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Mermade

Hello Happy Feminist! I'm pretty new to the academic blogging world, but I've always enjoyed reading your posts and thoughts ever since I saw your blog on Hugo's "regular reads" section a few weeks ago. I have only recently called myself a feminist - I was Hugo's women's history students last semester, and it changed my perspective on virtually everything. I'm now trying to become more involved in a more feminist way of thinking and living my life. And so, I thank you for providing a blog that will feed my knowledge and passion for the goals of feminism. I have a new blog too - www.mermade.typepad.com, but it's nothing fancy. I post typical 19-year-old girl things along with more serious posts. But yours is awesome! Keep up the great blogging!

Kate AuH2O

Though I mainly read blogs such as yours to get the latest feminist news, I strongly feel that blogging leads to activism as well. Raising awareness about an issue is the first step in stirring people to action, even if that action is just a debate in the comments!

Melissa

Funny, I don't feel rich. I'm still classified as working poor (who needs her Internets more than clothes).

I don't blog to necessarily feed into activism, but then again, I have posted Planned Parenthood rallies on my site and drew a few extra people out to be politically active. Normally, I blog because it's my therapy. It's my way of dealing with life in general, from kids to partner to work to feminism to food, it's just what's in my radar that day.

It IS all about the connections you make here. I feel sane, energized, informed, and oh yeah, SANE in regard to the things that make up my life because others have already dealt with these things. Others share and I am recharged because of it.

Great post!

Allison

Maybe some girl in an unfeminist or patriarchal corner of the U.S. or the world will stumble upon Ink and Incapability or The Sugared Harpy or Feministe and think, "I'm not the only person in the world who thinks like this!" or "I never thought about things in this light before!"

This is definitely the role that your blog and a few others have filled for me.

Re: blogging, what irritates me is this assumption that all of us have stars in our eyes and the idea of becoming (in)famous. As Melissa said, blogging is my therapy, and I get to it when I feel like it. While this doesn't lead me to have a large regular audience of readers, it allows me to keep the blog personal, which is more important to *my* needs.

will

This sounds related to the recent comment at a blog we both frequent complaining the a discussion of blow jobs hurts feminism.

I laughed when I read that.

Because feminist blogs must only discuss serious issues, right?

Because feminism is a very specific, particular issue, narrowly defined, and so therefore it must always stay on topic, right?


Because feminists are a specific, special breed of women (not men of course) so they will be judged by everything that they do.

Because they are not allowed to be human apparently and think about things both serious and trivial.

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