Feminist Blogs and Bloggers
For the panel tomorrow, I have chosen to “study” feminist blogs and bloggers. I have been a reader of Feministing for well over a year now, and I have learned a lot about what it means to be a feminist, and to be a more informed and critical “consumer” of my own culture. I have also become more aware of issues that affect women in other parts of the world, and have expanded my view of what feminism is, and of what it means for people in other cultures.
There are multiple authors who contribute to the main Feministing site (nine women in their 20’s and early 30’s who identify with different cultures, different sexual orientations, etc.), and they all bring their various interests and viewpoints into the discussion. Recently, Feministing also added a community section to their site, allowing pretty much anyone to post about topics related to feminism. The authors often pull out community posts and feature them on the main part of the site, giving bloggers the chance to have their voices heard by an even wider audience and to engage in discussion about their thoughts.
Feministing describes its mission statement on the website as follows: “Young women are rarely given the opportunity to speak on their own behalf on issues that affect their lives and futures. Feministing provides a platform for us to comment, analyze, influence and connect.” I like the idea of creating a space where feminists (the audience is mainly women, though I have seen a few men post before) can convene and share their thoughts, work, etc. and have it be recognized and celebrated. I also find it interesting to see the ways in which Feministing authors, as well as community members, place importance on both the personal and political, and show that the two are often not so far removed from one another.
But of course, there are numerous feminist blogs out there – Feministing is just the one I have chosen to peruse on a regular basis. Feministing has a huge list of links to other feminist blogs (http://www.feministing.com/links.html#blogs), and I am sure there are even more that aren’t linked. Another that I have looked at on occasion is Jezebel (http://jezebel.com/index.php) which has more of a celebrity/fashion focus. There is also Feministe (http://www.feministe.us/blog/), and a blog I just discovered today but wish I had found earlier called Finally Feminism 101 (http://finallyfeminism101.wordpress.com/). Feel free to comment with any others that you guys might enjoy reading!
As I look at these blogs, I am thinking about who the authors are, what they are aiming to do with their blogs, and essentially, how the technology of blogging has been used by feminists (and women specifically) to reach and inform their audience. I am also curious to think about the place of blogging in the feminist movement, and about how technology is being used to alter the way feminism is understood by our “technophilic” generation. I am thinking about some of the questions that Anne posed in her “head’s up” blog post, especially the ones toward the end of the list, such as how technology has allowed this group to “restore” something that has been taken, and about how social networking plays into the use of this technology. I suppose we’ll see what kinds of working answers I have by class tomorrow!