Philobiblon: Friday femme fatales

Friday, March 18, 2005

Friday femme fatales

In answer to that endlessly circulating question "where are all the female bloggers?", I've decided to make a small weekly collection that answers: HERE!

Why "femme fatales"? Because these are killer posts.

This week's is drawn from my own blogroll, but in the next week if you read, or write, a post by a woman blogger (and no I'm not doing chromosome tests so I can only do by self-identification) and think "that deserves a wider audience", send me an email (natalieben at gmail dot com) or drop a comment here.

I'm trying to get a wide sample of subjects and approaches, as I hope this selection indicates. This is not only about blogging on "women's topics". I'm going to limit it to ten, to make it manageable.

So this week's ten (in no particular order - this isn't a competition):

* Shakespeare's Sister directly, and passionately, addresses the refusal of male bloggers to link to women.

* Green fairy has an unpleasant encounter with the "old" media, in the form of her appearance in Marie Claire, in between "Murder in Suburbia" and "Sandra Bullock".

* Veiled4allah briskly dismisses the claim that jihad means simply "holy war".

* Echidne of the snakes sees how the US Budget debate has exposed the fact that "some Republicans really are Democrats and some Democrats are Republicans".

* In response to the claim that women don't like to get into arguments, Bitch PhD leaps up to say: I DO!

* On Break of Day in the Trenches Esther describes her role in the naming of a bus after a local war hero.

* On Early Modern Notes Sharon explores what Women's History Month does and should mean.

* Real E Fun is a non-religious funeral celebrant who is an absolutely inspiring, unmissable read. (Really!) In this post she's attempting a little neighbourhood match-making.

* Patia Stephens, in a heart-wrenching post, describes what it has been like to "struggle with beauty for what feels like my whole life".

* Melinama recalls a disastrous St Patrick's Day, in which her idea of Irish music was found to be not in concord with those of Florida partygoers, then how a visit to a funeral parlour led her to change her mind about "Danny Boy".

P.S. My hit level is only modest (60 to 80 a weekday, since you asked), but I am also going to post this on Blogcritics, where it will hopefully garner a much wider audience.

6 Comments:

Blogger Badaunt said...

THANK YOU for these links. I've been reading for the last hour or so.

(And I think it's about time I updated my links...)

3/18/2005 04:19:00 pm  
Blogger vikk simmons said...

As a female blogger, I love your Friday feature idea. I'll be sure and stop by and check out the links.

3/18/2005 05:47:00 pm  
Blogger melinama said...

Hey, thanks for taking the time to write these up, and thanks for including me! I've appreciated being noticed!

I'm trying to think over this recent stink about women bloggers and feel like there's a lot of catching up to do in terms of understanding the anger and the problems. Your links were a good start.

3/19/2005 11:53:00 am  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

Thanks for the compliments - all gratefully received!

As for the anger, of course it is part of wider feelings. All sorts of other female anger against males comes in - with which I can sympathise, being rather fed up with that half of the human race at the moment myself.

But the fact is that 60 per cent of bloggers are female - this is a field in which women dominate - yet you'd be hard-pressed to see it unless you've been reading the statistics.

3/20/2005 01:07:00 am  
Anonymous Cleis said...

I found you via Pen-Elayne, and I'll certainly be stopping by to check out the femme fatales. If you're interested in adding more philosophers to your blogroll, I suggest me; I blog regularly on philosophy, feminism, feminist philosophy, politics, books, and life.

Best wishes.

3/21/2005 01:42:00 am  
Blogger Morgaine said...

Hi-

I wrote quite a bit about this on The-Goddess. (scroll down past the Social Security post)

I have a site for women political bloggers called What She Said! so if you know anyone who belongs on it, send me a link and be sure to specify which list to put it on (progressive or conservative).

3/21/2005 01:20:00 pm  

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