Feminist Friday Spring Wrap-Up

This has been a good run of posts. Aside from a week off to post for #1000Speak, we’ve had a discussion every Friday since January 30 and I’ve put a lot less work into it than I did last year. We’re getting better at this.

I find it more than a little funny that I’ve written 12 Feminist Friday posts over the last year or so, and not a single one of them has been published here. But this is where the schedule is and where the links are archived so we can collect them into an e-book later and offer it to you for free. I sorta had to do the wrap-up here this time around.

feministbloggersLOGOVERSIONLast weekend I was almost mugged by four guys. I escaped, but not without bleeding. That got me thinking about my own privilege. I almost posted about it today, but decided to pass.

I’m not ready to connect the violence I experienced last weekend to the privilege, so I am saving that for June. I will tell you the story in my #WeekendCoffeeShare post tomorrow, but today I’m taking a stroll through the last six weeks of Feminist Fridays so those of you who missed some of them can find those posts and check them out.

Week 1

I explain why I am a feminist. 47 comments.

Week 2

Sabina on the problems with the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Seventy-nine comments, but that is deceptive because the thread got trolled and we interacted with the person who was trolling the thread to elicit information from them. It got us enough information for me to write a four-part series.Feminist_Morpheus_Quickmeme_by_GeneO

  1. Yes, Trolling is a Thing.
  2. Eight Indicators of Trolling
  3. Here’s How I Handle It
  4. Are You Vulnerable?

I also outed the trolling person without mentioning them on the front page. You have to read the series and follow the links. If you blog about feminism or any other topic that makes you an easy target, you want to read the series and follow the links.

Week 3

Leah on genderswap, and It. Is. Amazing. 48 comments. No trolling.

Week 4

Hannah on Women in Refrigerators. 37 comments, but we were starting back up after an off-week, most of us weren’t able to devote the attention to this it deserved, and 1000 Speak was still pounding the Internet with compassion links while the discussion was going on. I would not mind re-visiting this topic at some point.

Week 5

Diana on changing her name after getting married the first time, and about not changing it the second time. And about how people react to that. 86 comments, and not a lot of people talking to one another, but she obviously touched something. Because people responded to her.

Week 6

Gretchen on why girls don’t do more math and science. It got 99 comments, and very few were mine.

A good run, I say. I’m hoping for one more good thread, so here are three prompts for you to choose from. Respond to all that apply.

  1. Would you like to host one of these discussions this summer? We’re looking to add one or two new hosts. If interested, let us know on the thread.
  2. These posts cover a lot of ground. They start with a personal piece, then move into media and culture, and finally come back to the personal. The last article touches the personal, the larger culture AND education. (Good job there, Gretchen!) Is there a common thread? Discuss.
  3. What topics would you like to see included in the next round?

This post will be archived with all the others so we can find it easily. Offering topics here means something. I’ll re-visit this thread in May and pull ideas from it when I start planning for summer. So if you have feminist leanings and you want something discussed, best chime in this week.

justice_quickmeme_by_geneoThanks, everyone, for hosting and sharing and showing up for these discussions week-in and week-out. As long as you keep showing up, I’ll keep organizing them.

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17 thoughts on “Feminist Friday Spring Wrap-Up

  1. I’m really sad I missed the beginning of this. I loved Hannah’s post on women in refrigerators. It was excellent.

    And hey, if you guys need help formatting the ebook, I’m your lady. 🙂

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  2. I did miss a couple of the posts so I’ll go back and read them this weekend. I’m also thinking about the violence you encountered. From personal experience, i know those things are very difficult to come to terms with and then write about them. Take your time processing it. Glad you’re ok.

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  3. Yay, I remembered it’s Friday! 😀

    Another excellent run. Regarding a theme… The only one I can discern is “women are people,” which is basically “feminism,” so that’s no surprise in a feminism series. But maybe the general sense that women shouldn’t always be supporting actors. Shouldn’t be secondary characters, shouldn’t have to change their names if they don’t want to. It shouldn’t be “bless her heart, she’s just as good at math as the boys in class.” It should be foundational and assumed that people have equal value.

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    • That is a very good way of putting it. I’m glad you remembered 🙂 This one is not doing what I hoped it would.

      I’m trying to figure out if it’s because I posted it here, or because it is a wrap-up, or if something else is going on. Going to check now and see if the Tweet went out. This blog actually Tweets from its Facebook page now, and I just set that up this week and am testing it, so it may not have.

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    • Overall, though. I am pleased. This was almost eight weeks’ worth, and it did not take as much work from me as the four-week runs were taking last year.

      Also, I now have an idea of how much lead time is required to plan them.

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  4. I apologize that I didn’t get in on the discussions earlier today. Also for not getting my ‘homework’ done by reading the other FF posts to be a helpful contributor to this discussion. I think part of the volume level is that there may have been a bit of confusion since you don’t normally host FF here. That was one of my reasons for procrastinating. I assumed too much. I was expecting another thread elsewhere so not sure if I should or shouldn’t post comments here. End of the week fatigue doesn’t help that. :-/ 🙂 My main point that I like to stress with feminism is that, to me, today’s feminism means “True Equality” of the sexes and not the old standard of “achieving equality by raising women above men”. “Girl Power” and all of that is outdated, to me. Equal Partners in Community, awareness efforts and The Feminist Movement, male, female, others; All are on the same level, equal platform, mutual. No one is above or below any other. There are inequalities that need to be addressed still, true, but… Okay, sorry, just realized I’m writing a blog post here. So sorry about that.

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  5. Er. I haven’t actually read any but Gretchen’s and Diana’s this time around, so can’t comment on the common threads. Anyway, I do have a couple of post ideas that could work as Feminist Friday discussions next time.

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