She's Nothing If Not Hot

I have some great posts for you to read: two bloggers write on women and beauty, and another about a less-than-desireable speaker selected by The Fawcett Society. Oh, and a little pontificating by myself with a question for you at the end.

Alyx takes two "write like Twisty" pills and churns out quite an impressive piece that examines how chess player Arianne Caoili is portrayed by Australian media. See "She's Nothing If Not Hot" at Mad Shiela Musings.

Feminist Bite notices a speaker at a Fawcett Society event and objects in "Theresa May? Come on!":

"I can't think of anything less inspiring or less feminist than listening to the women responsible for the Tory's highly offensive 'Shoes, Shopping and Politics event'. And paying for the privilege to have my intelligence insulted!"

Definition: A Feminist Blog examines the politics of personal appearance in "Why it matters, pt. 1":

"This is not a discussion of individual women's choices or personal preferences. This is not a judgement about women who choose to engage in certain beauty rituals for whatever reason. This is about the harmful systemic attitudes towards women's bodies in American culture, which are unfortunately being propagated throughout the world thanks to the American media. And that attitude is that female bodies are inherently flawed, incomplete, inferior as they naturally occur (as if we have any choice in the matter when we're born). That is in no way acceptable."

This is in response to some of the push-back against feminist blogs that focus on the way women are policed on matters of personal appearance. The criticism is that this is a white, middle-class concern, and that there are more pressing matters for feminists to put their energies into.

There have been some fine arguments made on both sides in the feminist blogsophere.

Frankly, I want people to write what they feel passionate about, and what issues mean the most to them. If that's date rape, blog away. Or maybe it's slave-shop reform. There are a million areas that could benefit from feminist analysis and action. I believe that feminism is supple and elastic, and is useful in all spheres of life.

However, there's a danger that the white middle class blogs resist acknowledging important matters that are not so white and middle class, e.g., the teacher's strike in Oaxaca, Mexico.

What do you all think? On feminist blogs, is there too much concern with how women are pressured to focus on their appearance?

And should feminist blogs strive to be all things to all people?

Contributing Editor Melinda Casino also writes at Sour Duck.


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