Friday , April 19 2024
Summer reading, why diamonds are useless, and positive violence on TV.

Friday Femmes Fatales No 65 (Women Bloggers)

Ten great posts from 10 new (to me) women bloggers.

On the beautifully named So Many Books, Stefanie Hollmichel reflects on the BC (before computer) days. "My writing relationship with my computer is different than someone who came along AD (after DOS) …. I wonder how a computer would have changed Virginia Woolf's writing?

Staying with the bibliophiles, since it is summer holiday season, Ali on bonbon cosmique selects her five favourite historical novels. For the young adult readers – and those who fancy an expedition to the abbey of Whitby in Northumbria's glory days – Carla Nayland on Historical Fiction reviews Wolf Girl, by Theresa Tomlinson.

And Jennifer Weiner on Snarkspot has been at what sounds like an amazing reading session in New York, with Stephen King, John Irving, and J.K. Rowling.

Turning more critical, can you imagine Rebus speaking "American"? That's what Sarah Cuthbertson on Sarah's Books found when she looked at an American edition of Fleshmarket Alley. (That's Fleshmarket Close to the rest of us.)

Moving on to issues of body politics, Stephanie, The Feel Good Girl, is reflecting on the uselessness of diamonds. "You can’t wear a diamond tennis bracelet with a wetsuit or on the ski slopes, so what good is it?"

Now I'm aware that some of my readers might consider this a controversial topic, but if you do use use wax for hair removal, either at home or at the beautician's, Spa Diva on Blogher has advice on making waxing as painless as possible.

Moving swiftly on, "Heidi the Hick" on Hick Chick isn't geographically where she'd like to be right now, but she's still managing an interesting life anyway.

Turning more overtly political to finish, on The Wonderful World of Lola, praise for the BBC and Eastenders (a popular soap opera). "Considering the number of kids who see similar scenes playing out live in their own homes, I think the Beeb should be praised for being brave enough to show the realities of the abuse that so many women and children live with."

And Skookumchick on Diary of a Feminist Engineer explains how she aims to be, well, a feminist engineer. "I believe that engineering (and engineering education) has historically been constructed to ignore technology associated with women and women's work."


If you missed the last 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 650, and counting, women bloggers.)


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. Or don’t be shy – nominate yourself! (Thanks to Penny for her suggestions this week!)

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.

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