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.

A historic Women’s Glib moment…

April 17, 2009 § 1 Comment

That we’re a little bit late on. My two-line plug for Holla Back was our 100th post!!

Starting Women’s Glib was a slightly random decision, though I’d had it at the back of my mind for a while. I am thrilled to say that it has been an immensely gratifying venture and my new preferred method of procrastination. I’m incredibly privileged to write, plan, talk, and change the world with such amazing young people.

Thanks as always for reading, commenting, ruminating.

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