!

Monday, October 11, 2004

WSS Featured Blogger: Farai Chideya

  • Name: Farai Chideya
  • Blog: http://www.faraichideya.com
  • Location: Berkeley, CA

1. How did you start blogging? Why do you keep at it?
I started proto-blogging eight years ago on a site called PopandPolitics.com. That site is now a nonprofit devoted to political coverage for young Americans. It evolved from being more personal to being more journalistic. So I decided I wanted another space to rant.

2. What are your most important issues?
I talk a lot about politics, but I'm really interested now in spirituality, constructions of public morality, public spaces online, and travel. All of which may or may not be reflected in my blog.

3. What's the nicest recognition you've ever received from the media and/or the blogosphere?
Hmmmm... A paycheck? (Not for blogging.) Seriously, I think the best stuff is from teens who write and say "you are the coolest." It makes me very happy. Now I've got a new book out,"Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters." I'm writing about my book tour on my blog... off to Alaska soon. Very cool travels. And, in recognition, I got blurbs from Gloria Steinem, Chuck D, and Bill Maher, which has to be some kind of cultural trifecta.

4. Who is your audience? What is unique about your blog?
My audience is probably mostly my friends; then fellow-travelers who pay attention to media and politics. I write in a way that tries, as many blogs do, to acknowledge an intimacy with everyone that reads. What's unique? Me. That's what's unique about every blog. It's sort of a thousand-flowers-bloom mechanism.

5. Most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Losing a post. Forgetting what the hell you were saying mid-stream. Being unable to beam pictures from your brain into the computer.

6. What's the one point you'd like a reader to take away from your blog- the one thing for them to really "get".
Politics: it's not just for rich old white men in suits anymore.

Quote: Namaste: The divine in me recognizes the divine in you.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Urgent: Help Stop Family Violence Now || Act Today

Help Stop Family Violence Now || Act Today

Thanks to Jared at Worshipping at the Altar of Mediocrity for the heads up. The Evil Empire is at it again, and this time they are endangering abused women. Please Act now, and spread the word.

WSS Featured Blogger: Isabelle of Everybody Poops

  • Name: Isabelle
  • Blog: Everybody Poops
  • Location: Toronto, Canada


1. How did you start blogging? Why do you keep at it?
I have strong opinions about things but no one to argue with, and you can't have passionate discussions with people who agree with you, so I started my blog to have passionate discussions with myself. And anybody else who wants to join. I used to have a diary-type blog a long time ago and I remember I'd get quite a lot of response with my more political entries, so last year I decided to start a completely non-diary blog and that worked great, so I never stopped... despite a few long breaks in between and lawsuit threats from my abusive ex-boyfriend.


2. What are your most important issues?
Feminism and secular humanism are the biggest ones right now, but that sometimes conflicts because some feminists argue that logic is a masculine way of seeing the world, and I talk about that too. I'm also into talking about politics, pop culture, environmental issues, and animal rights.


3. What's the nicest recognition you've ever received from the media and/or the blogosphere?
I haven't gotten much lately because I just came back from a Summer hiatus, but I do get added to blogrolls occasionally, and uuhh.. I did a book exchange with Dru Blood once, does that count as recognition??


4. Who is your audience? What is unique about your blog?
My mom!!
Who else... people who have a sense of humour, who can take things seriously but poke fun at it at the same time, feminists, secular humanists, environmentalists etc. who are open-minded to other causes as well (since I'm not a one-cause girl!!)


5. Most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Not wanting to piss people off - because I started the blog to speak whatever I wanted to, but then sometimes I have things to say that I know will piss off at least some of the people who read it, and I don't want to care but I do.


6. What's the one point you'd like a reader to take away from your blog- the one thing for them to really "get"?
That even within the "liberal" realm there is always more than one way to look at issues and we have to be open-minded and consider all options. For example, feminism and environmentalism sometimes conflict on an issue, or environment and animal rights.

And also: You don't have to be bitter just because you're pissed off!

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

WSS Featured Blogger: Victoria of Left Wing Liberal Commie Agitator

  • Name: Victoria
  • Blog: Left Wing Liberal Commie Agitator
  • Location: Waterbury, CT


1. How did you start blogging? Why do you keep at it?
As soon as I heard of blogging I knew it was for me. I've always been a bit of an exhibitionist, and when asked what my dream job would be, a syndicated editorial columnist, or "paid philosopher" is what I respond. Since I could never see that happening, this was the next best thing, just open my coat and expose myself to the world and see what happens.

Even though I realized I didn't have enough to say as a political pundit, I keep at it, even when it's mostly personal, because journaling has always been something I've done, and doing it online makes it all the easier. Although I don't write about deeply personal things as I would in a handwritten journal, I think the things I do write about will be things I'll want to look back on in years to come. Any writing is a worthwhile venture, and if someone stops by and reads it, so much the better.

2. What are your most important issues?
Women's self-image is one of my big topics. I find the way women are portrayed in the media is absolutely disgusting and I've blogged about it several times. Getting GWB out of the White House is, of course, another big issue, but then it can't help but be with any feminist.

3. What's the nicest recognition you've ever received from the media and/or the blogosphere?
Going out to technorati and searching on my blog and finding out how many people link to me. It amazes me from time to time.

4. Who is your audience? What is unique about your blog?
My audience is mostly my friends and family, and the larger community of people who stop by once for a visit, decide they like what they see and come back.

5. Most frustrating aspect of blogging?
Finding the time to write. And being able to really express what I want to say the way I want to say it. It's much more difficult than I thought it would be. Once written, sometimes I reread and realize that the points I was trying to make just don't come out the way I want.

6. What's the one point you'd like a reader to take away from your blog- the one thing for them to really "get"?
The the personal and political are intertwined and one does not exist without the other.

WSS Featured Blogger: Lynn of Reflections in D minor

  • Name: Lynn
  • Blog: Reflections in D minor
  • Location: http://www.aeternam626.com/b2/ - Oklahoma,US

1. How did you start blogging? Why do you keep at it?
I read an article about blogs at Wired.com and immediately wanted to start my own. At first I intended to write essays about politics, social issues and just life in general but my blog now is almost nothing like what I originally had in mind. I keep at it because I enjoy the community aspect of blogging.

2. What are your most important issues?
Politically, national security is probably the biggest thing on my mind but I'm equally concerned about freedom of choice, privacy and separation of church and state. Other than politics, my biggest issue is the decline of culture and the American public's general lack of interest in anything that isn't heavily advertised on TV.

3. What's the nicest recognition you've ever received from the media and/or the blogosphere?
I haven't been noticed by the media. I've been linked by Instapundit twice but neither time for a post I would like to have shown off. The links that give me the biggest thrill are links from 2 Blowhards and from Terry Teachout. The don't give me anywhere near the traffic spike I would get from Instapundit but being noticed by such intelligent and cultured people, especially Terry who is a famous writer, is by far the most flattering recognition I could possibly receive.

4. Who is your audience? What is unique about your blog?
My main audience are people who are interested in the arts, especially classical music. I think my perspective is unique because my background is pretty low down on the social ladder but I've had contact with quite a few elite people online so I have picked up an appreciation for quality and tradtion in the arts along with a healthy contempt for pop-classical artists like Charlotte Church but at the same time I've maintained a dislike of the pretentions of the
elite and I'm both offended and contemptuous at the way people in the east coast cities tend to look down on the rest of the country. I'm actually a little bit elitist and a little bit redneck so it's kind of hard for a lot of people to grasp where I'm coming from.

5. Most frustrating aspect of blogging?
The lack of feedback (comments, email) and readers' expectations are nearly tied as "most frustrating." I
have readers on both sides of the political fence who read my blog because they're interested in what I have
to say about music or the links I post but when I share my political opinions I sometimes get email from people telling me that they are disappointed or that they are "uncomfortable" reading my blog, which makes me uncomfortable about posting anything political. Fortunately most of my readers are not like that but it only takes one to make me feel bad.

6. What's the one point you'd like a reader to take away from your blog- the one thing for them to really "get"?
That the arts are exciting, not stuffy and boring like most people think, but only if you make an effort to understand them and accept them for what they are. You can't reduce the arts to the level of pop culture.

Quote: "Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old." -- Aeschylus
(It was very hard to pick just one.)




Free Choice Saves Lives!


Hi,
I thought your readers might be interested in this outrageous injustice to our women in the military, particularly those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Might you consider posting something about International Planned Parenthood Federation’s petition to Congress about this
topic on your site?

The petition is online at: http://www.freechoicesaveslives.org/campaign/military?source=blogs

Please let me know if you’d like to know more -- more information is also available at:

http://www.freechoicesaveslives.org/campaign/military/explanation


Thanks,
Mara

Stop Mistreating Women in the Military!

Did you know that the military won't cover the cost of abortion, even if the servicewoman has been raped? But the military does cover the cost of cosmetic surgery, including breast implants, nose jobs, and liposuction!

A ban on military abortions forces soldiers who become pregnant while serving overseas to seek abortions at private clinics and to pay for the procedure themselves, making it difficult and costly to end a pregnancy. Worse yet, the ban leaves women serving in countries where abortion is illegal - like Iraq and Afghanistan - nowhere to turn, effectively depriving them of freedom of choice.

Click here to sign a petition asking your members of Congress to lift the ban.



Just a little addition -- did you know women in civil service can't get an abortion paid for, even if their insurance would normally cover it? Signing a contract with Uncle Sam in any capacity means signing away your most basic rights.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Hey, Can you say Abu Grahib?

washingtonpost.com - Presidential Debate Between President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry:

"KERRY: Well, first of all, I appreciate enormously the personal comments the president just made. And I share them with him. I think only if you're doing this -- and he's done it more than I have in terms of the presidency -- can you begin to get a sense of what it means to your families. And it's tough. And so I acknowledge that his daughters -- I've watched them. 

I've chuckled a few times at some of their comments. 

(LAUGHTER)
And...

BUSH: I'm trying to put a leash on them.

(LAUGHTER)

KERRY: Well, I know. I've learned not to do that."


Do we really want to be talking about leashes for our grown daughters in the after-math of Abu Grahib? That's just creepy, George.

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