LGTB blogs need to stand on their own. They do valuable work and should not have to ‘compete’ against war activists or feminists. They are not blogging about fringe subjects. In fact to not be considered fringe is surely some of the point!
Similarly feminism is a very specific activism. Struggles for fair pay, freedom from blame for sexual assault, reproductive choice, childcare… these are issues that affect not only women, but men, families, children, and the way our society can grow to be more inclusive and protective of all.
To suggest that feminist blogging is not important enough to have it’s own category is suggesting that these issues carry no weight..at least not with the operators standing by to dismiss your call.
Look — Feminism includes activism, but hasn’t been limited to it since the days I had a “Why Not” poster up on my apartment wall.
The activism began paying off in societal recognition of womens’ issues long ago, and feminism now influences virtually every aspect of our society in some way. If you guys don’t get that, I don’t know what to say. Except I’m very sad.
Feminism is now in its third century. Its formal beginning was in 1792 with Mary Wollstonecraft. Its central insight — that social hierarchies are political constructs, not natural facts — is perhaps the most important idea of the post-Enlightenment period. It’s the grandmother of all subsequent social reform movements.
It’s rather important, really.
Related: Mary Wollstonecraft, A vindication of the rights of woman