Earlier today, everyone on Twitter was sharing an article that recently came out in New York Magazine. The Rebirth of the Feminist Manifesto is a positive look at how the feminist discussion has moved to the ‘net and it profiles various feminist websites and blogs .
I should be happy. Rarely do feminists get a positive plug in the media (unless it’s from their own hand, i.e. Ms., Bitch, Bust, etc…). Some articles are negative, others infuse an eye-rolling tone, and others play up stereotypes and falsehoods. So, when a well written article that extolls the virtues of various feminist websites and blogs pops up, especially in a mainstream publication like New York Magazine, I should be happy, right?
And I am.
To a point.
Because the article just seems to pay lip service to the idea of feminist writing. Despite being complimentary, it only begins to skim the surface of the rich and diverse writings within the feminist blogosphere.
The sites mentioned within the article itself, and the list of ones at the end seem to be the big hitters that everyone already knows about. That’s not to say that these websites aren’t great. Many of them are ones that I read daily. Hell, Jezebel is my go to site when I’m hanging out at procrastination station avoiding actual work. I’ll sit there and click refresh over and over again to see if they have any new content.
The article also does a great job of providing a racially diverse list of websites…something that is usually overlooked when posting feminist resources or links. So kudos.
But… (and you just knew there was a but coming)…
What about the rest of us?
While I understand not being able to list every feminist blogger out there, what about at least talking about the other conversations that are occurring within the feminist blogosphere? For me, the biggest gaping hole I found in the article was parents. Yeah, yeah, yeah…I know – parents aren’t hip. But we’re here and we’re part of the feminist conversation.
I know I’m talking about myself here…but I think the conversation feminist parents are having is an important one. Not only are we raising future feminists, but we’re also actively working to ensure that the world they grow up in is an accepting, egalitarian one.
Blogs like blue milk, The Feminist Breeder, Raising My Boychick, Mamalicious, Viva LaFeminista and more add another rich level to the conversation, and are vital to creating a more inclusive dialogue.
I already sometimes feel that there’s enough division within the feminist sphere to begin with (breeders vs. child free, etc…) that neglecting to even mention the existence of feminist parenting bloggers feels like a slight (no matter how unintentional I’m sure it was).
While I’m thrilled that feminist writers and bloggers are getting some mainstream coverage, I just wish that other parts of this important sphere also got a nod.
What do you think? Am I being too critical? Should I just be thankful that the feminist blogosphere is at least getting some positive coverage, or is there justification in feeling slighted that large portions of the community were overlooked?