Ideas About Feminism Archives

September guest bloggers: Jane Fae and Kellie Turtle

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We're pleased to introduce our guest bloggers for September, Jane Fae and Kellie Turtle! Kellie is a 30 year old woman living in Belfast who has recently had her first baby, along with her pro-feminist partner. As part of her MA in Gender and Society at Queen's University Belfast in 2009, Kellie studied the history of feminist activism in Northern Ireland and felt that some fires needed rekindling. Thankfully, a lot of other people felt that way too and together they have begun the process of building a collective space for feminist expression and activism under the banner of 'Belfast Feminist Network'.

Feminist Musings on Showing Up

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It’s 11:30 PM. I have a baby with a cold. I have a looming, untouched exam prep list. I have a sink full of dishes. I have students writing me after 9:00 asking for “leeway” in tomorrow’s class. I have a headache. I have a backache. I have anxiety-induced insomnia. I have people. And when the rest of the list makes the latter seem small, my people show up and, as the church folk say, show out. 

a commentary on Blanche Barton’s Satanic feminism essay

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First let me get this straight, Barton doesn’t know the first thing about feminism. She basis all her knowledge of the movement on from the time 60-70′s period. Barton is also a follower and an admirer of LaVey. Anton didn’t like any other movement except his own. I think Anton is ok, but I am sick of getting mixed up with him. I don’t follow his Satanism, in fact, I don’t do much following.

Penelope Trunk’s new “Blueprint for a Woman’s Life:” Same as the old blueprint. Sigh.

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I think that Penelope Trunk sometimes gives great career advice. I like that she values being lost, being open and honest, and making interesting mistakes on the way to finding an interesting and happy life. And even when I strongly disagree with her she never bores me. She really pisses me off sometimes, but she never bores me. Until last week, when she basically tried to pass off “make it your life’s ambition to find and keep a husband” as groundbreaking life advice for women.

Our Kind of People

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The Good Men Project reprints a slightly altered version of an old post of mine today: Our Kind of People, Class, and Pride.

Summer of Feminista: Latina Public Intellectual-In-Training

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My name is Amanda Reyes and I am an expert scholar because the pursuit of knowledge is my passion. In my ever evolving vision of the future, I am one of many Latina public intellectuals, a philosopher, activist, teacher, artist. I want to connect the academy, the arts, and the people, enriching each by bringing them together.

Strength in cupcakes

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“Women are girly. Again,” she says. And apparently, that sucks. Writing for the Huffington Post, Peg Aloi bemoans the death of the “tough gal,” as evidenced by blogs about cupcakes, gardening, Hello Kitty, and knitting. Women write about cuddly kitties. BUST is sponsoring a craft fair, holy shit! Feminism has not only come to an end but is actually regressing, and it’s all because of heirloom fucking tomatoes. Thanks, ladies.

How do I define feminism for myself and my future kids? (Reader question #98)

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This question is from a woman who was raised in a very traditional environment and who is now trying to learn about feminism before she gets married and becomes a parent. She’s looking for recommendations for reading (websites, books) that can help her define feminism for herself. I’ve been saving it to guest-post over here, because I know that this crowd will be able to send her to some resources.

UnderWire 2011

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This is a guest post by Sophie Mayer, who is the author of Her Various Scalpels (Shearsman, 2009) and The Private Parts of Girls (Salt, 2011), as well as The Cinema of Sally Potter (Wallflower, 2009). She recently curated a retrospective of feminist documentary for Punto de Vista, and writes about feminist, queer and independent cinema and literature for Sight & Sound, Horizon Review, Hand + Star, Sound and Music, The F-Word and her own blog, deliriumslibrary.

Bridging Generations ~ You’re Invited

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As you know, the bridging of generations has long been a dream of mine.  It was set on fire, 2007, the night I sat in the balcony in the Ebell at a Feminist Majority Foundation celebration. It was quite the gala.  All of the people you would hope to see, Peg Yorkin, Eleanor Smeal, Cameron Manheim, Margaret Cho, Maxine Waters, Gloria Steinem, Tyne Daly, Carol Moseley Braun, etc.  It was the equivalent of Rockin’ to the Oldies with the Beatles, Stones and Roy Orbison at the Forum in the ‘70’s. (yes, I did see that)

Naomi Wolf argues for de-politicized feminism

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*Sigh* Naomi Wolf, won’t you please just stop? Wolf published a piece at Project Syndicate yesterday with the super friendly title “America’s Reactionary Feminists.” Yes, it’s another one of those articles lamenting that feminists don’t embrace female politicians who actively work against feminist goals.

The pleasures and pitfalls of latter-day chivalry

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I’ll be traveling much of August, so my writing pace will slow down. My last column until the end of the month at Good Men Project runs today: May I Walk You To Your Car? Chivalry and its Contradictions. Inspired by an evening with my wife and our good friend Batsheva (who blogs here) it’s an attempt to distinguish between gender-based performance and gender-based obligations. Excerpt:

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