Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Hey, ya'll -- Once again some of my posts have been selected for inclusion in this month's 11th Carnival of Radical Feminists, this time hosted by Holly Ord at the wonderful MenstrualPoetry.

I REALLY encourage you to hop over and read some of the other selected posts and expose yourself to new blogs. I always pick up a wealth of new ideas, well as new sites to add to my blogroll, from this excellent Carnival.

And, to give you advance notice, I've signed up to be a host of the Carnival myself next May. I'm very much looking forward to all the great reading I'll get to do, as well as giving back to my community. Thanks, Heart, for starting this shindig rolling!

According to the National Women's History Project, today in 1922 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guaranteed women the right to vote. Only 86 years of enfranchisement. We got a LOT more way to go, sisters.


A blog carnival is a periodic gathering of previously-published posts from other blogs which are all pertinent to a chosen subject which is hosted by a different blogger for each edition. This particular carnival aims to foreground the the finest radical feminist posts from around the blogsphere. The host reviews submitted posts and selects those which will be featured. Posts are submitted by their authors, using the entry form online found here for this Carnival of Radical Feminists.

There are hundreds of other carnivals on a wide array of topics. To peruse a list of what is available, go to the form link above and find the sidebar option.

The next (12th) Carnival of Radical Feminists will be hosted by Debs at The Burning Times. Entries must be submitted at the form above by 14 March 2008. The Carnival will go online on 21 March 2008.

About the Carnival of Radical Feminists:
The Carnival of Radical Feminists will be held each month on the full moon. Hosting responsibility will be shared, and at least to begin with, pending additional radfem suggestions and process, our goal will be to foreground posts in the feminist blogosphere which highlight or showcase radical feminist analsis, theorizing, process, events, politics, and ideas, and which celebrate and honor sisterhood as it has been herstorically envisioned by radical feminists.

We hope the Carnival of Radical Feminists will build the profile of radical feminist bloggers, will direct extra traffic to participating bloggers, and particularly newer radical feminist bloggers, and will build radical feminist community worldwide.

All submissions consistent with herstoric radical feminism are welcome, whether they are written by men or women, and even if the blogger does not specifically identify as a radical feminist (yet!).

We define radical feminism as follows:
---We believe that women are oppressed worldwide by patriarchy, the “rule of the fathers”;
---We seek to abolish patriarchy;
---We understand patriarchy to be a system of structures and institutions created by men in order to sustain and recreate male power and female subordination. The structures of patriarchy include, but are not limited to, the law, medicine, religion and the traditional family;
---Women’s oppression is rooted in both the structures of our society and in capitalism and white supremacy. Patriarchy includes not only male rule but also heterosexual imperialism and sexism (Charlotte Bunch);
---In order to abolish patriarchy, we must challenge its root components and causes which we locate in oppression of females by males;
---We believe that the uprooting of sexism simultaneously inaugurates the uprooting of racism, class hatred, homophobia, lesbophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, competition, hierarchy, ecological disaster, and economic exploitation of all kinds;
---The revolutions, so-called, which the world has known to date, have been coups-d’etat between men which have pruned certain branches but have left the root embedded for the sake of preserving male privilege over all women (Robin Morgan);
---We are a journey of women becoming. We do not seek reconciliation with the fathers; rather, we affirm our original birth, our original source, movement, surge of living. We Re-member our Selves (Mary Daly);
---We are woman-identified and woman-centered. We put women first, not only in our politics but in our personal lives;
---The expression of our politics is concrete: we oppose pornography, prostitution, the institution of marriage and the traditional family, sadomasochism, compulsory heterosexuality, gender coercion, and dominance hierarchies of all kinds; we endorse, support and work to envision and create peaceful, respectful, noncoercive, relationships, structures and institutions which affirm the importance of all human beings, all creatures, and the earth;
---We affirm lesbianism and lesbian separatism as revolutionary paths for all women who choose them.
---We understand gender as a structure and system of subordination, and as such, we seek its eradication.
---We pursue and celebrate sisterhood.


Holly said...

Thanks so much for posting about the carnival, glad you enjoyed it!

Liza Cowan said...

That's great Maggie. Way to go! By the way, what exactly is a carnival of radical feminists. Is it a kind of juried compendium?

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