Topics in Feminism & Gender

10 years ago

The category of Feminism & Gender is a like a large fort, housing many issues, thoughts, and discussions about how to create a better world for everyone. What are some of the topics of interest currently on the minds of those hanging out in the BlogHer fort? Nearly every conceivable issue is blogged, whether macro- or micro-level. The personal is clearly the political, and many of the BlogHer Feminism & Gender blogroll participants write extensively about their personal lives. We often disagree with one another as we examine the world around us. Regardless, we are never boring. As the fall draws to a close, here’s what BlogHers are thinking about:

In some mailing lists I join, people are still discussing ‘hotly’ about ‘aurat’. (aurat means parts of bodies that are supposed to be covered.) What is ‘aurat’?

When I was in elementary school (I attended an Islamic elementary school), I was taught that ‘aurat’ for women is most parts of their bodies, except face and palms, while for men, ‘aurat’ is ONLY from their navel to exactly above knees. It means parts of women’s bodies that are allowed to be seen are only their face and palms. Meanwhile, people can freely see men’s full head, neck, shoulders, chest, upper belly, arms, hands, and legs from knees below…

After reading more books and articles about human beings’ history from the very old time—at the very beginning of human beings’ life in the earth—in my effort to get rid myself of indoctrination I got from my elementary school teachers, I found out that there was time where men and women were equal, there was no separating domain—domestic and public spheres—an era where perhaps people did not know the existence of celestial religions. In that era, seemingly both men and women wore the same kind of clothes, not covering much, no imprisonment toward women, no protection given to men—from temptation to expose their sexual desires. Therefore, I do agree if people say that ‘aurat’ is very cultural. Regulation to cover ‘aurat’ is only to imprison women, and to spoil men, so that they will be able to avoid doing ‘immoral’ things.

-Nan29, A Feminist Blog

I just took a couple of quick pictures before I took my [clit] piercing out, just so I'd have them. Since a couple people asked for a picture, I thought I'd put one up. What you can't really see is that the top barbell has a red gemstone (CZ), since I decided to bling my thing.

It still isn't healed right, even though I took it out more than 2 weeks ago. As J says, it looks kind of like a tranny cock. I don't think it looks as much like that, as just like it's reading for a piercing...basically, so much scar tissue built up so fast that it is still in the same shape as though a barbell was still in it, raised in a vertical way. It's kind of weird, and still stings sometimes...but oh well, what can you do.

-Essin’ Em, Essin’Em –Sexuality Happens

-Dating a math geek rocks. Though sometimes when we're in public we like to joke about women's "inferiority" in math because of those pesky ovaries and people take it the wrong way. They think we're serious. Like I'd ever date anyone who took that shit seriously. HA! (We also get weird looks because when we're at a coffeeshop or bar we'll make up math games. People are missing out by thinking math games are weird.)

-Have proved how big of a geek I am by buying textbook for the graduate Linear Algebra class and am up to chapter 4, having studied it and done the homework exercises. (One day I'm hoping to convince the department to let me take that class. I love me some Linear Algebra.)

-Lost Clown, Angry for a Reason

Well, after years of effort and pressure, it looks like the Regents of the University of Michigan will vote today to finally amend the University’s bylaws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression…

I know that, in the scheme of all that is going on around the country and the slow progress we are making, this isn’t a momentous occasion. Nevertheless, a lot of people worked to make this University a safe place for all people, regardless of their gender identity or how they express that identity. Today, we will take an important step in that direction, and I wanted to share it with you.

-Denise, Musings on Life, Law, and Gender

Imagine this - people who aren't really doctors are going round the country performing unnecessary intrusive surgical procedures, ones requiring anaesthetic, cutting people open. The media, instead of being outraged, conspires with these people to promote the procedures to people who have no interest in them. Stories about how these procedures enhanced peoples lives fill the media both as features and as advertisements. Little or no mention is made of the risks. The government does nothing even when children are being operated on. Sound ridiculous? Welcome to the post-apocalyptic future world of your nightmares... Correction: Welcome to now.

-Kate Smurthwaite, Cruella-Blog

When I got married six years ago the subject of the first dance was no longer just about the song. Gone were the days of shuffling around in a slow but repetitive circle as your guests painfully smiled on through some endlessly sappy song. Six years ago it was enough if the bride and groom went the extra mile and took some dance lessons. Then guests could watch a nervous couple take some tentative waltzing steps and then slowly gain speed and agility as the sappy song played out.

That even kept the crowd interested as long as the song wasn't something from the latest Disney film. These days it is a whole different ball game. Today, couples are choosing to surprise their guests with a choreographed show. Costumes are sometimes used as well as lights and often the slow waltzing song is quickly eliminated by some catchy beat or an old favorite that is sure to get the crowd going. When did this happen? I'm still not quite sure but the invention of You Tube has brought to light an increasing trend. The NEW and IMPROVED First Dance.

-Stephanie & Vicky, Flaming Tulle

There is an African-American girl in Teen Demon's class who is the personification of School Spirit. She is student body president and one of the few black kids in IB. Her grades started to slip, she was stretched too thin with all her activities. She was told to consider moving to regular classes. That's a message about the expecations for her.

Another girl, a white girl, actually wanted to drop IB. School was not her biggest priority, she wasn't involved in clubs or activities. She actively attempted to move to regular classes. Not only was she encouraged to stick with it, they did not allow her to drop out. She eventually did, but those adults had expectations of her, they fought for her, they encouraged her, despite the fact that she wasn't even interested in the program.

-More Cowbell, I Need More Cowbell

This past weekend we had great weather so I took the Vulcan Custom out for a ride to NH where we hit the shooting range. It was my first time shooting a gun and although I was really nervous when we got there, I did great (hit the bulls-eye on the first shot!). We then rode east to Seacoast Harley Davidson to window shop and then made a pit stop in Hampton, NH at North Beach (that’s the part of the video where you can barely understand what I’m saying, ha ha!) to watch the surfers and parasailers before heading home.

It was a great day.

-Rippin Kitten, Rippen Kitten: A Girl and Her Motorcycle

It warms my heart to read about the various things that feminists are up to these days. We are a diverse group of women, and we all have worthwhile things to say. Maybe we are not always trying to solve every problem in the world (I personally spent my past few weeks obsessing over the dismal performance of the New York Mets), but it’s great to see what we are doing both while trying to save the world and while taking a break from it.

What's on your mind these days?

Suzanne also blogs at Campaign for Unshaved Snatch (CUSS) & Other Rants

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