Feminist blogs, and some websites.
This is the merest whiff of what’s available online. For reasons of personal aesthetic preference, some selection has been made: an avoidance of the pure journal, for instance, and some sifting for writing of a higher quality. Though this is by no means always the case, and — sensible and serious things like gynocriticism and anarcha-feminism aside — my own tastes do verge towards the adolescent or even puerile, and allow for the bawdy and four-letter; so, erring on the side of the eclectic, yay even at the peril of the indiscriminate.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE & CREDO
I am a feminist: being a woman.
Like (m)any (an)other, I am interested in the sorts of feminist thought that are about women.
As a woman who lives in the world, I am also interested in the sorts of feminism that look at, read, interpret, and comment on the world from a feminine point of view.
As a human being, I also declare an interest in humanism and all things actively, proactively, and interactively engagé.
So how should I be labelled? Anti-phallogocentric for sure; and it is a curious ironic paradox of history that, in taking up a stance against The Powers That Be, the fine and right-thinking folks who coined “phallogocentric” didn’t conjure up its contrary. It would be nice to be something other than something else’s negative (see: wo-man et al). Gynoperipheral—no, that makes me marginal so it won’t do. Gynocentric? But that implies replacing one authority with another, and I am opposed to centralising authorities and their tyrannies; besides, I disapprove of any ethical, political, and other ideological structures based on power-relations. Being a posthegemonic gynocritic seems to be some sort of a happy medium. And one that might, through shared definition and attributes, have returned me full circle to just being a good old-fashioned feminist.
- An example of the kind of discussion Obrienatrix likes; featuring, as ever, the importance of context, careful reading, and thinking before, during, and after writing: “Are you a feminist? If Margaret Atwood isn’t sure she is a feminist any more, we started to worry that they were becoming an endangered species” (The Guardian, 9 September 2009) – interesting responses; read in the *context* of Arifa Akbar’s interview of Margaret Atwood (The Independent, 4 September 2009); and further commentary on Jezebel (9 September)
- Sites are in alphabetical order, as the hazards of juxtaposition give some taste of the rainbow of hues and flavours
- Les sites en français sont indiqués par « FR »
Aristotle’s Feminist Subject: This blog has been a way to interact with some of you around “subjects” that Aristotle has taught too many of us in the West, even today, to disparage: females, rhetoric, and translation. Much recovery yet to do.
FR : Clara magazine (cf. Femmes solidaires)
Diary of a Black Male Feminist: New Black Masculinity
FR : Elles aussi
FR : Encore féministes !
FR : Espace Simone de Beauvoir (association pour les droits de la femme). See particularly Histoire – théories – ressources documentaires on feminism.
FR : Famafrique
Feminist Allies: A Blog for Feminist and Pro-Feminist Men’s Issues
Feminist Fred: Radical Feminism for Humans with Male Parts
FR : Femmes solidaires
Girl with Pen: Bridging Feminist Research and Popular Reality
FR : humOur de dogue
Inkwell: blog of the Independent Women’s Forum
FR : Ni putes ni soumises
FR : Les Pénélopes
FR : Regards des femmes
The Uncommon Man: Men’s Resources International – Supporting Men in Supporting Women
WIMN’S Voices: A Group Blog on Women, Media and News (Women In Media and News)
The Women Within: An Examination of Classic and Contemporary Women in Film
Finally, a fine purveyor of feminist-themed gear (including the splendid mouse-mat featured below)
Images: Smart Women Company