What She Said!

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

Friday, January 28, 2005

WAKE UP! Draft for women?!

From DarkSydOTheMoon:

Full URL: http://www.brentrasmussen.com/
Draft for women?

Some claim they're just discussing the draft as a last ditch emergency measure in response to a dire situation. Others say they may already be planning it out. And ladies, this time you're included. More from Tom Kertes.

This is serious girls. They have no where else to get the numbers they’re going to need if we go into Iran... and they ARE going into Iran.

WSS Featured Blogger: Trish Wilson of Trish Wilson's Blog

Name: Trish Wilson
Blog: Trish Wilson's Blog

How did you start blogging? Why do you keep at it?

I started my blog on New Year's Day 2002. I read about blogs in the newspapers and found, at first, mostly conservative blogs. I wanted to start my own to post the reams of material I get from family law-oriented mailing lists. I knew that there weren't other blogs that posted that kind of material. The first feminist blog I found was Alas, A Blog, and I found other progressive and feminist blogs from that site.

What’s the nicest recognition you’ve ever received from the media and/or the blogosphere?

I was quoted in the Chicago Tribune and The GadFlyer. I've also been nominated for several Koufax Web Log awards. I've written an article about women in the blogosphere for "off our backs." That article is due to be published soon in oob's "Women and Technology" issue.

Who is your audience? What is unique about your blog?

I have a feeling that most of my audience is not bloggers. My blog concentrates on family law and how it affects women. I post mostly about the worldwide harm caused by the fathers' rights movement. I've been critiquing the fathers' rights movement for nearly a decade.

Most frustrating aspect of blogging?

Time. There isn't enough of it. Spam drives me crazy. Plus, I don't think that women bloggers get enough attention and credit, despite there being just as many if not more female bloggers out there.

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 fathers' rights movement does not operate in the best interests of children, women, or fathers. Readers definitely get it. I know that men's and fathers' rights activists are threatened by my blog because of the nasty comments and e-mail they send me. I hit a nerve.

Quote: "The men's separatist movement's frightening. Separatism breeds feelings of superiority
and imbalance -- male bonding usually offers permission to regress.

--Carol Bly, ex-wife of Robert Bly, founder of the mythopoetic men's movement and author of "Iron John." Utne Reader, Nov.-Dec. 1989

Trish Wilson

Give Us Real Choices!

Hi Morgaine,

I am writing to tell you about our new campaign called GiveUsRealChoices.org which I think would be a great piece for your blog. Direct from the Middle Ages to you, the Pennsylvania State Legislature is offering the latest in Medieval birth control- Chastity! And today, you can “order” your very own Chastity Belt by going to www.GiveUsRealChoices.org!

Medieval, you say? Well, when faced with the challenge of addressing unintended pregnancy, other states require comprehensive sex education, insurance coverage for birth control, and emergency contraception for rape survivors. What does the Pennsylvania State Legislature do? They give us “Chastity Awareness Week.”

Show the Pennsylvania State Legislature that their idea of “Chastity Awareness Week” just doesn’t cut it – and that women deserve some real choices. Go to www.GiveUsRealChoices.org today and order your chastity belt from the Pennsylvania State Legislature!

Please let me know if you will post on this cutting-edge campaign and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Amelia Field

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Alternet Survey about Blogs

Alternet Survey

Alternet is doing a reader survey about how you use blogs. Please go fill it out. The list of blogs up to vote on is the same tired list of the usual suspects, but you have the option of providing links to blogs you visit, and they ask for your five favorite. Don't forget to add What She Said! ( http://whatshesaid.the-goddess.org/ ) and The Goddess (http://the-goddessw.org/blog/ ) to both lists!

Saturday, January 22, 2005

WSS Featured Blogger: Media Girl of ... Media Girl!

Name:  media girl
Blog:  media girl  [http://www.mediagirl.org]
Tag Line: [empowered]
Location: USA

How did you start blogging? Why do you keep at it?
I discovered blogging in 2001, kind of late considering I was trying to do online journaling through manual website updates for a few years before that.  I fell into Xanga and loved it for a while, but then started to feel a bit bored with the whole gated community feel of it.  When I moved, got divorced and changed jobs, the blogging world all seemed so irrelevant to my life that I dropped out for a while.

But there's something about blogging that is almost addicting.  A lot of work in my industry (media) is about finding the means to produce and publish, and here blogging solves those problems right off, leaving you free to just create.  My blogs have been my sketch pads, my whiny journals and my soapboxes.

This year I got back into blogging on Blogspot [http://mediagirltunesin.blogspot.com], where I found an outlet for my pent-up passions, frustrations and amusements during the presidential election.  It was sometime during that when I began to explore the various content management systems out there to design and administer dynamic websites.  I was initially investigating more with respect to my business, but soon realized that many of these systems were perfect for blogging ... and that blogging was one potentially powerful way to begin to build a community.

Now we're as a society experiencing a revolution in information, where we as citizens are able to communicate and share very actively and dynamically with each other, while not being so dependent upon the centralized non-interactive media from corporations and governments (television, newspapers, radio), and I see it as something of a responsibility as a citizen of this planet to remain engaged.

All that is to say that not only do I love blogging, but I think blogging as a whole serves a useful purpose in the growth and development of our democratic republic, as well as the building of a global community of people.

What are your most important issues?

You mean, aside from obsessing over my weight?  One thing that has gotten me stirred up lately has been the growing tension I see between the rise of the radical pseudo-Christian right and the continuing apathy regarding feminist issues.  I'm particularly disturbed by the trend we've seen where "feminism" (by any name) is considered an outdated concept.  There's a lot more to feminism than obtaining equal rights.  There are subtle characteristics which permeate our culture that work against the obtaining not only equality under the law but equality in practice.  One of these things is that dragon that so many seem unable or unwilling to see, male privilege.  The black-and-white (or red-and-blue) nature of political discourse today tends to place feminism into some radical corner of liberalism.  But we're not talking about malicious oppression (though that does happen), but about unexamined assumptions and attitudes that tend to place women in positions subservient to men.

I also get worked up over the attempts at destroying our secular republic.  I see the radical right taking "Christianity" into a twisted perversion of the faith and teachings I learned as a child, turning the virtues advocated by Jesus in the New Testament on their head, making them into sins, while embracing values that do not reflect traditional Christian values, let alone generally held concepts of human rights.  What I see in their attempts to establish a theocracy in this country is the danger of the corruption or utter destruction of the American republic and the rise of a mean-spirited, imperialist empire that would make our current 800-pound gorilla-like presence in the world seem like a kitten by comparison.

What’s the nicest recognition you’ve ever received from the media and/or the blogosphere?
I don't think the media really understands the blogosphere, let alone the true potential of the interent and interactive communication.  I've received some kind notices from reviewers on work I've done in the past in the more traditional media, and that was nice.  In the blogosphere, I've been thrilled by the links to mediagirl.org by some very smart and eloquent women out there.  The biggest recognition is that people are visiting and reading and responding and returning for more.  What else could I ask for?

Who is your audience? What is unique about your blog?
Our audience is anyone who's interested in feminism, media and/or progressive politics.  I don't know that we're particularly unique, except that we have different contributors than other blogs have.  One of our contributors, Matsu, does political tarot readings, though, and I don't think anyone else is doing that.  She's received some very nice responses to those posts.

We're looking to expand the functionality of the site all the time, and draw heavily and gratefully upon the open source/GNU community for tools to make interaction easier and more exciting.

Most frustrating aspect of blogging?
The blogging interface is still very cumbersome.  The WYSIWYG editors out there don't work in all browser windows, so you end up having to do a lot of hand coding.  You're limited by typing and by a small, flat screen.  We experience and understand the world in four dimensions -- three dimensions through time -- and yet we have to funnel all of our communication through this little straw.  Yet I don't know if I'd call this a "frustration" so much as the area where we can and will see much improvement.  We're just beginning the journey into this kind of communication.  10 years from now, we won't even recognize the "blogosphere."

I guess my personal frustration is just not having enough time and energy in the day to do all I want.  It's like I've been waiting for this opportunity all of my life, and now suddenly days are too short, weeks go by too fast, and vacations seem like something for the next decade.

What’s the one point you’d like a reader to take away from your blog- the one thing for them to really “get”.
There's a lot of crap in this world, and it's easy to get all worked up over this and that.  The key to deal with this, I believe, is by being proactive and reframing the challenges.  It's important to criticize, but also to visualize and create new things, new paradigms.  It's also important to laugh, and be able to laugh at ourselves.  (I know, this ponderous, serious set of responses hardly reflect a sense of humor.  What can I say?  I'm entitled to my moods!)


"With our thoughts, we make the world."  -Buddha

WSS Featured Blogger: Laura from Beauty of the Dream

Name: Laura
Blog: Beauty Of The Dream
Location: http://beautyofthedream.blogspot.com/ London, UK

1. How did you start blogging? Why do you keep at it?
I belong to an online writers group and read about the experiences of other writers with blogs. It took me a while to gain confidence (I had another blog that I scrapped completely for its sheer idiocy) but now, I find myself wanting to blog about everything. I keep at it because –as my mother constantly reminds me – I’m full of righteous indignation at the way people (especially women) are treated in our society.

2. What are your most important issues?
There is so much that bothers me in this world – poverty, discrimination and smoking are just three of the issues that really get me agitated. However, I think engagement in the political process is my most important issue – the only way to change things is to make sure that those in power know what we the people want and that good people run for office. It really concerns me that people don’t believe in voting anymore – especially women who had to fight so long and so hard for a chance to have our voices heard.

3. What's the nicest recognition you've ever received from the media and/or the blogosphere?
I love getting e-mails from people who say they like my writing or that something I’ve written has touched them. To know that my ideas and opinions are mattering to people – well, it’s a great ego boost.

4. Who is your audience? What is unique about your blog?
My audience is mostly women although I don’t write exclusively about women’s issues. As for uniqueness…I’m a young woman who is starting to feel comfortable in my own opinions. I’m very open to debate which I believe can strengthen and refine opinions.

5. Most frustrating aspect of blogging?
I’m greedy – I want more feedback!
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"?
I want my readers to get that even though the world sucks for a not small portion of the time, we’re not prisoners to all the bad stuff. We have the power to change things and to really create something beautiful – a free, fair, equal society where nobody is left behind and nobody suffers.

Quote: Aside from the Eleanor Roosevelt quote by blog title is a paraphrase of?<BLockquote>“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”
- Robert F. Kennedy</Blockquote>

I'm a woman with strong opinions - check them out at http://beautyofthedream.blogspot.com/

WSS Featured Blogger: Mataliandy of Rhetoric 101

Name: Mataliandy

Blog: Rhetoric 101 (mataliandy.blogspot.com)

Location: rural New England

1. How did you start blogging? Why do you keep at it?
I started blogging in response to the Republican National Convention of 2004. I was housebound at the time and watched the whole bloody thing. The deceptive rhetoric blew me away, so I parodied some of the more outrageous speeches. It was very cathartic, and some of my friends liked it, so I just kept going.

2. What are your most important issues?
I'm very concerned about the manipulative way in which the right uses language, and, by contrast, the ineffectiveness of the language used by the left.

3. What's the nicest recognition you've ever received from the media and/or the blogosphere?
Beyond being added to a couple of people's blogrolls, which IS a very nice compliment, there's been no discernible recognition, yet.

4. Who is your audience? What is unique about your blog?
I'm not sure exactly who the audience is, but since more people read it than I've told about it, I hope that it's read by people who want to explore the issue of language as a manipulative tool in politics.

For uniqueness, I try to tie current topics to the historic record or news reports, so that people can see some of the background for the opinion I'm expressing, which hopefully makes it easier to formulate counter-arguments. Though sometimes I just spout my opinion... It depends on how much time is available.

5. Most frustrating aspect of blogging?
It's amazingly hard to come up with the time to post, so I don't keep the content as fresh as I'd like.

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".

I want people to be aware of the ways in which specific words and phrases are used to manipulate people, so hopefully we can counter some of the more dangerous (to our democracy) elements of the neocon rhetoric.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Introducing P!


pronounced "P-Bang"-
P! is about empowering ourselves with populist, progressive principles. It is about taking full responsibility in our daily lives for each other. It is about finding out, by communicating with each other, what we need to do and how we can get it done. I suppose you could say we're about to have a "dialogue" - but I prefer to call it a "blogologue".

I've been invited to be a contributing editor, and the call is out for people of color, feminists, LGBT individuals who want to contribute. Join us!