I had this idea over the weekend. Diana and Gretchen encouraged me to take the shot, so I’m doing it.
I’ll publish a Feminist Friday post on Friday morning. I’ll tell you a story that you will find amusing, if not downright heartwarming, and then I will ask a few questions:
Is Feminism a politically useful label? If not, what do we do about it? Can it be made useful again, or do we need to get creative?
I will NOT argue either of these things:
- Feminism is dead (I believe it is alive).
- We should not reclaim the label as a positive identifier and use it proudly (we emphatically should).
The question is very specific. If we want to work together and advocate for full equality for women in a comprehensive sort of way, should we brand that effort a feminist enterprise? That’s what I’m getting at. I am all about results.
I picked this topic because I know a lot more about political activism than feminism, so it ensures that I will have something of substance to contribute.
Everyone who thinks women should have more equality is invited to read and join in. I plan to have the post up by 9 a.m. Central Time. If you don’t have time to join us on Friday, the thread will be here when you have time to stop by and catch up.
I must work for awhile Friday, but should be able to answer comments and chime in around 3 p.m. Central.
I’m keeping moderation of first-time comments on for a bit. If you’ve never commented on one of our threads, and you think this is a good idea, telling me so would be a good way to make sure your first comment isn’t held while I’m at work on Friday.
Here are a couple of Feminist Friday posts you’ll want to read if you missed them the first time. This time next year, I’ll be calling them classics. Comparative Geeks: Holly on why we need female heroes and superheroes. Alva’s Almanac: Why Feminist Friday is important.
Correction: It’s been so long now I can’t remember for sure, but I don’t think that CompGeeks post was actually a Feminist Friday post. It it does relate directly to this topic, though, and it’s definitely written from a feminist perspective.
image: I got it here with a Google search. Beyond that, I have no idea, but I am grateful to whomever snapped the pic, and will happily credit them if I ever find out who it was.