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Friday Femmes Fatales No 35 (Women Bloggers)

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Ten new (to me) female bloggers, ten top posts, on my way to 400. It answers the question: where are all the female bloggers?

I’m starting with a hugely powerful post from Andrea on Officials Shrub.com about how popular culture, and general culture supports and accepts domestic abuse. She asks: “If we continue to defend injustice because “that’s how life is”, does that not give a green light for the injustice to continue to perpetuate itself?”

Sugared Harpy supports the campaign to ensure the right to emergency contraception in Missouri and on Half Changed World, a post on why excessive standards of cleanliness are a feminist issue.

Then to other politics: Lis Riba sets out more causes for concern about Samuel Alito and on Boudicca’s Voice a strong view about the acceptance of torture.

On the cultural side, MJ Rose suggests the New York Times is losing the plot in covering books.

For something different, EAMS are the initials, I gather, of the diary of a now elderly lady being published by her son(?). Here, she’s recalling childhood visits to Dorchester, and some of its characters, including Miss O’Rourke, who was Thomas Hardy’s secretary. Lovely stuff – there should be more like it.

On the personal side, Casey on Girlspoke imagines the perfect gentleman caller for when she’s ill. Definitely the fantasy category. (Warning, some aspects of the main blog may not be work-safe, at least for conservative workplaces.)

Meanwhile, On Self-Portrait As has an explanation of why people who can’t say ‘no’ are so irritating. I can only sympathise; it reminds me of those horrible social occasions when a group is trying to decide where to eat or drink. “I don’t mind; well I don’t mind; well….” That’s usually the point I go home in disgust, or else I decide for the group, which will then complain about the decision.

Then Jenny Smash writes about the sad side of being attached to cats.


You can find the last edition of Femmes Fatales here.

Nominations (including self-nominations) for Femmes Fatales are also hugely welcome – I’ll probably get to you eventually anyway, but why not hurry along the process?


And don’t forget that the Carnival of Feminists No 4 is now up!

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About Natalie Bennett

Natalie blogs at Philobiblon, on books, history and all things feminist. In her public life she's the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.
  • i’m a major female blogger ~ we’re out there. Google me and see how much i’m out there. Every day i write write write. That’s it: i write, podcast, but that is what i do. I’m a writer – a self-identified and corporate identified blogger. We exist…:) Thanks for your article – i read it with great interest.

    be well, and rock on,


  • Yep, you were in No 15. I know we’re there – the intro is directed to all of those male bloggers who question it.

  • Thanks Natalie – rock on…. I’m glad you’re doing this and included me. We exist in large enough numbers and with a lot of smart, snappy, brilliant (truly) analyses of our world. We ought get credit for that.

    Cheers. You rock.