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JOIN US! Come Together Live Discussion of the Women’s History Month Blog Carnival is TODAY!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Join Tami of What Tami Said and me as we conclude our Women’s History Month blog carnival with an hour-long live discussion on Blog Talk Radio, 6 p.m. EDT, Saturday, March 29. We will review our favorite submissions to the blog carnival; discuss issues raised by the carnival, including race and feminism and their roles in the 2008 presidential election; discuss the state of feminism today; and talk about the most effective ways for women to work together towards equality.

We will be joined by panelists including:

Karla Mantilla (NEW) has been a collective member of off our backs newsjournal for 15 years. She holds a masters degree in sociology from George Mason University. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on feminism, including “Why Patriarchy is Bad for Kids” in The Battle and the Backlash Rage On and “Child Violence: It’s a Male Thing” in Issues in Feminism: An Introduction to Women’s Studies, and coauthor of “Why We Need International Feminism” in Feminism: Opposing Viewpoints. She has taught sociology classes at George Mason University, University of Maryland, Gettysburg College, and McDaniel College. She has worked in the battered women’s movement as a shelter worker, peer support counselor, hotline counselor, and fundraiser.

Adele Nieves, a writer, journalist, and speaker, focusing on politics, women’s issues and race. She is Essence of Motown’s “2007 Writer/Author of the Year,” for her continued hard work, literary creativity, and her efforts to improve Michigan’s literary community. Adele is co-organizer of Detroit Feminists, and a member and contributing writer for Critical Moment Magazine. She also writes a monthly column for Women of Color (Yo Soy Mujer!) for ThinkGirl Monthly, a non-profit organization based in metro-Detroit dedicated to informing and empowering women through information and community programs.
Adele is a strong supporter of minority rights and health initiatives. She is now compiling an anthology, tentatively titled What We Think: Gender Roles, Women’s Issues and Feminism in the 21st Century, co-partnering in a production company, Liquid Words Productions, LLC, and will be attending Sarah Lawrence College for her MA in Women’s History in the Fall of 2008.

Shecodes, an entrepreneur and activist dedicated to the uplift of black women. Shecodes runs the blog Black Women Vote, described in its inaugural post as “a war cry to all Black women who are fed up, pissed off, and mad as heck about the present conditions of Black womanhood in America, and are ready to do something about it. Make no mistake… we’re about to change some stuff up in this piece! We have the social, economic, political tools to compel America to become more hospitable for ourselves, and for our daughters.”

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Discussion

2 thoughts on “JOIN US! Come Together Live Discussion of the Women’s History Month Blog Carnival is TODAY!

  1. Illuminating discussion to wrap up this carnival. The live show cut off when Heart was talking about her many irons in the fire, right when she mentioned writing for Off Our Backs. The recorded show is already available; it goes on for another five minutes.

    There are many reasons why women find it difficult to come together. It is difficult even to define what that means. This culture is bent and dependent on keeping women divided, for obvious reasons. One point I think is so important, it is not necessary for women to agree on everything in order to work together on common issues. In my view, it is all a matter of priorities. Women can work together on common issues and principles, agreeing to disagree on the messy details. It is obviously much more complicated than that, but considering the stakes, differences need not get in the way. Diversity can be an obstacle, but it can also be a great asset, if the goal is to combine ideas from many different perspectives into a greater whole. I think this discussion was a good example of how that dynamic can work.

    Anyway, those are some of my initial reactions. Heart, Tami, and all the panelists and contributors to this carnival, you did us all proud.

    Posted by Aletha | March 29, 2008, 11:57 pm
  2. Finally had a chance to listen to the radio program. Kind of common sense. One thing I realized, is that my time is more limited than in the past, so I really am working on a few issues of great concern to me.

    Most feminist issues out there I’m distant from or don’t care about.

    I think maybe a point of conflict a lot of times between feminists, is that where once we believed we’d get our time if we worked in “coalitions” what we found out later, is that once the dust had settled, other women never did pay back for the work we did on their issues. So black women busted their butts, and white women cheated them out. Lesbians busted butts and straight women chickened and went back to hubbie and kids. You all know the drill.

    I know a lot of lesbians for example who are never going to deal with reproductive rights again, for this very reason.

    So the key I think is to be honest about what you expect done, and to be very honest about what bores you to death and what you don’t give a damn about.

    We are made to care, and I deeply resent this, because largely I don’t care about a lot of things women are involved in. Their lives just don’t interest me, and if we are clear about where our real passions and interests are, and create spaces for these interests to flourish, then we’ll be energized and powerful and fully engaged.

    I know I am very engaged in certain things, even in situations where I’m in a room full of tone deaf clueless straightwomen. But still the overall subjects really interest me, and I can see that I am engaged by a subject that also engages all the women who have showed up for the event. Then things are possible.

    Women have been forced by men for eons to care about things we secretly hate. It is a source of great anger. So we need to honor the need for women to be at their level of conversation, and one size (as Tami said on the radio show) does not fit all.

    So whether it is race, gender or lesbian nation, the issues and nuance and tones are different. Just because I really hate male punk rock garbage music, doesn’t mean that I hate all music. It just means I won’t sit in a room at a punk concert, for example.

    This may be what all the fuss is about in the presidential campaign. It’s about what we perceive to be of personal benefit to us. And if we are honest about this, we can accept this. And besides, we’re going to vote exactly for who we want and we don’t give a damn about the other candidates. That’s always the bottom line in an election anyway, for example.

    Personal interest, wanting our own worlds, and seeing new opportunities that a lot of us didn’t have when we were younger are a large part of what drives me now. Since I’m older, I’m simply not going to waste my time on issues that don’t advance my agenda. I’m not that invested in most of the issues of prime interest to feminists.

    I know that pro-porn feminists are not going to give up porn. I know that women will continue to do things that I think are stupid and vice versa, and there you have it. I know there is a lot of lip service, but kind of a fudging on what feminists will or won’t do. When political payback doesn’t come, then those left out get really mad.

    I’ve learned my lesson in feminism, I get the paycheck up front, or I don’t do any work. This is a metaphor women🙂

    Posted by Satsuma | March 30, 2008, 10:35 pm

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