Welcome, new contributors! (Part One)

July 18, 2010 § 2 Comments

by MIRANDA

Readers, after a few arguably annoying reminders and a surprising number of emails, the Women’s Glib team has chosen six wonderful new contributors: Chad, Elena, Katie E. (not to be confused with former contributor Katie S.), Sarah, Kitti, and Adi. They will be introduced in two waves: half will begin posting this week, and half will start the week of August 9.

I’ll let the first wave of new bloggers speak for themselves…

Chad:

Hi there! I was stumbling one day and stumbled upon Women’s Glib, and I was completely amazed with the work I saw. As an active college student and male feminist I really liked the direction it took, and kept following it. I then came across a post asking for more writers, as a blogger I thought, why not contribute to a feminist blog? I do many things in my spare time, mostly graphic design, web design, internet, and video games. I’m also active in the LGBT community in my area, as a genderqueer gay male. I’m excited and I hope you enjoy what I write. :)

Elena:

Hello!

My name is Elena, and I am one of the new writers for Women’s Glib! I’ve had some difficulty thinking about what to write for my introductory post: should I make it more personal? Write about a recent issue that gets on my nerves? Post a haiku?

I’ll mostly talk about myself, because I’m terrible at writing haikus.

Since I’ve been away for the weekend, for a wedding reception, I haven’t been able to keep up-to-the-minute tabs on everything going on with feminism/the feminist blogosphere/news and politics in general. In fact, a wedding reception is one of those times when people are encouraged not to talk about Unpopular Subjects such as sex, religion, politics, etc. In fact, not having to hear my cousins rant and rave about the newest Glenn Beck book (which they did during Thanksgiving) was a small miracle.

But at the same time, I have a fun habit of pointing out the uncomfortable things that people don’t like to talk about, including Sex, Politics, and Feminism. One of the things that I find so appealing about being an actor is when plays and films hone in on the difficult, uncomfortable subjects. People like to think that actresses are vain, preening, and willing to do anything to get a toothpaste commercial. But the truth is that most actors (especially women) could recite Chekov’s Cherry Orchard by heart, and are doing the casting for the toothpaste commercial because in our society, Chekov doesn’t pay rent as much as Crest does. Being an actor (or at least a performing arts major) makes me more of a feminist. Unless I “make it” (or can “find a man to take care of me”…shudder), I’ll have a difficult time carrying a pregnancy and/or taking care of a child. So ensuring that contraception and abortion are easily accessible, and as affordable as possible, is really important to me. As it stands, my birth control prescription costs just about as much as what my family spends on two weeks worth of groceries. This is just a little screwed up.

Art, pop culture, and media are the things that I have the best grasp on, so expect a lot of writing about the world of television and movies through the eyes of an art student. I’ve also had some interesting experiences (such as spending a year and a half at a women’s college) that I’ll be writing about as well.

And maybe a haiku if I really have writer’s block.

Katie E.:

Hey, Women’s Glib readers!

I’m Katie, and I am one of the three new contributors. This is my first experience with blogging, and I’m really looking forward to it. I am extraordinarily grateful to Miranda for allowing me to become a contributor.

I’m 16, I live in Virginia, and I’ll be a high school junior in the fall. I’ve identified as a feminist for almost four years, after I read this book. More on that in an upcoming blog post.

I read a lot, especially Young Adult books, and hope to eventually post some reviews of YA books from a feminist point of view. Contrary to the typical man-hating feminazi, I also enjoy baking and knitting.

I hope to cover a broad spectrum of issues in my posts here at Women’s Glib. In particular, I have interests in birth and pregnancy politics, size acceptance, and ageism, but I expect to write about anything and everything.

Since the writers at Women’s Glib are responsible for moderating our own comments, I’ll tell you now that I’m pretty lax about comment content, and I enjoy a good debate, but I will be following the Women’s Glib commenting policy, which means I will not tolerate hate speech, derailing, or personal attacks. Because of my age and my desire to write about issues that affect young people and children, ageism in particular is something I hope to not see in comments.

If you ever feel like I am ignoring a subject or showing my personal privilege, I encourage you to inform me of that thought the comments. I strongly believe we can’t fight kyriarchy unless we are willing to acknowledge our mistakes and learn.

Like I said before, I am so glad to be writing here, and I hope you will enjoy my posts!

I hope you’re as excited as I am to welcome these writers to the blog. You can learn more about them on our new Current Contributors page. Thanks to all the candidates who emailed me; my co-bloggers Phoebe and Silvia can confirm that choosing new writers was a difficult and thoughtful process. Check back soon to hear from the second wave of contributors!

LAST CALL: Write for Women’s Glib!

July 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Friends: Women’s Glib is seeking new contributors. If you’re interested in becoming a part of this awesome blog right here, please email me soon! As I wrote earlier this week:

This blog is all about centering teenagers’ voices — voices which are so often silenced and ignored. This is a great opportunity for you to project your voice to a supportive and dynamic audience about issues that really matter. The ideal contributor is a high school student who is familiar with what we do here, preferably with enough free time to write at least one new post each week. (Savvy middle school students and/or college-age writers are also welcome!) Brilliant readers, consider this seriously! Don’t be shy! Please contact me at womensglib -AT- gmail -DOT- com. Provide a brief description of who you are, why you’re interested in joining the Women’s Glib team, and a few concrete ideas for topics you’d like to write about here.

The deadline to contact me about this prospect is Monday July 12. Thanks!

Write for Women’s Glib!

July 5, 2010 § 1 Comment

Note: I have moved this post to the top, to make sure everyone sees and reads it!

Are you a fan of feminism? Do you enjoy reading this blog? Are you young, smart, and somewhat decent with words? Then I have an exciting prospect for you: I’m seeking new contributors for Women’s Glib. This blog is all about centering teenagers’ voices — voices which are so often silenced and ignored. This is a great opportunity for you to project your voice to a supportive and dynamic audience about issues that really matter.

The ideal contributor is a high school student who is familiar with what we do here, preferably with enough free time to write at least one new post each week.

Brilliant readers, consider this seriously! Don’t be shy! Please contact me at womensglib -AT- gmail -DOT- com. Provide a brief description of who you are, why you’re interested in joining the Women’s Glib team, and a few concrete ideas for topics you’d like to write about here.

Hot Blog Alert

May 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Check out The Seventeen Magazine Project, a chronicle of one Pennsylvania teenager’s month-long quest to follow the gospel of Seventeen. The writer, Jamie Keiles, promises that:

  1. I will read the entire June/July issue of Seventeen magazine from cover to cover.
  2. Every day I will utilize at least one “beauty tip” (hair/makeup/skincare/whathaveyou) and one fashion tip.
  3. I will follow all diet and exercise tips provided in the issue to a T.
  4. I will participate in every activity recommended by the magazine (i.e. host a fright night, score your hottest summer hookup ever, be confident in a bikini, etc.)
  5. I will apply for every single “freebie” offered by the magazine, every day.
  6. I will consume all media recommended by the magazine at least once. (books/movies/music)
  7. I will hang all provided pictures/posters of “hot guys” in my living environment.

So fascinating! Follow her experience here. Relatedly: female high school seniors who blog about cultural issues, represent!

Help Your Writers

May 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

Hello, lovely readers!

So, it’s almost June. School is wrapping up, glorious sunshine abounds, New York City is engulfed in heat (I mean like it’s-9:00pm-and-still-in-the-upper-80s-Fahrenheit heat with no air conditioner or breeze on the top floor of a walkup apartment building), and as such, I am experiencing a bout of writers’ block.

Help a girl out! What issues/ideas (that we’ve covered previously, or that based on our philosophy you think we’d enjoy taking a stab at) would you like to read more about? What previous posts have most excited or interested you? The list of post tags on the right can help jog your memory.

Leave suggestions and requests in comments. Readers who usually don’t comment are encouraged to de-lurk!

Support Feminist Review

February 22, 2010 § 1 Comment

Do you know about Feminist Review? It’s pretty great: A collective of twenty editors and 200 writers that review everything from films to fashion, tunes to text.

Valentine’s Day marked the start of their month-long fundraising campaign, I ♥ FR. The goal is to raise $5,000 –- the entire year’s expenses –- in order to keep the blog running.

From an email:

Founded in 2006 by longtime activist and media professional Mandy Van Deven, Feminist Review is an entirely volunteer-run forum where readers discuss books, music, film, and other products from feminist perspectives. “Like many independent media projects, the loss of ad revenue has caused us to dip heavily into our savings. Now, despite the fact that the number of visitors to our site has doubled in the past year, we’re teetering toward going into the red,” informs Van Deven. “The I ♥ FR campaign is reaching out to those new readers to ask them to help us survive this recession. If just 50 people commit to making a monthly donation of $10 for the remainder of the year, we will meet our goal.”

The campaign has already raised $530.

Please consider donating to keep Feminist Review — a publication that “prides itself in being a non-traditional, woman-centered, inclusionary resource for readers around the globe” — alive. For more information and to donate, check out the campaign information here.

Our First Blog Birthday

January 30, 2010 § 4 Comments

I’m so excited to announce that today, January 30, is the one-year anniversary of the creation of Women’s Glib.

Starting the blog was a very random decision. Back in January 2009, I was an avid reader of a plethora of feminist and progressive blogs, having been introduced to Feministing by Shira a year and a half earlier.

I had flirted with the idea of starting my own blog, but the prospect was daunting, to say the least: Would I be able to update as often as I felt I should? How would I deal with abusive comments and insensitive critiques? Most importantly — who would read? But one Friday night on a whim, I created a WordPress account and the blog was born.

The answers to the first two questions came when I decided to make Women’s Glib a group adventure. Having multiple bloggers allows us to update more frequently, to commiserate and laugh about misogynistic comments, and to explore a more diverse range of feminist thoughts and experiences. The seven young women who join me here are inspirational feminists, powerful writers, and amazing friends. Thanks, ladies!

The answer to the last question — who would read the blog — is constantly evolving. I am impressed and honored by our readership. Whether you are a blogger, a regular commenter here, or just a silent and supportive reader: Thanks. We owe you.

That concludes my one-year blog birthday reflection. Now for some photo goodness… Be honest with me, now: is Women’s Glib as cute as Shira’s sister Ellie was on her first birthday?

Cupcakes + babies = love.

Shira’s New Blog

January 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m a little late on this, but our own Shira has launched a new blog devoted to Jewish feminism: from the rib? (Is that a great blog name or what? Context here.)

From the blog’s About page:

WHAT? A blog written by a Jewish feminist and it is for everyone to explore what it means for two identities to collide and progress. Topics will range from exploring biblical inequalities/women’s untold stories to the current injustices Jewish women face to the successes Jewish women have had in obtaining equal opportunities across denominations to the complexities and ambiguity surrounding gender roles in Judaism. I know – it’s a lot, but it’s because we have a lot to change.

WHERE? from the rib? resides here on WordPress, but should also inspire dialogue on the streets, in synagogue, during seders, at the Shabbat table, in school, at work, and wherever opinions can be transformed into action on behalf of Jewish women (which translates to bettering Judaism as a whole).

WHEN? I will explore the lives of Jewish women past and present, biblical and historical.

Head over there and show her some love.

Guest-blogging

July 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

Hi readers — I just wanted to let y’all know that I’m going to be guest-blogging at Feministe for the next two weeks [insert girlish bloggy-nerd squeal]. I’ll cross-post everything back to this site, but if you’d like to head over to those more populated comment threads, feel free.

Hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend, or got to enjoy the gorgeous weather even if you had to work.

Examining Female Roles in Western versus Japanese Animations

June 9, 2009 § 2 Comments

I apologize rather prematurely for this post, it’s term papers and finals week, so not only is the blog title far from witty, it sounds like the beginning to a bad JStor article written by an undergrad.

However, someone just showed me this open letter by Linda Holmes on the NPR blog. It reminded me of when I was going through my late night (read: early morning) animation fix of Miyazaki, and was astounded during a few of them that my love for the filmmaking wasn’t constantly pitted against the female protagonists need to support jagged-edged gender binaries.

So.

So while I don’t have time to expand on this, here’s another examination of Western animation from Christine Hoff Kraemer over at Inhuman Decency, that seems to converse quite well with Linda’s piece.

Oh, and P.S. Linda: Susan Sontag would love to argue this one out, but half the fun of children’s films and books are the highly politicized (though often implicit) morals and theologies they bring about. Sometimes they SCREAM for a better world, though the characters may only whisper. Tonight my seventh-grade brother summarized a book for me that he just finished reading and was incredibly excited about. Though the plot line was simple, it featured a girl fighting for women’s rights in a fettered, Patriarchal society. If we take each part of a film to have an intended purpose, a princess can and will never be just a princess.

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