Quote(s) Of The Day: Pillars And Foundations

by matttbastard
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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.

April Reign

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.

JJ Hippie

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.

Chet Scoville

Related: Mary Wollstonecraft, A vindication of the rights of woman

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In Their Honour

by bastard.logic

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Here’s some activism for you.

Much love and respect to one of the Best blogs in Canada and to one of the most tireless human rights activists in the nation. No need for any popularity contest to confirm these unequivocal facts. Thank you (and every other blogger and/or blog proud to adopt the title of “Feminist“) for everything you do.

(You’re right, Dave; it doesn’t get any better than being on Jon Swift’s blogroll, does it?)

Related – Coming soon: a list of bastard.logic’s favourite Canadian Feminist Blogs.

UpdateQuote of the Year candidate:

 Did you not understand that if you run a Best Feminist Blog awards [sic], and only feminism [sic] bloggers can run, then a feminism [sic] blogger will win?

Noted without further comment.

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The Last Word

by matttbastard

900ft Jesus + Canadian Cynic = WIN.

Update: Added to the equation: Prole, JJ, Engaged Spectator, and CC again.

Update 2: And Pretty Shaved Ape (apparently I was premature with my “last word” declaration).

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Insider Baseball: The Sequel

by matttbastard

Shorter CBA establishment: “Lighten up and let teh menz have their little circle jerk!” [update 12.19: links corrected–nice try.]

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Yes, damn wimminz and darkies, always having to ruin the fun of teh poor, put-out white menz. Newsflash: no one is holding anyone hostage; no one is holding a gun to anyone’s head; no one is calling for Armageddon. With respect, this also isn’t akin to asking for a constitutional rewrite (yeah, like fucking Charlottetown all over again–“You feminists are ruining everything!”)

Here, let me spell it out: what compelled myself and others to suggest a boycott of the 2007 Canadian Blog Awards was the utterly asinine attempt to lump feminists into the LGBT category (provoked, I might add, by HER trollish whinging, not the request for a Best Feminist category that Berlynn, JJ, Prole, myself, etc made). Speaking as both a feminist and a person who identifies as non-heterosexual, that was an ignorant, cruel, dismissive slap in the face to both feminist and queer bloggers. Are y’all so clueless that you can’t recognize this?

Please, cut the martyr-posing and check your goddamned privilege. If the matter is so trivial, the gesture of a boycott so meaningless, why the sizable negative outcry from both dedicated Right Wingers and (apparently clueless) small-‘L’ liberals?

A nerve has been exposed.

“And “Best Feminist Blog” cannot be done, as it is unacceptable to some.”

“Feminists jump up and down about “male dominance” but there is a truth about ” equality” that does not get represented in media. I am so sick of men being blamed and bashed for all the illness of the world, when there is more at stake, more to factor into the equation about the state the world is in.”

“Maybe we should instead call it the most “feminine” blog award. That would be more inclusive. Being feminine is part of the definition of being a feminist.”

This entire discussion seems to have been time-displaced from the Suffragist era. Scandalous women who actually want the vote?! PREPOSTEROUS!

*rolls eyes*

So, to recap: some knuckle-dragging misogynists stuck in the 19th century, in tandem with RABID pro-life absolutists who seem hell-bent on confirming the worst stereotypes about the baby-lobby, are acting like knuckle-dragging misogynists stuck the 19th century and RABID pro-life absolutists who seem hell-bent on confirming the worst stereotypes about the baby-lobby; as a result, the organizers are refusing to use the word “feminist”.

Apparently there’s a new ‘F’ word that you never say, m’kay.

You know, if NBCD is speaking on behalf of the organization (and not out of a cavernous nether region where his cranium apparently resides) we (as in the bastard.logic crew) might not wait until Friday. I’ve been speaking with my cobloggers, and they (being nasty, man-hating, baby-eating F-worders) really don’t appreciate being associated with the regressive (if initially well-intentioned) endeavour this is turning out to be. And no, that’s not meant as a “threat”, merely a fact. [Update: by unanimous consent, we are out. Try not to celebrate too loudly.]

White liberals and Right Wing reactionaries team up to roll back the Progressive Era; I want another category: “Biggest Farce of 2007″.

Related: Voluntary homework, courtesy Mandolin and Roxanne.

Portions of this post appeared in different form at Bread and Roses and the 2007 CBA site.

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