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Thursday, March 6th, 2014 10:34 am
There's been some discussion on tumblr of the culturally ignorant and thoughtless way white feminists often talk about anime/manga:
the original post, with my transcript, some following discussion.

This is something I've been thinking about for a while, I'm really uncomfortable with the combination of fetishisation/othering and erasure that's applied to Japanese culture in most anime and manga discussions I encounter, and would like to do better. So here are some thoughts on that. (Yeah, I know, ANOTHER WHITE FEMINIST POV /o\)
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Saturday, December 31st, 2011 11:25 am
It's very good, and very readable too, I've had real trouble concentrating on non fiction (or anything much) for the last few years but found this fairly easy to get into.

Russ makes SOME attempt at intersectionality, but there are some glaring omissions. She's also almost entirely focussed on American/British English Literature, apart from one or two examples. But regardless I think the silencing techniques she talks about are pretty universal and this book would be useful to anyone thinking about how marginalised group voices are suppressed.

The cover contains a summary of her argument:
“She didn’t write it. But if it’s clear she did the deed… She wrote it, bit she shouldn’t have. (It’s political, sexual, masculine, feminist.) She wrote it, but look what she wrote about. (The bedroom, the kitchen, her family. Other women!) She wrote it, but she wrote only one of it. (“Jane Eyre. Poor dear. That’s all she ever…”) She wrote it, but she isn’t really an artist, and it isn’t really art. (It’s a thriller, a romance, a children’s book. It’s sci fi!) She wrote it, but she had help. (Robert Browning. Branwell Brontë. Her own “masculine side”.) She wrote it, but she’s an anomaly. (Woolf. With Leonard’s help…) She wrote it BUT…”

She wrote it BUT… )
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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 05:40 pm
Pride and Possession: Magic Flowers, Hair, and Women (and the Kidnappers Who “Love” Them) Compares and contrasts Tangled and Beauty and the Beast, which reminded me of some discussions I've had with [personal profile] pippin etc.

Around International Women's Day there have been a bunch of interesting posts about the women who often get ignored by feminism.

On Being Feminism’s “Ms. Nigga”

Feminism For Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism All of the quoted essays look really interesting.

Decolonial Feminism & the Privilege of Solidarity
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Monday, June 29th, 2009 10:27 pm
This is a report about [livejournal.com profile] femmeconne, a women's con held last.. September?

I started writing this after I got back, but it was a VERY stressful time for me, especially with regards my health, so I never finished it. And now I've forgotten what I was going to say. So the first part is the original draft, the second my 8-month-old vague recollections.

Original Draft
Since I was incredibly curious before I went, and other people also seem to be, a synopsis of my time there. Note that I got sick for the Sunday, and was a bit woozy on the Saturday, and in general YMMV.
A feminine convention )
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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 10:05 am
I had a bit of an epiphany last night. I've seen a lot of complaints from WOC, disabled people etc about being treated as "add ons" to feminism, which has as a default the needs and experiences of white middle class western women. I'm sympathetic to these claims but always felt I was missing something.
And then I got it. At least a bit )
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Friday, January 2nd, 2009 04:13 pm
Since a large proportion of you aren't on her flist: [livejournal.com profile] stephiepenguin has just posted the Eighth Down Under Feminists Carnival, lots of interesting feministy links to fill in an afternoon.
sqbr: me cosplaying the bearded dwarf cheery longbottom, titled Expressing my femininity with an axe (femininity)
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 11:31 am
This is a very pondery post, I tried writing something considered for January Down Under Feminists Carnival but got this instead. Disclaimer 3b applies, and it's written in the context of my other posts about feminism and gender. Also please keep in mind that the point of this post is "How to make feminism better" not "How does feminism suck". There are LOTS of places on the internet where non-feminists rant about how much feminists suck, but not so many where feminists get together and constructively criticise the movement, please don't derail the conversation.

Something I've been pondering for a while is my uncomfortableness with the more extreme anti-man edges of feminism. The problem with of course is that 99.9% of people who complain about feminism being "anti-man" actually mean "pro-equality": consciously or unconsciously they think men deserve more than women (more power, more authority, more leeway etc) and so any time someone challenges that it feels "unfair". See also Q: Since When Is Being Criticized Like Having Your Limbs Blown Off by a Landmine? A: Since That Criticism Came from Someone with Less Privilege Than You. And let me make it clear: I'm not talking about the particular goals etc a feminist might be fighting for, or the "tone" with which she pursues them, or a justifiable anger and shirtiness, I'm talking about a completely dismissive and unsympathetic attitude towards all men under all circumstances on principle for being men(*). This attitude can extend to any woman (or person of more complicated gender) who is seen as being too much in cahoots with the patriarchy. Also this is a pattern of behaviour some feminists exhibit at some times, I'm not trying to paint all or certain feminists as Bad People.
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Saturday, August 30th, 2008 03:52 pm
I have seperated these out from the post on my panel since I think people might be interested in them seperately without having to wade through several pages of me blathering on :) Some of these are really good if you have any interest in these sorts of things.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 09:46 am
EDIT: Hmm, so perhaps judging such a dicey topic on a brief skim was unwise. I think I've been reading so much legitimate criticism of feminism for this post that I stopped being sufficiently cynical about anti-feminists motives.

Since [livejournal.com profile] greteldragon asked if I knew of any "Why I am not a feminist even though I'm a woman and against sexism" stuff(*) I've been keeping an eye out, and today came accross [livejournal.com profile] anti_feminism, which from a brief skim seems like it's participants have their hearts in the right place (ie they don't appear to be a bunch of raving mysogynists, unlike another community I came accross a while ago with a similar name I can't remember)

So, not my sort of thing, but thought some of you might be interested.

(*)Beyond Why I am not a feminist
sqbr: me cosplaying the bearded dwarf cheery longbottom, titled Expressing my femininity with an axe (femininity)
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 08:33 pm
This is an intermittently edited collection of ideas for a panel on "Feminism and Race" I ran at [livejournal.com profile] femmeconne. As such it's aimed at feminists/women, though anyone else is welcome to read it. I put all the links I found (and there's some really good stuff) in a separate post, since it's important that my argument can stand on its own (I can't give people links in person!)

My plan is was to briefly cover the basic ideas and then get into a moderated discussion where all I'll do is keep things on topic and inject the odd new idea or possible sub-topic, since I'm pretty sure people will have as much to explain to me as vice versa.

EDIT: I discussed what happened at this panel here. Overall it went ok.
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Friday, August 15th, 2008 12:49 pm
Having finished my Phd and had some time for my brain to bounce back, I've been filling my brain with lots of different things, including history. The thing is, I find most history books to be either too dry and technical for my not-so-arty brain, or very conventional and uninteresting: all about the lives of kings and other rich white men, and tending to uncritically regurgitate the traditional and nostalgic ideas people already have with just a few glosses of extra facts. I think the desire to try to fit morally grey people like bushrangers and colonists into neat little good guy/bad guy boxes is one of the reasons I find my own country's history so unbearably dull.

One solution to this is to seek out histories which are explicitly from a more non-conventional viewpoint. Tony Robinson is about the only tv historian I can think of who does this, mainly with the lower classes, ie with his Worst jobs in history.

Beneath the cut: a synopsis of what I've found so far, including "The Homosexual History of Australia", "Damned Whores and Gods Police: the history of women in australia" and "Understanding Deaf Culture".
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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 07:56 pm
Recently I've felt in need of something to read, and to that end reserved some books at the library. Today they all came in at once. So now I have to read:
-Pride of Baghdad, about a pride of lions who escaped from Baghdad prison at the beginning of the Iraq war. Sad parable.
-"In our time", a memoir of feminism. Longish nonfiction, likely to be emotionally intense
-"The parable of the Talents", confronting sff about slavery and the collapse of civilisation. (Sequel to The Parable of the Sower)

..in two or so weeks. (I read pretty quickly, but am a sook about emotional intensity. That's why I already reserved and read all the happy stories I wanted to read ages ago)

I just read "Pride of Baghdad", it was very good but so sad! *sniffles again*

Also, added a few books to Library Thing last night to see if I liked the book recommender (it looks promising) and was reminded of how many cool books I already own and haven't read in a while. It never rains but it pours!

I think I'll go watch some "Angelic Layer" now.

EDIT: Have read maybe an 8th of "In Our Time", it's certainly very readable and interesting but is definitely a memoir rather than an unbiased account. Also, having recently heard a bunch of complaints about the erasure and dismissal of non-white feminism and feminist history I have to say I was a bit skeeved by her "feminism was entirely an invention of white women from the civil rights movement" and the way she (to me) portrays the exclusionary radicalism of civil rights groups as scary and mean while from feminists it's brave and necessary (part of an overall bias towards any group she was part of) Still, whatever her tone may imply about their merit, she does try to get across all the different POVs, and the necessity of a little against-the-grain reading aside, so far it's a fascinating portrait of the complex history of the movement, and the conflicts both internal and external.
sqbr: me cosplaying the bearded dwarf cheery longbottom, titled Expressing my femininity with an axe (femininity)
Saturday, April 12th, 2008 08:18 pm
So, I've always had a certain amount of interest in women's rights, but always felt a bit put off by feminism for reasons I couldn't articulate. I eventually decided to dig a bit and either get over it or figure out what the problem was. In the process I've become convinced of two things:
(a) I am a feminist, and feminism still has a lot of important work left to do
(b) There are a bunch of things I don't really like about the feminist movement as it actually works

And I got curious about you guys experiences and identities.
So is you a feminist? Huh? )
sqbr: me cosplaying the bearded dwarf cheery longbottom, titled Expressing my femininity with an axe (femininity)
Thursday, December 20th, 2007 12:17 pm
So, this is something that's been bugging me about feminism as a movement for a while, and I was hoping some of you more educated and involved feminist types could educate me. I've been prodded into asking by a few annoyed posts about racism amongst feminist bloggers at [livejournal.com profile] debunkingwhite which helped me crystalise the issue in my head.

EDIT: The answer, it appears, is "Yes" :) Kind of. See [livejournal.com profile] strangedave's very interesting comment on the subject.
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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 08:09 pm
Am currently reading "The Beauty Myth" by Naomi Wolf. I was a bit worried it would be a strident polemic (I hate those, even when I agree) but while (as you'd expect) she takes a more extreme view of the situation than me (and tends to stretch her metaphors and arguments further than is wise) she doesn't hit you over the head too much and far from being anti men is if anything a bit soppy about the joy of an equal romantic partnership. I'm not sure I agree with her overall premise, that the focus on Beauty(*) is recent and the result of a backlash against womens lib, but many of her descriptions of the effect it has on women really rang true.

For example: have a listen to love songs on the radio. The ones from men to women often focus on how sexy/beautiful the woman's body is, "I love the feel of your skin" etc. But I can't think of a single love song from a woman to a man where she compliments any part of his body apart from maybe eyes. Feel free to point out the gazillion I'm missing :) EDIT: and you did. I still think it's a tendency, but one which does appear to be changing.

(*)The main aspects are afaict:

  • There is an unrealistic, unattainable (too thin, artificial) standard of female beauty
  • womens self worth is presented as directly related to their similarity to this standard, yet they are judged for being shallow/asking for sexual assault if they try to attain it
  • Uh..I forget. I may edit this post when I remember :)