Around the Dial: Alito, Democratic spinelessness, and one NARAL post

It's time for another twirl of the radio tuner to see what’s playing around the dial. (See if you can catch the stylistic theme to this installment.) You'll be eased in with a NARAL post, but it's all downhill from there (Alito)… Dori Smith at Backup Brain swears off supporting NARAL with donations: “Sorry, folks, but it’s actions, not words that really matter.” Read further for the Dori's analysis. Packed in Saccharin issues a judo-chop that's swift but effective. Diane E. Dees at DED Space amuses with “Roxie freaks out over Alito”. The Heretik does its heretiky thing: “Only women, Democrats, and other traitors should be worried with where we are headed. We are so screwed, but only in approved positions. Thank you.” Echidne of the Snakes opts for the polite approach: “I have nothing polite to say on the topic. Get your burqas ready, gals.” ...more

Techy Xicanistas

Maybe you think that Califa is Latin America and maybe you don't. But whatever, here's a fabulous chicana blogger, sys admin, and activist from San Jose: xicanista: Thoughts of a Chicana Feminist. ...more

Hi Liz -

I'm ambivalent about the Topless Programming site, but this whole post is excellent ...more

Deconstruction time again

What can make sitting through the dullest film, yawning through the most turgid theatrical performance or ploughing through the most lumpen prose worthwhile (if not necessarily enjoyable)? Why, a spot of gender deconstruction, of course! ...more

That is an interesting question. Am I a realistic representation of the female gender? ...more

Around the Dial: Equality in marriage, lesbian stereotypes, and anti-feminist rhetoric

What’s the buzz on feminist blogs? Time for another installment of “Around the Dial”. Bitch Ph.D. discusses marriage post-kids and a relevant book in “No Kidding”: “This book points out in really clear language something that I think I intuitively understood about that: suddenly there was Something Else in the marriage, something that was bigger and more important than either our mutual commitment or our independent goals. It also points out something that I don't think I understood very well: that suddenly my own bargaining power in the marriage was far less than it had been up to that point. In other words, despite the marriage we'd constructed, the introduction of a child in and of itself seriously lessened my autonomy.” Kameron Hurley at Brutal Women examines the messy ball of wax that is every writer's lot: how do you include characters from groups you have limited knowledge of? (With sensitivity, one hopes.) ...more

I guess I'm a bit preudiced myself, having worked with members of Equality California for the ...more

Quote o' the Month: Blackademic

From “to clarify” at Blackademic: when the “tokenized” feminism is discussed in regards to women of color, in general these postings are not as praised, commented on, or link backed to—or once the topic is proposed, the comments usually ignore the issue at hand, if people comment at all. once again, whiteness becomes the center and authority of an anti-racist struggle and white guilt is at play where it seems that these issues have to be addressed at least “sometimes.” and in return, these white feminist gain recognition for playing the role of the “good” white person, whereas people of color who are writing about the same things, are largely ignored—and not as applauded. instead, we are deemed as angry and racist in return, or just completely wrong. The author, nubian, responds to feedback in the comments thread to her poem, “i blog because i need to”. Via Slant Truth. ...more

Scarleteen Fever

The best things about keeping your blog's own metrics with services like Sitemeter and StatsCounter is the referrers. I love to go through my referrers to see who is linking to me. I have more than once stumbled upon a great site and that's what happened to me this week, with the discovery of Scarleteen, a site chock-o-full of grrrl power that is dedicated to "sex education for the real world": ...more

If there were a prize for most screen real estate occupied by a signature, I think liza's won. ...more

The Politics of Knowledge Production (or, how Wikipedia landed in hot water)

A couple of related controversies burst into pixillated glory like fireworks recently, and while the links may have cooled, the core issues for feminists remain current: who and what determines knowledge production? First, a little background: Wikipedia, as you may know, is an open-source online encyclopedic project. Although by no means comprehensive or definitive, it does contain useful information for the casual user. Anyone with a pc and internet access can sign up to become an editor. So far, so internet... but here come the bright lights: Shelley Powers of Burningbird noticed a distinct gender divide in the technology entries at Wikipedia, starting with herself and a male colleague. She lit the fuse with "Ladies, Wikipedia is Ours": ...more

A new comment on an old post. I started a Wikipedia for BlogHer. It's ...more

Introducing: Quote o' the Month (Burrow at I See Invisible People)

My colleague posted an intriguing quote, prompting me to post a quote of my own from a running series at my personal blog, Sour Duck. I call the series Quote o' the Month, however, that is just a conceit; I frequently post four or five quotes in one month. Here's the inaugural Quote o' the Month at BlogHer. Consider it an invitation to visit the feminist blog, I See Invisible People. To appreciate the refreshing directness of this quote, you really need to read the original post as well as wade through the entire comments thread. But here we go: All you people defending the patriarchal standard of hairless doll like women is just sickening. ...more

You are taken AND don't believe in marriage. more

When legitimacy claimed (or acclaimed) is arguably unwarranted

If there's one thing that worries me more than someone claiming the unearned right to speak with authority on a topic - it's when others foist that authority on people who are undeserving of it. ...more

I can think of SEVERAL areas of my life that this idea is pertinent to. But needless to say, ...more

Latin American women in the Bloggie Awards

The 2006 Bloggies have some great candidates for Best Latin American Blog. Bestiaria is well-written, funny, and obnoxious. I enjoyed the frivolous post about women and flavors of icecream. Here's a translation of an excerpt from another post on how there are a million types of old man, but only a few types of old women: ...more

Hola Liz, thank you for writing about the bloggies and mentioning my blog. Hugs from Panama :)more