Calling All Feminist Bloggers
There are blog carnivals for historians (as you've seen here), for cat-lovers, for storytellers, for self-publicists ... the list goes on and on. (There's a partial list here.)
So I've decided it is time for the Carnival of Feminists to be launched.
The current plan is for it to be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month (or close to that date). Hosted by a different blogger for each edition, it aims to showcase the finest feminist posts from around the blogsphere.
The first edition will be hosted on here on October 19. Future hosts and other information will be found on the Carnival of Feminists homepage.
The Carnival hopes to build the profile of feminist blogging, to direct extra traffic to all participating bloggers, but particularly newer bloggers, and to build networks among feminist bloggers.
How to define feminist? Well that is up to each host. I don't intend to get into detailed debate about the issue: at the end of the day the choice of hosts will be mine, and then the direction of each edition will be decided by them.
Broadly, however, I'd say that a "feminist" post doesn't have to directly address what is commonly defined as "politics" - as we all know the personal is political, but there should be some sense in a post addressing women's place in the world. Posts should also be more than a collection of links, and include substantial original content.
Volunteers to host are exceedingly welcome - please do, otherwise I'll probably come calling! I will try to chose them from as wide a definition of "feminism" as possible.
Nominations for excellent posts (your own or by others) should usually be sent to the host of the next carnival, but if they've yet to be named, or if you have any other queries, you can reach me at natalieben (at) gmail (dot) com.
And for the inaugural edition - for which I'll stretch the date of posts back for up to a month, PLEASE SEND NOW! (You can drop a line in the comments or email me on natalieben (at) gmail (dot) com. Only one nomination per blog please - the best feminist post of the month. And please put "history carnival" in the subject line.)