What She Said!

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

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Philobiblon: Calling All Feminist Bloggers

Philobiblon via Rox Populi

There's a new feminist blog carnival starting up. The first one is October 19, and they're taking submissions to natalieben (at) gmail (dot) com with "History Carnival" (?) in the subject line.

More info at The Carnival of Feminists.

Great idea! Everybody send your best feminist post for the month, and let's get this puppy rolling!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Sour Duck: The Feminist (blog) community and Anger

Sour Duck

Sour Duck has a nicely done post about Brutal Women's blogmistress deciding to be a little less brutal, and making an announcement to that effect on her blog. She touches on the very important issue of Feminist Anger and the compulsion others, i.e. men and women who want their approval, feel to tell feminists how to behave. I have a few thoughts on the matter.

1) I blog because I have something to say, and I don't hear anyone saying it quite the way I do.
2) If I wanted an editor, I'd get a job at a newspaper.
3) I don't honestly think much of women who aren't angry.

As with any human endeavor, there's a vast range of possible behaviors and values, and we each decide, consciously or not, where we want to fit on the spectrum of possibility. Brutal Women seems to have chosen to trade a certain freedom of expression for wider acceptance. That's a valid, frequent decision. I hope she gets what she's after.

I choose to be on the very edge of the angry side. I don't consider myself "lazy" or "reactionary". I simply have nothing to lose. I have no kids or significant other to embarrass; I'm retired, and quite ill, so I have plenty of time to think and rant; I believe there is value in what I have to say. Mary Daly once said words to the effect that in order to move culture in the direction of change, there have to be a few wild women willing to be on the fringe so the middle of the road moves more in that direction. I'm on the edge.

I'm the wild woman living on a mountain in the middle of nowhere talking to Nature and listening to what She has to say. The people of the village would be afraid of me if they knew I was here, possibly with good reason. The reason being that they are living unexamined lives following rules they've never questioned and making assumptions that simply aren't true, and if you are going to deal with me, first you will wake the fuck up. Lie and I'll call you a liar; contradict yourself and I'll call you a hypocrite; drink the kool-aid and I'll call you a slave. I'm not here to make friends, I'm here to start a revolution.

From the perspective of an average American with a fair amount of sophistication and education, I do plenty of non-PC things on my blog. I mix my unusual religion with my radical politics. People would take me more seriously if I wrote about politics without the Pagan stuff, but that would bore me, and the people who would prefer that need to deal with their own bigotry. I'm an intelligent, well-educated adult, and I have years of study and research backing up my beliefs. To assume that I'm a kook or dismiss my opinions because of my beliefs is oppressive and presumptuous - not behavior I'm likely to tolerate from a self-proclaimed Progressive who ought to know better. If you're really that intelligent and tolerant, show it.

I know more about Christianity than most of the Christians who want to pray for me, so they'd better know what they're professing before they criticize me. Jesus was not a Republican, and he was probably a lot more like me than Jerry Falwell, so I'm not going to let you use his name to justify hate. Read your own damned book. But I digress.

I am angry. I am a feminist. Deal with it. I know it would be easier for all concerned for me to just shut the fuck up and endure my second-class status in that demure, long-suffering way that women are taught to - be happy with 3/4 of a paycheck for twice the work, cause permanent damage to my feet and my credit to wear those spiked heels that make me more vulnerable to predators, and smile dutifully when a guy takes credit for or benefits from my work - FUCK. THAT.

I don't care if I scare the white people. My sisters are being systematically beaten, raped, tortured, mutilated, bought, sold and murdered, with religious and government support, everywhere. This is a literal war on women, and that gives me a right to be angry.

My government is controlled by greedy white men who don't give a shit about the poor, the sick, the young or the old. Laws are being discussed which will determine the status of my genitalia, by a government practicing gender apartheid. I live in the most ass-backward developed nation in the world in terms of poverty, health care, infant mortality, education, and violence, and that gives me a right to be angry.

It looks as if the lot of women in America is about to get a lot worse, and that gives me a right to be angry.

From my perspective, any woman who is not angry, is not paying attention. I'm going to do everything in my power to get her attention, because solidarity is our only hope.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

misbehaving.net: gender bias in web site design

misbehaving.net:

Misbehaving has an interesting post about gender bias in web site design. Did you know that the vast majority of university web sites are designed to appeal more to men than women? When you're on the web, do you ever feel that you are in foreign territory?

Do you have a general feeling of "otherness" in this culture? Does knowing that most colleges have a "male" design for their websites add to a feeling of "otherness?" Do we feel that we are in a society that's not set up for our convenience? Enjoyment? Utility?

Is it a "man's world" in design? On the web? Has anyone ever commented on your web design in terms of gender?

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

WOMEN to be ENSLAVED in INDIANA!

Our Word>org & Booman Tribune:

Now they want single women to suffer criminal penalties for becoming pregnant and have married women apply for permission to use reproductive technologies! Tell me again why we aren't supposed to call them NAZIS!?



"http://www.in.gov/legislative/interim/committee/prelim/HFCO04.pdf
The next meeting of the Health Finance Commission will be held a t
the Statehouse on October 20, 2005 at 10 am in Senate Chambers and
is open to the public.
To express your support or opposition of legislation
making 'unauthorized reproduction' a criminal act, contact members
of the Health Finance Commission by telephone or email:
Sen. Patricia Miller (R) 232-9489 s32@...
Sen. Gregory Server (R) 232-9490 s50@...
Sen. Gary Dillon (R) 232-9808 s17@...
Sen. Beverly Gard (R) 232-9493 s28@...
Sen. Ryan Mishler (R) 233-0930 s9@...
Sen. Connie Lawson (R) 232-9984 s24@...
Sen. Marvin Riegsecker (R) 232-9488 s12@...
Sen. Billie Breaux (D) 232-9849 s34@...
Sen. Vi Simpson (D) 232-9849 s40@...
Sen. Connie Sipes (D) 232-9526 s46@...
Sen. Timothy Skinner (D) 232-9523 s38@...
Rep. Vaneta Becker (R) 232-9769 h78@...
Rep. Robert Behning (R) 232-9981 h91@...
Rep. Timothy Brown (R) 234-3825 h41@...
Rep.Mary Kay Budak(R) 232-9641 h20@...
Rep. Da vid Frizzell (R) 232-9981 h93@...
Rep. Donald Lehe (R) 232-9648 h15@...
Rep. Richard Dodge (R) 232-9729 h51@...
Rep. Charlie Brown (D) 232-9676 h3@...
Rep. David Orentlicher (D) 232-9991 h86@...
Rep. Craig Fry (D) 232-9994 h5@...
Rep. Carolene Mays (D) 232-0243 h94@...
Rep. Scott Reske (D) 232-9695 h37@...
props to Indiana Green at http://www.progressiveindependent.com
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NOTE: I'll update the emails ASAP...

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Sour Duck: Blog Spotlight: The Women's Autonomy and Sexual Sovereignty Movements

Sour Duck:

SOUR DUCK honors us with a comprehensive article about The Women's Autonomy Movement site and a timeline that is more complete than I could have created myself! Check it out.