And now for your non-host Feminist link: Terri Hamrick, who I just discovered by browsing the Feminism tag, checked her “other” folder on Facebook recently and the experience inspired her to write a word or two about how women are treated online and about male privilege. This is my favorite part:
Recently there have been many discussions in public forums about privilege, and especially male privilege, how it is invisible to those who have it, and how the strategies of oppression focus on depersonalizing those who operate outside of the dominant group, how insidiously experiences are minimized, invalidated, gaslighted. Being called out on behavior is not comfortable… but learning about one’s privilege, and using it for elevating those who do not have it and advocating, being an ally, and least of all … NOT BEING PART OF THE PROBLEM… is all part of what it will take to end domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and all forms of abuse of power and control.
A story. I had a lull in my day yesterday and decided to browse the pop culture tag on my phone and look for some readers for Sourcerer. I discovered the very first post at For A Feminist, Anyway. It grabbed me. I looked at the post, realized it was the first ever, and loaded it up in my reader to look at the followers. Turns out I was the first, y’all! The very first!!!
I left a comment. Received a thoughtful, enthusiastic, and polite response. You can guess what I did next. Shared it, is what I did. Because you know I like some Feminism, and so do a few of my friends. Once I got an idea of what my friends thought of the post, I went ahead and shared it on Twitter. Here is the tweet for your convenience.
Now, let me just say. I understand Feminism pushes buttons for some people. I also understand this is a blogger I just met yesterday. But I’m interested, as of right now. She gets to take the shot. I’ve added her to my WordPress “Discovery” list. I am sharing her blog today because I value feminism, it is not every day that I get to be the very first follower at a new blog, and I am eager to see what she does next. (And the fact that she’s answering her comments doesn’t hurt a bit.)
That’s all I have to say about it. I have a long day at work today, and the first ever #WeekendCoffeeShare is almost upon us. But I’m paying attention to this blog, whether you see me liking and commenting over there or not.
"A woman is in some ways like a book.. and should never be judged by outward appearance alone. You must read every chapter that is offered to you.. then as each page unfolds you will see her true inner beauty"