The 31st Carnival of Feminists (part two)

February 7, 2007 at 8:01 am | Posted in Blogroll, poetry, pop culture, the forg | 19 Comments

Welcome back to part two of the 31st Carnival of Feminists! I hope you enjoyed the reading in part one… but I know you’re all just here for the punchline. It’s the title of our second half, and it’s below the cut.

Part two: One. And it’s not funny.

Well, actually, I think it’s hilarious, but what do I know? I like Justin Timberlake. On with the show — this half’s got a little bit of everything.

Sadly, we’ve lost two feminist icons in the past several weeks. Tillie Olsen, author and labor organizer, passed on January 1, and Anne at Fernham remembers her legacy:

Tillie Olsen became a writer against the odds. In Silences she offers an account of how the life of a working class mother mitigates against writing. She’s the writer the Virginia Woolf dreamed about, hoped for, and longed to find when she spoke to Working Women in the Cooperative Guild. Unlike Woolf or American leftists (such as Meridel Le Sueur with whom Olsen is often paired), Olsen was working class: she never had to agonize over the ethics of her identification with the cause. The huge gap between her acclaimed first short story in 1934 and “I Stand Here Ironing” in 1955 stands for the years spent working and raising four daughters.

Then, of course, that badass of a writer, Molly Ivins, died from breast cancer last week. Our Bodies Our Blog says goodbye in Molly Ivins: Raise Some Hell, while over at Mad Kane’s Political Madness we find an ode Molly might appreciate, in the form of an anti-Bush limerick.

As always, many of us are writing about the difficulties of reconciling our feminism with our other beliefs and daily lives. New blogger Elliptica considers the personal/political divide, while bluemilk sees the problem made manifest… in a Kate Spade bag. The Angry Black Woman finds her moniker the subject of much discussion, at Wikipedia, of all places. Natalie at Philobiblon considers what it means to be feminist and Green, while saltyfemme explores the implications of being a queer femme living in – you guessed it – the patriarchy.

Granted, I exist in this world and was socialized into the same one as straight women. At the same time, I imagine and seek out a world outside of the mainstream. In my attempts to stray from the mainstream, I realize also that the best way to fuck with patriarchy is to subvert it and not to reject it outright. Rejecting something means that you acknowledge its authority, power, and importance. It is completely exhausting and when it comes to gender, and to femininity more specifically, it doesn’t work. Queer femme means subverting femininity – gender is never meant to be taken at face value. It’s a game. The trick is figuring out the rules.

Self-analysis and cultural analysis are never far apart, and some of us have been hard at work providing our own ‘feminist response[s] to pop culture’ (well, Bitch can’t be everywhere at once). Maia at Capitalism Bad, Tree Pretty provides a different take on the film Shortbus; Jane Doe discusses Miss Potter; Dwysan Edwards at the f-word is not impressed with The Pursuit of Happyness; and Miso at The Oh Zone skips the film, gets straight to the stars, and takes us on a wild ride deconstructing an infamous cover of Vanity Fair:

And what’s Scarlett thinking? I imagine the inseam of her J Brand jeans, the measurements of. I think Scarlett looks gauche next to Keira, but it could be ‘cus the red lipstick sucks, mistake. They keep trying to make her into Marilyn or Hayworth but unfortunately, we’re at this juncture of trying to decide whether women should be stupid and obsessed playthings of men or smart whippets. They know Scarlett is prolly somewhat more of the latter but they want her to have that “classic,” aka, patriarchally defined look.

But, sure, i’m a hater on big bummed blank faced bad actresses playing hipster; especially 20 yr old ones that try to express pain subtly through constanty, open-mouthed lightly-glossed lips. It’s like, give her a lollipop. And Parker Poser’s hyperbole.

If you’ve read my blog, you know my two competing obsessions are poetry and pop culture. So obviously I’ve been delighted with the proliferation of poetry across the tubes recently; it got started with Sylvia’s Neruda Meme, which spread all over and as far as academic blog The Valve. But there have also been excellent non-Neruda offerings by Blue at The Gimp Parade, Kevin at Slant Truth, and BrownFemiPower at Women of Color Blog.

I’m also happy to announce that Sylvia and I have decided to continue the trend by starting a progressive carnival for literature, the Carnival for Creative Writing. You can post favorite pieces by published authors (although, for the sake of discussion, please include some analysis or response) or your own creative efforts. The first carnival will be held at The Anti-Essentialist Conundrum on March 2nd; please have all submissions to Sylvia at [sylviasrevenge AT mad DOT scientist DOT com]by February 28!

Of course, there are plenty of other opportunities to participate in progressive blogging communities, and I have a few of them listed below, under ‘Other Announcements’. Please feel free to post other upcoming deadlines and community events in comments.

That’s all for this Carnival of Feminists. I hope you found some good reads, and maybe a few new places to hang out. The 32nd Carnival of Feminists will be held at Bumblebee Short Potato on February 21. Please nominate posts early and often!

Other Announcements:

February’s Help Us Help Ourselves is up at Faux Real Tho!

The Angry Black Woman has proposed a project for Black History Month (which is February in the US) besides the usual lipservice:

What black folk do we hardly ever talk about yet deserve to be remembered if not celebrated? What recent history is worth exploring? And what is your personal black history? I would love to hear stories about people’s families. Either stuff you remember or stuff you were told. How did your people contribute to history? How were they affected by it?

Mark your submissions ‘Our Black History Month’ and link back at that post.

Taking Place will host the new Ourstory Carnival on February 22nd. You can submit posts here. The carnival seeks to share

…the stories that are rarely or never told; stories that have been forgotten; stories that helped define you and us. They can be stories of lesser known figures or actions of the past. They can be stories from your family. The idea is to breakdown the hierarchical approach to history that only shares stories to promote patriotism and pacifism. We want to create an ever-evolving ourstory of what makes us who we are. A collective ourstory that informs the present and reminds us that each and every one of us are responsible for how ourstory will be told in the future.



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  1. Brilliant compilation of Feminist postings. Truly, I haven’t even had time to see them all but the topics and the reading…inspiring and thought-provoking. That’s what it’s all about–getting others to think. Thank you for the time and effort you put into creating these two posts.

  2. HA. I love the joke and I love dividing the carnival into two postings. Excellent idear!

  3. The Koala looks stoned or terrified…one or the other. Kittens are cuter…but I have to admit the koala is fuzzy, which ups its cuteness significantly.

  4. god can you spell check me?
    i need wine.
    you’re smart.

  5. […] made a carnival. It’s like a doo-doo, only better. Filed under indeterminate having Leave a […]

  6. Ack! Was all about to leave this to read later and then I saw the koala. How am I supposed to go write serious shit when there’s a koala.

    Awesome job.

  7. This is WONDERFUL.


  8. Thanks for the great selection of posts. I appreciate being included with so many great feminist bloggers.

  9. Yes to these links. Yes to the Creative Writing Carnival.

    Thanks for the link, too!

  10. On the other hand, I totally disagree with Miso’s second paragraph about Scarlett while agreeing with her first one. There continue to be small-scale seams within feminist pop cultural studies, I guess.

  11. huzzah! a wonderful compilation.

  12. pp, you know i’m not supposed to be blog reading during my limited internet time!

  13. […] 31st Carnival of Feminists is now up at Petitpoussin’s place. There’s two parts, so be sure to head to […]

  14. That koala’s like, “get your hand out of my crotch asshole!”

    (which is also, coincidentally, what feminists are saying to bush.)

    Brilliant girl, brilliant.

  15. Thanks for doing a spectacular! job of hosting the carnival. A great collection – and a cuddly koala to finish…!

  16. Thanks for linking me! Love the carnival- lots and lots of ways to kill time at work!

  17. […] by brownfemipower on 10 Feb 2007 at 06:33 pm | Tagged as: link farms Petit’s lovely feminist carnival in pieces. go read […]

  18. Changing the Context

    Nestle explains that not only are we subverting the colonizing power, (and here she is speaking about pervasive heterosexuality and hetero gender norms) she is bravely stating that we are socialized in this pervasive culture, yet we can use the ver…

  19. […] 11th, 2007 A warm welcome to visitors from Fetch Me My Axe and especially to visitors from the Carnival of Feminists. I am especially honored to be featured on the carnival among so many fabulous feminist bloggers. […]

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