You might want to check out the Feminist Friday post at Part Time Monster tomorrow.

Diana’s issued a personal Facebook invitation for people to join in the Feminist Friday discussion tomorrow. Here’s a quote from her invitation.

Looking at the Google search results for the Monster often reminds me of why we need feminism—“monster rape girl,” “funny boko haram” “funny#bringbackourgirls,” “monster rape.”

Friday, we’ll be talking about feminism at the blog. If you’re interested in feminism, in discussing feminist issues, I encourage you to read and participate.

This is one of those weeks you want to read it, whether you feel up to commenting or not.

If you’re just joining us, you’re welcome at the Monster tomorrow. You should be aware of the fact that we’ve done these discussions every week since late March, with only two off-weeks. We have an archive to prove it. Our friends help us out by hosting them sometimes and commenting when they are able. Sometimes the threads are still alive on Monday morning.

This week might be the best one yet.

A Mississippi Love Story

I can’t tell you how happy I was last Thursday to find this in my Twitter feed. I hope it reaches a wide audience.

Here’s the trailer:

The description: A short documentary that takes a poignant glimpse into the lives, relationships and politics of life-partners Eddie Outlaw and Justin McPherson, at a time when citizens in Mississippi and across the nation were watching and waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Defense of Marriage Act case. The time to leave Mississippi has passed for Eddie and Justin. They are committed to staying and making Jackson a thriving place for the gay community to live and, hopefully, in which to marry. @MSlovestoryfilm

If you are close enough to Jackson, MS, and interested enough to drive there and see it for free this weekend, you can find the address of the Mississippi Museum of Art here.

Here are a few more details, which I hope it is ok to share:

Cinematographer Lauren Cioffi spent months, beginning in March 2013, documenting the day-to-day lives of Eddie Outlaw and his partner Justin McPherson Outlaw.

A second unit team captured footage in Washington, D.C. as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8 and on the Defense of Marriage Act.  Editor Azod Abedikichi employed an upbeat and whimsical style, which included animating original illustrations by Joy Abedikichi, to capture the essence and spirit of the subjects. Composer Chris Gibbons’ simple and beautiful Red Tango reflects the energetic and optimistic disposition of Eddie and Justin.

Sounds cool, doesn’t it? You don’t want to miss it!

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Film Credits:

Director/ Cinematographer: Lauren Cioffi
Producer: Robbie Fisher
Editor: Azod Abedikichi

Feminist Friday Plan, and Change of Venue

I’ve made my decision about Friday. I’ve started a post on early childhood learning. I am hoping it will give us a way into education. I’ll likely mention #yesallwomen, but it will not be the focus.

I’m moving my Feminist Friday posts to Part Time Monster starting this week. Several good reasons for that, but I’ll spare you the explanation.

Thanks to everyone who’s supported these discussions and kept them going since March with only one week off. I appreciate all the support – every read, every like, and every comment is important. I wouldn’t still be doing this if folks hadn’t responded and encouraged me to keep it up.

That’s all. Stay tuned.

Death of Feminism and Lewis’s Law

It’s late, I know, but this is really a good post to round out the day. Holly wrote it more than a year ago, before this blog even existed. I never would have discovered it if David hadn’t shared it on this week’s discussion thread. It talks about the same issues I was grappling with in that first post, all those weeks ago, when I invited people to talk about the political usefulness of feminism as a label.

Comparative Geeks

So this is kind of a supplemental post to my Damsels in Distress post because for some reason after watching the video from Feminist Frequency and watching some of the responses YouTube decided to recommend some other videos for me. The subject of these videos all touched on the point of feminism being irrelevant, feminism being too extreme now, and why someone chose to not identify as a feminist anymore.

During this same time I also read this amazing post by Laura Hudson on her Tumblr discussing why she feels that it is important to still identify as being a feminist. The interesting thing about her article is the fact that her response partly stems from an article on Salon discussing famous women who do not call themselves a feminist. So after hearing from the various sides I wanted to just put my two cents in.

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