Monday , June 24 2024
Can men be feminist? Can the young face the old? Do you know this revolutionary?

Friday Femmes Fatales No. 69 (Women Bloggers)

Okay, I give up. I'm afraid Friday Femmes Fatales is going to have to become an "occasional" series rather than a weekly one. (I'm going to aim for but not promise fortnightly.) I just can't spend any more hours at the computer than I do now. (But – small bribe – if you send in lots of nominations it could be more regular!)

Now that my little whinge is over, on to the ten great female bloggers with ten killer posts…

Regular readers will know I aim to promote women bloggers even when I don't necessarily agree with them, so I'll start with Jo22 on I Can't Fly, and her take on Jack Straw and the Muslim veil issue.

But I entirely agree with the sentiments of the blogger on Politics'n'Poetry, who highlights the environmental misdeeds of the Saskatchewan Power Corporation (Canada).

Staying green, Anna on Bitchinspin, who's obviously a far more serious cyclist than I, reports on a university free bike scheme. Amazingly it seems, they aren't being stolen!

I'm equally in tune with Kari on Thought Interrupted, who picked up and reshaped the currently popular meme to make it five things feminism still has to do.

Ronni Bennett (no relation, that I know of) on Time Goes By, subtitled "what it's really like to get older", wonders how plastic surgery comes into the 'women's health category', concluding "they’ll force us to become grotesque simulacra of youth to not offend their delicate sensibilities of what is attractive".

On the superb group blog Our Bodies Ourselves, Christine C. contemplates that old question: can men be feminists?. One powerful obituary certainly supports that possibility.

On another question that keeps being asked – what is university (college) for? – the Blue Gal provides some great stats, and interesting thoughts on the changing American experience.

Turning more personal, although still eminently political, Liz Connor reflects on being a teenage bulimic. She reflects how this is merely the other side of overeating: "With any addiction self-loathing and self-comfort become bound within a mutually sustaining, closed system."

After that, some healthy, sensible eating – Jennifershmoo on Vegan Lunch Box offers (with pictures) vegan bento. (I have to admit that after eating almost entirely vegan at the recent Green Party conference I felt remarkably healthy considering the other ways I was abusing my body – e.g. alcohol and lack of sleep. But still not sure I could stick it full time.)

Finally, to finish, the one post you really, really must read here – leave on an inspirational note: The Sappho Manifesto tells the story of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Jennings, a 24-year-old schoolteacher, and apparently unlikely revolutionary.

If you missed the last edition, it is on my home blog.

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 and Val who sent in nominations 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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