Philobiblon: Friday Femmes Fatales No 45

Friday, February 24, 2006

Friday Femmes Fatales No 45

Working on the final century of a collection of 500 female bloggers. Where are they? HERE!


Who could resist a blog called "Granny Gets a Vibrator"? Not me, and there's some great reading there, including an account of how Liz is starting a weightlifting revolution.

After that, it seems appropriate to point to - I think - the youngest-ever blogger on FFF: On My Life As A Vegan, 13-year-old Allie from Vermont sets out her anger at the use of pets as fashion accessories.

Turning political Agnostic Mom explains very clearly how Intelligent Design is philosophy, not science, but it is a philosophy that aims to destroy science. Meanwhile in Australia, Miss Eagle on Volunteer sets out how demands on parents for involvement in schools are growing.

On the professional side, Satellite Heart sets out why she doesn't like 18th-century British literature, but has to mark 33 under-graduate essays on the subject. Sounds like something close to hell ... She might not want to read Mary V. on OneWomanWreckingCrew, who is away from her blog at the moment, since she's set out to live her dream - life in a private wilderness.

But Chick with a Gun is enjoying a thousand-year-old Iranian story about the dangers of deceit. Gillian Pollack is meanwhile contemplating historic chapbooks, and helping children to write about wizards.

Then an interesting idea: Barbara Bellissimo, on Creating an Ideal Life Wearing a Tiara, was fed up that "experts" presented to us always seemed to be male. So she's creating podcasts of female experts. It's a commercial proposition - there's a small payment for the full podcast, but you can listen to a preview.

Then for something completely different: knitting is not my thing, but if you could knit a whale ... that's what the author of Raptures of the Deep, appropriately enough, has done.


You can find the last edition of Femmes Fatales here.

Nominations (including self-nominations) for Femmes Fatales are also hugely welcome - I'll probably get to you eventually anyway, but why not hurry along the process?


Blogger clanger said...

A call to arms to encourage readers of this blog to wear brightly coloured socks regardless of the consequences.

The prospect of exteme knitting made me click with great expectations, but sadly the woolly whale was not full size.

Maybe there are no extreme knitters doing daring things will wool.

It was all too good to be true.

In my youth, under the jackboot of Thatcherism, a pair of brightly coloured socks worn in opposition to the school uniform code made you a rebel, likely to be suspended.

Fashionable, open, lacey patterns for jumpers and cardigans were deeply frowned upon, and any girl exhibiting broderie anglais frills was deemed likely to come to a bad end, and punished for her own good.

The 1980s. A time of oppression.

2/24/2006 02:10:00 pm  
Blogger clanger said...

Apologies for the double post but I completely missed the chapbook note on my less-than-Leavis-like reading of it.

Interested parties can find the complete texts of early chapbooks, as scans of pages, amongst the Hockliffe collection of early children's books.

[Clanger's interest in wool, especially pink wool, requires no explanation. His interest in early chapbooks? He did his PhD on them.]

2/24/2006 04:07:00 pm  
Blogger Natalie Bennett said...

Bright socks sound good to me. (Although I go for black, since I seem to be incapable of keeping pairs of them, and them all being the same colour makes it a bit less obvious.)

And thanks for the link; I'm interested to learn of your chapbooks - any particular sort. I may have the odd question ... (not a threat, really!)

2/25/2006 12:23:00 am  
Blogger clanger said...

All early chapbooks-initially the Pepys collection, but on to 1800 and beyond. Mainly working with early childrens' books and early/popular religious works now, but chapbooks still ring my bell.

Fire away.

2/25/2006 11:46:00 am  
Blogger Sexy Vegan Chick said...

I can hardly believe I got on this list! (I'm Allie from Vermont btw)

2/26/2006 02:38:00 am  

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