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International Women’s Day: #Feminist #Bloggers #MakeItHappen

Since last year, a group of bloggers have been hosting a series of Feminist Friday discussions, and the series has returned in 2015. I have been lucky to be part of this group and am glad to see how far this project has come. I am looking forward to seeing it continue to grow in the months and years to come.

Last month, I thought that we could turn the 2014 posts into an eBook. Everyone involved was on board and we started working on it to make it happen. Feminist Bloggers: The 2014 Collection is available for free on Smashwords (digital formats include Kindle mobi, epub and pdf), as it was our idea to make it available as such. (It is also available on Amazon for $0,99, since Amazon refused to align its price with Smashwords. All benefits made from sales will go to a feminist friendly charity, on which all authors will agree in the near future).

Feminist Bloggers is a collection of twenty feminist essays by eight authors, covering a broad range of topics from feminism as a political label, to rape culture, to various perspectives on education. This volume also includes several pieces about how marketing addresses women and how mass media represent them. Every essay was originally published as part of a blog series hoping to generate a discussion about the topic at hand.

Foreword by Gretchen Kelly, Afterword by Gene’O. Other contributors are David B. Cox II, Diana Gordon, Hannah Givens, Leah Zoller, Sabina Leybold. Cover was designed by Jennifer Miller (using a background by Rose B. Fischer).

Thank you to everyone who was involved in this book project, as well as to everyone who contributed to the discussions and helped spread the word!

Cover designed by Jennifer Miller.

Cover designed by Jennifer Miller.

About.Me and Writing/Blogging Updates

I finally caved in and have joined about.me. You can find my page here. I have added the widget to the side bar of the blog, as well as the Contact page. I am still learning how it works, but it already covers the basics of my links (and I hope that the WordPress app will eventually behaves!)

On the writing side, I have just made the final edits for a chapter to be included in a print volume next year. The next item on my list is to finish the Tenel Ka chapter for my upcoming eBook A Galaxy of Possibilities: Representation and Storytelling in Star Wars.

Once this eBook is completed and sent off to my editor, I will start plotting a few guest posts projects (Gene’O, Ronovan and Sarahbeth, you will probably hear from me within the next month!)

Photo Credit: Coley Christine Catalano.

Photo Credit: Coley Christine Catalano.

Feminist Friday 2014 Finale: All Good Things . . .

I am so glad for having been able to take part to these Feminist Friday discussions, both as commenter and host. I am happy to see all that happened over the past months and am looking forward to what 2015 will bring!

Part Time Monster

These Feminist Friday discussions are the coolest thing I have ever done on the Internet. We’ve written 23 posts on 8 blogs. I’ve lost count of the responses we’ve prompted. Some of these discussions ended up with comment threads of 50 or more. At least a couple of threads ended with more than 100. We’ve had discussions that started on Friday and didn’t end until Tuesday. Sabina’s post questioning the value of the Bechdel Test post was Freshly Pressed. Not bad at all for a project that started with three bloggers talking on a discussion thread at blog that was barely a month old. Rather than try and prompt a focused discussion this week, I’ll talk about what the success of this enterprise has meant to me and where I hope it goes from here.

Even though I am stepping away from the organized discussions for a while, I’m not…

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Links: Feminism

Links: Feminism

Image courtesy of hyena reality / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of hyena reality / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Back this Week: Feminist Friday Discussions

The Feminist Friday discussions are returning! Check the previous one and the new schedule out!

Part Time Monster

I’m hoping to restart our Feminist Friday discussions this week. Rather than try and sell you on the idea or give you a strong call to action to convince you to show up, I’m going to review the history of this project, explain how it works and why I think it’s important, and give you a tentative schedule for the next round of discussions. You can find every discussion post we’ve written since March on this page. It’s been hosted on six blogs up to this point. If things go as planned, it will be hosted on several more before we take our next break.

The History

This started as a conversation between Gretchen of Drifting Through My Open Mind, Diana, and myself in December of last year. That conversation generated ideas that eventually resulted in two Freshly-Pressed posts and convinced the three of us to keep up a…

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Feminist Friday: Early Childhood and Culture

This week’s Feminist Friday discussion was held at Part Time Monster but everyone is still welcome to chime in as the discussion run for a few days.

Part Time Monster

A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled “Early Childhood Learning is About Parents.” That turned into a discussion about how to deal with the fact that children learn by imitating the people who take care of them. Today I want to look at the same issue from another angle. Children also learn from whatever larger culture they happen to be born into. They don’t just imitate the people who feed and clothe them. They also imitate people they encounter at school and people they see on television. In this post I’ll share a couple of anecdotes about things I’ve had to do to try and counteract attitudes with my six-year-old grandson that could turn into sexism if we didn’t talk about them honestly.

First, a conversation we had in a McDonald’s a few months ago. We were on the road and stopped there to take a…

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Mega-Awesome Super Inspiring Voltron Award

Thank you very much, Hayley Knighten, for nominating me for the Mega-Awesome Super Inspiring Voltron Award! I am always so grateful with the support from the WordPress community and from the talented and friendly bloggers I have met since I joined in summer 2013.

mega-awesomeThe Rules / Guidelines

  1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 Facts about Myself

  1. I love teddy bears and other stuffed animals.
  2. I hope to have my first fiction work, a Science Fiction novella for children (in French), published later this year.
  3. I fell in love with the X-Files because of the three parter: Gethsemane, Redux I and II.
  4. Russian is one of my favorite languages, but I can’t understand or speak it.
  5. I originally watched both The Fellowship of the Ring and Game of Thrones for the same reason: Sean Bean.
  6. It took me a long while before joining Tumblr but I’m glad I did. I love it.
  7. I have a passion for notebooks.

My Nominees

In case any of my nominees doesn’t wish to accept the award, please simply consider this a token of my appreciation for your blog.