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Wild Horses Don’t Win Rosettes


The image is entitled “The Morrigan” and is the work of  Christy Nicholas.  My incipient Amazon daughter, Maggie, 9, helped me make this banner.  Here is information about Morrigan.

This Wild Horses Don’t Win Rosettes Weblog Award Resister banner is the result of my post and comments thread here in which we mocked blog awards in general, and the 2007 Weblog Awards in particular, for many reasons, including that the awards seem always to be overwhelmingly won by white males, feminist blogs get short shrift, and these awards events too often seem to come out of nowhere, sponsored by bloggers, or just people,  none of us has ever heard of.  The “awards” seem to amount mostly to attempts to monetize the blogosphere and sell it by way of conventions or other events, with plenty of free advertising in the form of banners posted on “nominees'” blogs. 

That’s  not what the blogosphere is about!  The blogosphere is the last bastion of media independence, the one remaining venue to which people throughout the world may turn for immediate, independent, uncensored reporting and analysis of news, events, ideas and politics.   It ought not be mined by profiteers trying to make a buck, and as feminists and progressive bloggers, we ought not recognize awards decisions by persons whose politics and agendas are unknown to us.  

Anyway, in the comments thread, Helzeph quipped “Wild horses don’t win rosettes,” and voila!  A slogan for our badges of blog award resistance.

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Use freely.  🙂




7 thoughts on “Wild Horses Don’t Win Rosettes

  1. I love that! So true.

    Posted by April | November 11, 2007, 10:30 pm
  2. Warning: some portions of quoted material may trigger.

    The results are in for the 2007 Weblog Awards and the boys win — and they win big. Nowhere was that more evident than in the vote for the “Best Online Community.”, a news-portal for the posting of so-called “politically incorrect” headlines, received a whopping 50 percent of the vote, tallying up a count of just over 29,000.

    …Let’s then, take a look at what that community entails, in a posting from the year it won, on Sun, 13 May 2007 at 9:39 AM:

    [Tag: Ironic] Ho killed by hoe

    That headline linked to a story by CBS:

    “(CBS) NORTHRIDGE Police say a 50-year-old man living in his mother’s home killed a transvestite prostitute with a garden hoe after bringing him back to the house, police said Wednesday.”

    That link was clicked by visitors at Fark 24,581 times, and nearly one hundred comments were posted in response to it. A few examples from that discussion:

    CheddarPants 2007-05-13 09:36:53 AM
    But was it a nappy-headed ho?

    moulderx1 2007-05-13 09:47:27 AM
    Apparently you DO bring a hoe to a tranny fight.

    miltoncharles 2007-05-13 04:01:59 PM
    Because he’s a transvestite, and therefore possibly a father, does that make him a PAPPY headed ho?

    hypercoma 2007-05-13 11:11:12 AM
    You can’t beat a ho with a belt. They like that shiat…
    (+5 if you get it. +10 if you get it and laugh.)

    boonfarker 2007-05-13 11:36:58 AM
    Maybe “she” just wanted a ho-cake

    DateGrape 2007-05-13 02:31:10 PM
    Homonyms ≠ Irony

    According the promoters of the contest, this is the best community on the internet. While one could hem and haw about their methodology that would allow such a cesspit to rise to the top, the fact that it won — and is capable of putting up such numbers — is still meaningful.

    Radical feminists are usually the ones taking flack, mostly from other feminists, for being anti-prostitute (rather than anti-exploitation, against both sexism and capitalism) and transphobic.

    …I doubt anyone could picture a conversation like the above at Fark ever taking place amongst radical feminists. Yet one did on the Best Online Community. This will go unchallenged. It will go unremarked upon and will be forever forgotten. The people who created the contest and the parameters that enabled Fark to claim the title will also go unchallenged. The most popular of feminist bloggers, frontrunners who placed in the top 500 — or even 1000 or 2000 blogs — will not boycott the Awards next year because of its glorification of violence against sex workers and its transphobia. Many of those same feminist bloggers, however, will be boycotting the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, thinking them guilty of the same thing.

    Read the whole thing.


    Posted by womensspace | November 12, 2007, 1:42 am
  3. I can’t believe how quickly you have got all this together, just shows what many minds sparking of each other can achieve. Course, it really helps, if you have one of those incipient Amazons about, to add the final flourish.

    The above is depressing, if this is the kind of conversation that gets you accolades, they can keep them.

    Posted by helzeph | November 12, 2007, 3:36 am
  4. Hey Helzeph. 🙂

    What’s creepy is, nobody who won these awards, or was “nominated,” is going to say anything about the organization they have unwittingly thrown their support to, I bet you a million bucks.

    That’s how grass roots activism is ultimately destroyed every time. The mainstream sees something that is flourishing, that has some vitality, and entrepreneurs step in to make a buck. People who were happily writing or making art or being political activists or publishing for the joy of it, and for the satisfaction of it, get taken in by someone’s “award,” or offer of money or visibility. People begin to sell out in various ways, to trade their independence for cash. Ultimately the people who bought them own them, and vitality of the early days is history.


    Posted by womensspace | November 12, 2007, 5:55 am
  5. Wizbang, a right wing blog, sponsors this contest every year. I wasn’t at all surprised there wasn’t a feminist category.

    Bloggers are encouraged to vote for their favorite sites, not once, but every day, while the site allows voting. It’s an incredibly stupid way to run a contest, and it’s one that favors mega sites and scoop sites like Fark and Kos. Simply remind your already large readership to vote for you every day and your chances of winning are pretty good.

    The Koufax awards are a bit more fair in that they try to ensure people can only vote in each category once. It also has a feminist category, unlike the Wizbang’s contest.

    I go to the Koufax site early in the nomination process to check out the new names. Anyone can nominate any blog in the beginning of this process. It’s a way to find new, interesting blog reads, if one is so inclined.

    Of course, in the end, they both end up being popularity contests.

    Posted by Gayle | November 12, 2007, 3:31 pm
  6. Oh, let me amend the above a bit:

    It a not a stupid way to run a contest if your intention is to generate as many clicks to your site as possible; thereby generating more attention and potential advertising $$.

    Posted by Gayle | November 12, 2007, 3:47 pm
  7. I loved the Wild Horses poster, and the colors are spectacular.

    The comments on the blog contest site on the murder of the transvestite are an outrage, but very typical of male internet banter.

    So good reporting on all of this. The news does get out, and women get to read it.

    I think in time women will carve out more intellectual space on the Internet, so that we can continue to develop ideas and have ah ha moments.

    This is what men put out there, and pornography is a large part of what is funding the Internet and online services.

    A lot of women don’t even know this kind of conversation is going on out there. It’s this peculiar silence that a lot of straight women live in and live with.

    So good work! Not fun to read, just ugly stuff out there. Men do this because they can women. It is up to us to create the alternative worlds to create our ideas, and share wisdom and what we intend to do about all of this.

    Radical lesbian feminists are out there, but you’ll see straight women or even garden variety feminists not even getting this.

    If we’ve maintained a consistent critique of patriarchy, and all radical feminists expose this stuff to the light, we can know what is in the minds of men — the men who are silent and go along with pornography and the men who create it.

    Men simply collude in violence against women and people who are different. And men are big cowards in standing up against patriarchy within their own friendship circles.

    This cowardly nature in the face of incredible evil in the world is amazing to behold, but not surprising.

    I don’t know why it is considered so out there to condemn pornography as violence against the hearts, minds and bodies of women, and why it is considered out there to find prostitution and the people who live off of women’s bodies in that preditory way “a victimless crime.”

    Remember, liberal men only want access to women’s bodies, and they want to co-opt our energy for their issues. Morally they are pretty worthless.

    Posted by Satsuma | November 12, 2007, 9:57 pm

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