Dear reader, let me introduce you to my new favorite electronic literary magazine, “Drunken Boat.” How is it, you ask, out of all the electronic magazines out there, that this one risen to the top of my list? Well, it’s because of the voices.
I recently read Bell Hooks book, Feminist Theory: From Margin To Center, which speaks out about how early feminists, in particular those of the second wave, though well intended, often excluded women of color, as well as the impoverished and uneducated, via their platforms involving feminine theory. A feminine theory, Hooks states, that was not sufficiently developed to include the marginalized populations of American women. Betty Friedan’s book, The Feminine Mystique, was one of the earliest books Hooks said biased what women learned about feminism during the 1960’s and 70’s. Hooks pointed at how Friedan’s book left out the real concerns of black women and others economically disadvantaged when she states, “masses of women were concerned about economic survival, ethnic and racial discrimination” (2) because their needs and concerns were not the same as Friedan’s readers. Friedan’s readers were worried about what to do with their spare time, which “deflected attention away from her classism, her racism, her sexist attitudes toward the masses of American women” (2) concerned with how to feed their children, get a job and keep roofs over their heads. It was like saying that only college-educated white housewives and upper class women were American women. So what were the women living on the margins of society? So were certain women excluded because they were less American or lacked privilege?
Where do you want the Government?
For my first post as Poetry Editor of this fine blog, I am pleased to share a fantastic poem by Elizabeth Austen. Out of all the poems I encountered during EWU’s Get Lit! Festival this year, Austen’s “Untitled” was my favorite. Fortunately for us, she has been gracious enough to give me permission to post it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
NARAL’s Volunteer & Youth Programs Coordinator began the 2012 I Heart Choice Student Leadership Summit by thanking the young men and women in the audience for taking time out of their schedules to focus on reproductive rights in Washington State, next Starwich introduced the summit schedule which looked like the following:
Dr. Kissling’s 2012 Senior Capstone class began discussing our need/want for honors cords for Woman and Gender Studies Graduates. In lieu of this hot topic, student by day and talented seamstress by occasion, senior Danielle Glover-Cloutier offered to make Women and Gender Studies cords for a $4.00 fee. The cords will be green, white, and viole as a tribute to the early women suffragists of first wave feminism.
Well ladies, Menstrual Monday is upon us so let us rejoice and celebrate our monthly (more or less) gift! Today is the Monday before Mother’s Day and we are celebrating it because menstruation comes before motherhood. Thank your mother for having a period! So go forth and tell someone about menstruation. Spread the blood! Maybe send a tampose bouquet to someone special? Wear red because you are on your period? I think yes!
Lawrence O’Donnell Jr, “What did liberals do that was so offensive to the Republican party? I’ll tell you what they did. Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. What didconservatives do? They opposed them on every one of those things every one. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, Senator. Because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.”