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Friday Femmes Fatales No 54 (Women Bloggers)

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Welcome to Femmes Fatales; you know the drill – ten great posts from ten new (to me) women bloggers.

To begin, an immensely powerful post from Witchy-woo on Well, I’ll Go To The Foot of the Stairs, about the fate of her cousin, Catherine. She was savagely attacked, but the even worse villain of the piece is the teachings of the Catholic Church…

Then Lelyons on Femivist offers a powerful and deeply personal explanation of hetero-privilege. “Without a doubt, I could exercise privilege if I decided to go with the flow. I would have to stay in good shape and learn to cook, but some might say that is a small sacrifice to make to have a bottomless credit card with which to shop with.”

After that a bit of light relief: Boinkette specialises in the short and sweet, and often pictorial. She’s glad to note that Bill Clinton is well hung. (But what I want to know, in the post above that, is why George Bush is wielding what looks like – in fact I’m sure it is – a cricket bat?)

It is early days, but in the “one to watch file” is Laura on Sheffield Fems who is introducing her group, formed by a group of women eager to capitalise on the success of the national feminist conference, Fem05, which was held in Sheffield in the same month. Mo Pie on Big Fat Deal has meanwhile been expressing a wish – not a really huge wish really – for an overweight woman to be shown on television as sexy and desirable.

Turning to the less overtly “political”, Kaka Mak has some pleasant, and some considerably less pleasant, road encounters, accompanied by a fiery steed.

On Healthy Policy, Kate provides a vivid account of her progress from two crutches, to one crutch, to freedom.

Then ‘Nika has, I gather in reading between the lines, two small children and another on the way. A post about her day might be usefully employed as a contraceptive, for anyone getting a bit clucky. And the effects of the arrival of a baby on a relationship is explored by Shannon on It’s Shanntastic. “Having a baby has been THE most challenging thing our marriage has ever had to withstand.”

Finally, one for the word mavens among us: JCarwen on TruthSpiral would like to apply restraint to some copywriter’s keyboard. I could think of a few other nominations – particularly the bank I walk past nearly every day that has abandoned hyphens. “Old fashioned” looks very odd without a hyphen.

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If you missed last week’s edition, it is here. (If you’d like to see all of them as a list , click on the category “Friday Femmes Fatales” in the righthand sidebar. That will take you to a collection of 540 (and counting) women bloggers.)

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Please: In the next week if you read, or write, a post by a woman blogger and think “that deserves a wider audience” (particularly someone who doesn’t yet get many hits), drop a comment. It really does make my life easier!

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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.