feminism

Blog for Choice Day 2008

It’s the 35th anniversary of the U.S.A. Supreme Court in the case of Roe v. Wade, a decision which allowed the legalisation of terminations of pregnancy in the U.S.A. on what is widely viewed as essentially a technicality, which is why the case is still so important. There is no Federal legislation decriminalising abortion, merely […]

Feed the FAQ: “rape apologist” definitions, clarifications and links

I’d like to get some wider input into this one. The suggestion was made that we need a specific FAQ, and I think we do. This was my first take in comments answering that suggestion:

Soundbites

A few links to posts addressing particular points of feminist theory and activism, tied together by the fact that they included memorable soundbite rebuttals: Jill (Feministe): Deni’s argument is that prostitutes can’t be raped because they sell sex — which is kind of like saying that merchants can’t be robbed because they sell goods. Richie […]

Centenary week: Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir was born on the 9th of January, 1908. Toril Moi writes in The Guardian that all of us should read her masterpiece, The Second Sex (of which Random House has recently announced a new English translation to be published in the next few years, finally acknowledging long-standing criticisms of the only English […]

In which the moderator apologises for dropping the ball

I have been distracted over the holiday break, and this has meant that over the last month or so I have allowed some commenters through whom I would normally have cut off at the pass. The tone of the blog has suffered badly as a result. Those commentors are aggressive and are discouraging other voices, […]

Happy New Year, all

A few days late, I know. Hope that you all enjoyed your holidays and that the year ahead is productive and joyous.

Best of ’07: post nominations

This is to alert the feminist/womanist blogging community to the FemmoBolsho ’07 Best Posts compilation I have just announced over at Hoyden About Town. (“Bolshy” in Aussie slang has no special leftist connotations, it has a stronger denotation of simply “challenging the status quo”.) There are two wings of the nomination procedure: nominate your favourite […]

Carnival roundup

A reminder for those looking for excellence in feminist blogging, the various feminist and women-centric blog carnivals regularly present the cream of the crop. All the carnivals below feature strong analysis of gender roles and other feminist issues, and the special interest carnivals highlight how feminism informs areas such as science careers and science fiction. […]

Feminism Friday: The origins of the word “sexism”

Although it has long since become a household phrase, the origins of the term “sexism” are not widely known. In researching this article, I found that the term is most commonly dated to the 1968 paper “Freedom for Movement Girls – Now”, however there are actually two other known appearances of this word prior to […]

FAQ: What roles should men play in feminism?

Just as there’s no easy answer to the question of whether or not a man should call himself a “feminist” or go by a different term, there’s no easy answer for what role men should play in feminism. Below are a collection of different thoughts and perspectives of what men can do to be good […]

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