Blog Carnival Update 6

So I have to admit that originally, I thought I’d try to stretch things out to 3 or 4 carnival posts….and now I’m on 6 and still haven’t had the chance to write about all the blogs! That’s simply amazing! I’m glad I was wrong :-)

Bourgie, Interrupted shows you exactly where to find a young feminist–that is, not in the limited spaces defined by the previous generation, but in her own personal world, making changes: “I’m a 28 year old feminist. No, I didn’t major in gender studies in college. I wasn’t a member of any feminist groups on campus. I didn’t join the Women’s Law Caucus in law school. I’ve never written a thesis on feminist theory. I haven’t even read many of the authors considered to be the pillars of feminist thought. Still, I feel it’s appropriate to declare myself a feminist because of my values, actions and beliefs.”

She also explicates some of the seeming contradictions that yuongfems aren’t afraid of: “I like pink things. I wear high heels and watch porn (not at the same time but there’s something to think about). I listen to rap music with misogynistic lyrics. I like when ladies get in free. On the flip side, I fight for reproductive justice every day. I advocate to end violence against women. I believe that the economic empowerment of women and girls worldwide is key to the success and wealth of every nation. I believe women shouldn’t be treated as second class simply because we’re women. I ignore pre-determined and defined gender roles. Most importantly, I am constantly trying to learn and evolve into a better person while challenging others to do the same. That means calling people out on their sexist, anti-homosexual, racist, classist, bullshit.” All I can say is, hell yes! One of my mentors wrote an article about this exact thing– that youngfems embrace contradictory positions as an expression of AGENCY. (Renegar &  Sowards, 2009). Maybe youngfems love of shoes makes some older generations think we don’t take our liberation seriously, and maybe that’s why they “can’t find” any of us.

Foxy Roxy at Foxy By Nature tries to understand why youngfems aren’t acknowledged by the older generations in the  feminist movement: “But feminism has evolved and I wonder if they all evolved with it and, if not, if that’s why they don’t see young feminists standing right beside them.”

Penny Girl Pearl shows us how she came to feminism through music, and how she redefines the term young feminist: “I am not young to the belief in feminism and how it has impacted my life but I am young in a sense that I have found my voice much later in life.” Also, Stevie Nicks is like, oh, so, totally feminist! Love her.

Plenty of Otherwise shares an all-too-familiar story: “A few months ago, I added my aunt as a friend on Facebook. She took issue with some of my more politically-charged posts, and showed them to my grandmother, who called my mom and urged her to intervene, lest I “turn into one of those smelly feminists.”" Part of calling yourself a feminist is dealing with the fact that many of our families are not supportive of us. Of course, many also are, I mean–so I’ve heard. My conservative parents are not thrilled with my feminism, and I refuse to add them on facebook or show them my blog because frankly, it’s not worth the arguments. I know that when I have a wedding, my parents are going to pitch a fit about the traditions that I personally don’t want to be a part of (e.g. dad walking me down the aisle, changing my name).

But what Amelia points out about the situation is something I’ve never thought about: “But my grandmother never called me. So we haven’t talked about it. And that brings me to this: It’s incredibly important for women of different generations to communicate with each other. And we’re not doing enough of that. And so now there are older women who believe that young feminists don’t exist.”

That is a great illustration of the feminist mantra that the personal is political. Reaching out to other generations can begin within our own families.

Well today has been FABULOUS folks, and I am taking some self-care time and signing off for the night. THANK YOU to all the bloggers and tweeters who posted and responded–I am so glad we raised our voices as youngfems! This weekend I will update the participating blog lists to add in those who posted. I hope this blog carnival has kicked off the conversation about young feminists around the blogosphere! No more will people be able to say we don’t exist!

:-)

Shelly

Posted on: August 27th, 2010 by Fair and Feminist 5 Comments

5 Responses

  1. I should have qualified that I was linking to an earlier entry where I was writing specifically about Quaker Young Adult issues. I’ve been sick, so that’s my fault.

    The dynamic is the same, and on that note, here is the post.

  2. Congratulations on the success of this blog carnival. I had so much fun: Literally spent the entire day reading others’ posts, sharing my own thoughts, and interacting with other young (and not-so-young) feminist bloggers via Twitter.

    Thanks so much for doing this. I hope you do something like this again soon!

  3. ajira says:

    I had a whole piece sketched out for this and then totally missed the deadline. Now trying to decide if I want to save it for the next carnival or just write it anyway.

    Thoughts?

  4. Matarij says:

    As a ‘not young’ feminist it is heartening to see young feminists emerging and stating their case. However, I take issue with Bourgie, Interrupted who says that she likes to watch porn but advocates ending violence against women – porn IS violence against women and is the thin end of the wedge of all the harms that women suffer through being sexually exploited.

    And this leads me to my next point which is very well made by Plenty of Otherwise, that young and old feminists need to talk to each other: not all old feminists are middle class and degree educated – a significant number of us became feminists because we suffered real (usually sexual) harm as children and realised that it was man’s world through a totally different route. But I guess, as with young feminists, older women like me didn’t have a voice, or the necessary education to articulate our feelings when we were younger. So let’s talk…

  5. KiaJD says:

    Thanks. I wanted to participate but was running short on time so I didn’t get to spend as much time on the piece as I would have liked. I think about issue a lot but never thought to try and put it to words.

    @Matarij: I respect where you’re coming from and a lot of people share your view. My point was that although we can differ on that point and possibly others, that doesn’t mean that I am not indeed a feminist. Yes, there are unifying principles and beliefs that must be shared by those who claim membership to a particular group but I don’t think pornography is one of them. There are feminist activists and scholars whose opinions run the spectrum on the pornography debate. The post I wrote wasn’t about porn though, so I didn’t go in depth. Let it suffice to say that not all porn is created equal and while there are parts of the industry that I do not support, I won’t say porn as a whole is incompatible with feminist values.

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