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Introducing the Carnival of Radical Feminists


For some time I’ve been thinking the blogosphere needs a Carnival of Radical Feminists,  so here it is! Let’s do it.  It’s  long overdue.  

The Carnival of Radical Feminists will be held each month on the full moon.  Hosting responsibility will be shared, and at least to begin with, pending additional radfem suggestions and process, our goal will be to foreground posts in the feminist blogosphere which highlight or showcase radical feminist analsis, theorizing, process, events, politics, and ideas, and which celebrate and honor sisterhood as it has been herstorically envisioned by radical feminists.

We hope the Carnival of Radical Feminists will build the profile of radical feminist bloggers, will direct extra traffic to participating bloggers, and particularly newer radical feminist bloggers, and will build radical feminist community worldwide.

All submissions consistent with herstoric radical feminism are welcome, whether they are written by men or women, and even if the blogger does not specifically identify as a radical feminist (yet!).

We define radical feminism as follows:

  • We believe that women are oppressed worldwide by patriarchy, the “rule of the fathers”;
  • We seek to abolish patriarchy;
  • We understand patriarchy to be a system of structures and institutions created by men in order to sustain and recreate male power and female subordination. The structures of patriarchy include, but are not limited to, the law, medicine, religion and the traditional family;
  • Women’s oppression is rooted in both the structures of our society and in capitalism and white supremacy.  Patriarchy includes not only male rule but also heterosexual imperialism and sexism (Charlotte Bunch);
  • In order to abolish patriarchy, we must challenge its root components and causes which we locate in oppression of females by males;
  • We believe that the uprooting of sexism simultaneously inaugurates the uprooting of racism, class hatred, homophobia, lesbophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, competition, hierarchy, ecological disaster, and economic exploitation of all kinds;
  • The revolutions, so-called, which the world has known to date, have been coups-d’etat between men which have pruned certain branches but have left the root embedded for the sake of preserving male privilege over all women (Robin Morgan);
  • We are a journey of women becoming.  We do not seek reconciliation with the fathers; rather, we affirm our original birth, our original source, movement, surge of living.  We Re-member our Selves (Mary Daly);
  • We are woman-identified and woman-centered.  We put women first, not only in our politics but in our personal lives;
  • The expression of our politics is concrete:  we oppose pornography, prostitution, the institution of marriage and the traditional family, sadomasochism, compulsory heterosexuality, gender coercion, and dominance hierarchies of all kinds; we endorse, support and work to envision and create peaceful, respectful, noncoercive, relationships, structures and institutions which affirm the importance of all human beings, all creatures, and the earth;
  • We affirm lesbianism and lesbian separatism as revolutionary paths for all women who choose them.
  • We understand gender as a structure and system of subordination, and as such, we seek its eradication.
  • We pursue and celebrate sisterhood.

Volunteers to host the Carnival of Radical Feminists are  welcome.   Please let me know which month you would like to host the Carnival!

Nominations for excellent posts (your own or others’) should be sent to me this month, next month to the host of the next carnival,  and in either case, you can send submissions by going here, but if there is any confusion, or if you have any other queries, you can reach me at

Hosting Schedule (Carnival of Radical Feminists is Held on the Full Moon)

Year Month Day Hosted by Submission Deadline
2007  May 2, Wed  Heart,Women’s Space Wed, April 25
2007  June 5, Tues  Ann Bartow, Feminist Law Professors  and Sivacracy Wed, May 29
2007  June 30, Sat  Jo, Stanselen Wed, June 20
2007  Jul 30, Mon  Egarooo Wed, July 18
2007  Aug 28, Tues  Akkari, Spontaneous Combustion Wed, Aug 15
2007  Sept 26, Wed  Laurelin Wed, Sept 12
2007  Oct 26, Fri  Burrow, Angry for a Reason Wed, Oct 10
2007  Nov 24, Sat

 Pippa (One Salford Feminist)

Wed, Nov 14
2007  Dec 24, Mon LaDoctorita, Unconventional Beauty Friday, Dec. 21
2008  Jan  8, Tues April, Femtique Tues., Jan. 8

Sign up, you women! 


The first Carnival of Feminists will be here, hosted by me, Heart, at Women’s Space, on Wednesday, May 2.  You can use the Blog Carnival submission form (preferred) for this first Carnival and all subsequent carnivals.  Please send your or others’ posts to me by Wednesday, April 25, 2007.

Feel free copy and paste the logo image above freely on your blogs and to spread the word about the Carnival of Feminists.

Listings of other carnivals can be found here.

Cheryl Lindsey Seelhoff (Heart)
(Primary blog: Women’s Space)



35 thoughts on “Introducing the Carnival of Radical Feminists

  1. Yay! This is such a great idea.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you profoundly for existing. Women like you who are strong and brave and compassionate and angry and brilliant and radical and proud and resilient keep me wanting to do everything that I can to make this world a better place. Women like you should not exist and the fact that you do is an incredible testament to your courage. I read your blog weekly even though I don’t often comment. If you can keep blatantly existing in the face of such massive opposition and women-hatred then I can too. 🙂

    Posted by allecto | April 22, 2007, 8:59 am
  2. count me in! You can let me host whichever month you choose, but I’d like November best!

    Posted by Pippa | April 22, 2007, 10:51 am
  3. hi.
    i live in india, and am trying to delve into more and more feminist writing – the more i read, the more questions i have and want to discover answers to. i’ve been part of your background since recently, and i really enjoy reading your posts. the carnival sounds great! i am sure this is going to be another educational experience for readers like me…

    good luck 🙂

    Posted by m. | April 22, 2007, 11:46 am
  4. I’ve never liked the “carnival” nomenclature. It’s always seemed trivializing to me. It’s also seemed like a replacement gesture: Cocky blogs killed the femmey “zine,” but that’s ok, we can still gather the superkool popular folks together and pretend we’re still able to collaborate.

    Posted by Rich | April 22, 2007, 1:40 pm
  5. Allecto, you have a blog?! You are on the blogroll yesterday! And thanks! Can’t wait to read your posts. 🙂 (If anyone missed it, you should do yourself a favor and read one of the most powerful poems I have ever read, written by Allecto, which I had the pleasure of posting here on my blog, Raped Down to Almost White).

    Pippa, I’m signing you up. 🙂

    m, welcome!

    Rich, yeah, I know what you mean. But there’s a lot of really good radical feminist writing flying under the radar, and let’s face it, it’s not going to be showing up on the Carnival of Feminists any time soon, so despite any reservations I might have, and I do have a few, I figured the benefits of getting radfem writings out there are greater than the sum of my reservations.


    Posted by womensspace | April 22, 2007, 3:25 pm
  6. Another of your lurkers de-lurking to say this sounds great and much needed – look forward to discovering all those great blogs that are out there that I don’t know about yet.

    Posted by eilidh70 | April 22, 2007, 4:09 pm
  7. A quick search of the word “carnival” and it seems it has mostly Christian origins. Mostly all to do with a party for an upcoming Christian event.

    Celebration of Radical Feminists. I like this one.

    Voices of Radical Feminists. (Even though “voices” may seem cliché, but the truth is, our voice is often drown out, especially from the “see see look what they did or didn’t do” types who call themselves feminists.)

    Festival of Radical Feminists (may diminish a “bigger” gathering, shrug)

    Count me in. Even though I’m not sure what I would write. I tend to need to throw in a story to make a point.

    Posted by chasingmoksha | April 22, 2007, 7:42 pm
  8. OT: love the new look of the blog!

    Posted by profacero | April 23, 2007, 1:45 am
  9. count me in too, think that having a radical focus is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL and I would be more than happy to host as well, any month is cool! this is a great idea heart, thanks for all your wonderful work and I love ya new look, I’m also in process of updating mine. Hopefully get more fems thinking radical A 😉

    Posted by jo | April 23, 2007, 2:29 am
  10. Huh, cm, maybe “Voices of Radical Feminists” would be better, I will think about that.

    Hey, Jo, I’m putting you in charge in June. That gives you two Carnivals/Celebrations/Voices to prepare. 🙂

    Thanks for the props, Jo and Profacero! A couple wimmin say they like the new look but liked the old navigation better in some ways. Pah. I am going to have to dink around, see what good compromises I can come up with. 🙂


    Posted by womensspace | April 23, 2007, 2:47 am
  11. Oh, and thanks to you, too, Elidh70! Glad you came out of lurk mode. 🙂


    Posted by womensspace | April 23, 2007, 2:51 am
  12. May I suggest “Charge” or “Chorus” as alternatives to Carnival? Or “Radfem Fiesta/Festival”… Just thinking out loud! I’m so excited!

    Posted by Pippa | April 23, 2007, 8:31 am
  13. I’m willing to host July.

    Posted by chasingmoksha | April 23, 2007, 6:01 pm
  14. w00t! 🙂

    Posted by womensspace | April 23, 2007, 6:07 pm
  15. Oh gawd, I have actually made myself responsible for something. [wink]

    Posted by chasingmoksha | April 23, 2007, 6:38 pm
  16. Great idea.
    I’m with the “not calling it a carnival” camp, too.
    Love Pippa’s “Charge of the Radical Feminists” idea!
    M x

    Posted by Maia | April 23, 2007, 7:27 pm
  17. What a brilliant idea!
    Me me me me!!! Can I host it in Sept?

    Posted by Laurelin | April 23, 2007, 8:50 pm
  18. You’re in! 🙂


    Posted by womensspace | April 23, 2007, 9:29 pm
  19. Bumping this to the top for a bit. 🙂

    Posted by womensspace | April 24, 2007, 4:26 pm
  20. Awesome!

    Posted by Burrow | April 24, 2007, 5:48 pm
  21. Totally off-topic, but you should know I’m here stalking your blog until you post something about this,, which I know you’ve had something to say about in the past. Tsk, I say. Tsk, tsk.

    Posted by Amazon | April 24, 2007, 7:50 pm
  22. Well as long as we are off topic, my Blogger account doesn’t work any more for some reason, so just wanted to tell Chasingmoksha thanks for the link, sorry I couldn’t tell you that at your blog.

    Also, Heart, the remaining dates are a problem for me as is, but I’d happily host the carnival at Feminist Law Profs and/or Sivacracy if we could move the early June dates either backward or forwards about 72 hours, or the December publication date up a couple of days.

    Posted by Ann Bartow | April 25, 2007, 1:00 am
  23. You are welcome Ann. I still cannot comment at your blog. It says I have an account, but when I try to use the account, it says it is not an account.

    Posted by chasingmoksha | April 25, 2007, 1:24 am
  24. Chaskingmoksha – arrgh. I will delete your account again, and if you want you can try once more. I’m so very sorry.

    Posted by Ann Bartow | April 25, 2007, 1:34 am
  25. I was just able to leave a comment, but I cannot see the comment.

    Posted by chasingmoksha | April 25, 2007, 1:36 am
  26. Nevermind. All is good.

    Sorry for the derail Heart.

    Posted by chasingmoksha | April 25, 2007, 1:37 am
  27. Hey, Ann, I changed the first full moon in June 😛 to June 5 just for you. 🙂


    Posted by womensspace | April 25, 2007, 2:49 am
  28. Bump. Only two slots left to fill for 2007. 🙂


    Posted by womensspace | April 25, 2007, 3:05 am
  29. I could do October

    Posted by Burrow | April 26, 2007, 12:57 am
  30. Hey, Burrow, you’re on! And in! 🙂

    w00t. All that’s left for 2007 is December. Come on you wimmin. You know you are dying to put up the Carnival of Radfems on Christmas Eve. 😛


    Posted by womensspace | April 26, 2007, 2:04 am
  31. This is a fantastic idea, and your definition of radical feminism is absolutely amazing and affirming! Can’t wait for May 2nd.

    Posted by Michelle | April 29, 2007, 11:52 am
  32. If someone had asked me if I were a radical feminist, I would have said no. I still have those stereotypes burned into my brain, you know.

    But I was shocked that I said yes to just about everything on that list. Whadda ya know?!

    However, I’m too chicken to jump in yet… and too green in my opinion (not the earth-friendly kind). 😉

    Can’t wait to read what you’ve put together for us!

    Posted by Christi Nielsen | May 3, 2007, 10:23 pm
  33. Well, I’m late to the party as usual, but think this is a great idea!!!

    I’m gonna have to go and catch up on all the ones I’ve missed now.

    And thanks for that ‘checklist’ – I’ve been wondering for a while now if I’m a radical feminist, and it turns out I am!


    Posted by Debs | September 1, 2007, 3:17 pm


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