Feminist Blogs: Activism, Journalism, or Masochism

I’ve been looking forward to this panel all weekend, maybe because Samhita is on it, as well as Deanna and the lovely Jennifer Pozner, director of Women in Media and News (WIMN).
Jenn discusses the efficacy of blogging in breaking stories, Deanna makes sure to tell us that women need to start editing sites such as Wikipedia in order to create more of a presence on the web, and Samhita questions the stakes that feminist bloggers take when they begin their journey into the blogosphere.
They also discuss the “new boys’ club” that has seemed to have transferred from mainstream journalism to political blogs, the ways that power and inequality replicate themselves in this way, and how can we, as feminist bloggers, approach this problem. (One way — for women in tech, at least — is BRA Camp. Sweet.)
Also, what is a women’s blog as opposed to a feminist blog? What are the problems that feminist bloggers have as opposed to bloggers that are women, like the severity of sexist trolling for feminist blogs as opposed to blogs written by women, etc. At the same time, if you’re a woman blogging about a typically male field, like in Kathy Sierra’s recent case, shit often goes down just as badly, to the point where you’re life is actually threatened.
Intense stuff, but certainly a productive conversation. Intense weekend, but certainly a great one. Time for an excruciatingly long, hungover ride home.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted April 1, 2007 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Anyone know if this discussion included conversation about how these issues relate to bloggers of color as well?

  2. Posted April 2, 2007 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    This was really a terrific panel! I enjoyed meeting everyone and had a great experience in Boston.
    In addition to WAM!, the CLPP “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice” conference took place last weekend at Hampshire. Eesha Pandit interviewed a few of the dynamic leaders in the international reproductive justice movement. Watch the video from the first post in her “Dispatches from the Revolution” series at RH Reality Check:
    http://www.rhrealitycheck/blog/2007/04/02/dispatches-from-the-revolution
    Cheers,
    Tyler

  3. Posted April 4, 2007 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Feminist Review,
    We touched only briefly on the issues of bloggers of color, though we did mention that many of the same issues targeting women who blog from a feminist perspective are similarly experienced by bloggers of color who write about race, politics and racism. We had planned to address issues of race and blogging in much more depth, but the night before the panel we learned that the blogger who was going to be speaking specifically to that topic wasn’t able to attend WAM after all. So, we did the best we could. In the meantime, check out the recent issue of ColorLines magazine, which has an article on “The Segregated Blogosphere” (title is from memory – I think that’s it).

  4. Posted April 10, 2007 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Quick Hits — April 10, 2007

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