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Friday Femmes Fatales No 37 (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?

To begin with the seasonal, a Christmas story from Tayari Jones. Then L on Random_Thoughts says angrily the war on Christmas must end. Remember: Jesus will hate you if you take your lights down, ever.

Becca on Not Quite Sure offers advice for parents on surviving the Christmas concert.

In India, the Blank Noise Project is collecting information on “Eve-teasing” – harassment of women in public – and campaigning against those who would blame the victims. Jasmeen reports on a university’s skewed view. And the blogosphere is far from free of such behaviour. The Fat Lady Sings finds misogyny at its finest in comments on posts about violence against women.

SexPosFemme is angered by an article about black women’s sexuality.

Maryscott on My Left Wing expresses solidarity with striking transit workers.

Girlbomb, whose book is out in the new year – check out the link on the left of her blog – has a brief foretaste of fame. But if you’d like to range further afield for reading material, the Accidental Blogger offers a South Asian reading list.

Femme Feral (love the name) on Fluffy Dollars finds a good skirt is hard to find. Capitalist fashion strikes again.


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?

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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.
  • The Accidental Blogger’s book list is woefully inadequate- she needs to widen her range of reading- someone should tell her about our own Mr Banker, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Boria Mujumdar, Thomas R Trautmann and many more.

    Her reading list is a generic Indian version of the American Best sellers.

  • I’d be glad to help you catch up.

    I’ve been here a long time – and I support my sisters in blogging.

    There are so many – here is a list of women in blogging – and I know there are many more!

  • Well, I guess you just told me Swingingpuss. I will check out some of the authors you mention – but I must confess that I have so far been supremely unimpressed by much of the lesser known but “edgier” writings – I don’t know if your list qualifies. My own list does not claim to be complete or even adequate by any means. I am familiar with my readership at whom it was targeted. Most of them have no familiarity with South Asian literature at all. It was meant to ease them into the genre with reliably good pieces of writing (fuddy duddy by your standards, perhaps?). I am hardly one to scour the best sellers list for my own choice of reading but sometimes very good books too make it there.

  • Not fuddy duddy at all Ruchira 🙂 I meant no offence really. Its just that they are over sold writers especially in the Western countries.

    The likes of Arundhati Roy get on my nerves.

    Other hand I am a big fan of Salman Rushdie who does feature in the best seller list.

    I’ve been reading a few ‘obscure’ Indian writers who will never grace the shelves of Barnes & Nobles and their books have been phenomenal.

    Since most of these book arent availabe in the US I’ve been begging people to get me books from India.

    Try reading -How to be a goddess of your home:An Anthopolgy of Bengali Manuals- Judith E Walsh

    I’m sure you’ll love the book

  • You should review a book like that, SP

  • Well, its not available on Amazon as yet. What’s the use of exciting people about a book that they cant lay their hands on?

    Or be reduced to my begging state….

  • No offense taken – I had to know where you were coming from with your critique and to tell you where I stood on this one.

    Well, that was one of the criterion for the list – that the books I choose ought to be widely available, preferably on amazon. Posting obscure but good books would have been of no use for the purpose of my blog post or to the uninitiated reader.

    I very much like Rushdie myself, although a couple of his latest books have been frenetic in their pace and scope, tending almost to show off his erudition and his with-it-ness. I started reading him in the early 80’s well before he became known here or even in India. But he is one author that most Americans are likely to be familiar with – so I did not name any of his books in particular.

    Except for Amitav Ghosh, I am not a dedicated fan of any s. Asian writer writing in English and as I point out in the comments section of my blog, s. Asian writing forms only a small fraction of my total reading. I do not have any particular fondness or animosity towards Roy. But God of Small Things is, in my opinion, very clever and well executed.

    I read a lot of books, essays and articles in original Bengali and am intimately familiar with classic as well as modern Bengali lit, including the women authors. Katha publications has put out several top notch collections of translated works from original Indian languages including volumes dedicated solely to women authors, which are worth looking up. I do not know what Judith E. Walsh’s collection of manuals will contain. I will find out. Thanks for the pointer.