Ahem. I am a little nervous that when I share the list of new links I have added to my blogroll, you will think I am engaging in some form of tokenism. The majority of new blogs I am adding are blogs by women of color. The fact is, however, that through burqa-gate (in which women of color bloggers led the charge in criticizing western women's use of the burqa as a symbol to make a point about western women), I have become acquainted with and have started reading a number of blogs with which I was unacquainted before and which are written by women of color (with the exception of Pseudo-Adrienne whom I have read a lot before and seeing her on Brownfemipower's blogroll reminded me that I have been meaning to add her). In addition to those, I have discovered some African women's blogs that were new to me through the First Carnival of African Women. I have assumed, rightly I hope, that all of these new blogs can be characterized as pro-feminist, so they are in that category in the sidebar.
In the past, I have been colorblind but passive about my blogroll, primarily adding people who found me, rather than seeking out new blogs to read. The result has been a mostly lily-white blogroll! One thing I learned through burqa-gate though is that women of color, by virtue of their experiences as women of color (who may include both western and non-western women), often have a quite different view of feminism than mainstream white feminists. For example, there are ways in which white feminists often seek to relate the experiences of women of color back to the experiences of white women. Women of color, however, often disagree sharply with the ways in which white feminists seek to find commonalities of experience across the board. This is an issue to which I cannot do justice in this short post, but it is one example of how white feminists sometimes tend to make assumptions that are not shared by non-white feminists. Another issue is the fact that white feminist tend to focus only on gender issues in ways that may seem to bulldoze over other issues of racism, poverty, and cultural bigotry. While the new blogs I am adding are blogs I admire and which I found rather naturally and which are part of my regular reading, I also believe that diversity rather than colorblindness is also important in the context of feminist blogging.
I am very much looking forward to learning from these bloggers and, with any luck, understanding a little bit better the ways in which my own feminism vould stand to broadened. I have written previously regarding my approach to race issues on this blog, but I think I could stand to be a little bit more intentional about exploring these issues and stepping outside my zone of comfort and insularity.
Anyhoo, without further ado, the links added to the sidebar, include: African Women's Blogs, Brownfemipower, Blackademic, Black Looks, Black Feminism, Emanga's POV, Feminish, Feminists at Brandeis, the Gimp Parade, and Pseudo-Adrienne. I'd add Black Amazon but I can't seem to find her at the moment.
I am feeling the desire to get to know the blogs of everyone who reads here, although it's a bit daunting as more than 200 blogs link here. Mickle's and Roula's blogs are next on my list to explore. I am not really sure how to manage my blogroll as it keeps getting larger, but we'll take it one step at a time.