Feminist blog

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A feminist blog presents the issues of feminism through a blog. Feminist blogs serve the purpose of spreading ideas, sparking debates, raising awareness, discussing opinions, sharing stories, and virtually spreading the notion of feminism throughout the Internet.[1]

This type of blog differs from the traditional blog because it combines politics with individual testimony. Feminist blogs use the medium of virtual communication to strengthen the feminist movement. Feminist blogs can be read by anyone with access to the Internet—which promotes a cross-cultural atmosphere effective for gaining insight and perspective on feminist issues around the world.

Feminist blogs help with political activism through a number of ways. A blogroll can be used to link other feminist blogs to their page to spread the ideas and viewers can connect to similar blogs pertaining to feminism.

The web blog makes it capable to provide links of awareness and other related activism... p40 The widely popular feminist blog, Feministing provides a sidebar which includes a list of news sources that range from categories of women’s organizations, violence against women, work, legal organizations, reproductive rights, international, political, and women’s studies programs.

Feministing consciously includes differing types of blogs, news sources, and organizations providing the site’s commitment to diversity in all aspects.[2]

Feminist blogs provide a broad array of topics from the mainstream, the grassroots, the academic, the pop culture where as pre-Internet era, the focus was much more narrowed. This broadness of topics contributes to the wide audience feminist blogs have. By aiming at pop culture and mainstream media, feminist blogs successfully become more exciting, more current and less academic while still providing political insight and discourse.

While gaining a larger audience, feminist blogs have the ability to shift over from primary ‘feminist issues’ to overall gender issues. This shift strengthens the divide between genders of feminism.

History[edit]

With the rise of technology in the 1990s, feminism started reaching new people and larger audiences. The name cyberfeminism was created to describe this technological breakthrough, where feminists were now able to share and produce a new sort of discourse. Cyberfeminism provided a more personal, individual way for people to participate in feminism on their own terms.

Impact on feminism[edit]

Feminist blogs are useful to the worldwide feminist movement because they draw on the idea of convergence culture. The realm of blogging allows feminists to discuss political topics more directly and personally with a wide array of people.

These blogs have also empowered women in the media field, which still remains largely male dominated.[3]

This groundbreaking type of technology has opened up the doors to a newer and more widely spread notion of feminism, introducing the theory of intersectionality.

Rather than incorporating traditionally unrepresented women (women of color, homosexual women, working-class women, disabled women, etc.) into existing ideology, third-wave feminism seeks to fundamentally alter its ideology based on the multi-layered identities held by all women

These technological advances allow for information in the feminist blogosphere to reach a larger demographic on a global scale, making the feminist blog atmosphere rooting from the third-wave feminism in the 90s.

This intersectionality has helped strengthen the movement as it allows people of all different race, genders, classes, etc. to conjoin on important issues as a whole while still recognizing the differences individually.

Global Impact[edit]

There are benefits to feminist blogging. With feminist blogging, women can have a voice to speak up about their opinions and beliefs.[4] This also allows them to openly discuss about their situation with confidence and can help avoid the archetype of women being silent or submissive. By blogging, it is seen as an effective method in getting the involvement of others or getting the attention of politically active people. With women discussing about events confidently, it allows a community of like minded individuals to understand what is occurring around the world and how they can get involved with different issues. With blogging, there is empowerment to make a difference within governments and international communities by getting involved through blogging. Feminist blogging is seen as a public activity that allows anyone to see a situation from a different viewpoint. Unlike traditional forms of media that discusses situations through a specific view that may appear to be male influence or avoids discussing about it, the information through feminist blogs is seen as transparent rather than edited for appeal.[5]

With feminist blogging, there is an increase in activism. [6] While many critics argue that nothing gets accomplished, feminist blogging encourages activism. Women use blogging as a method to get information and understanding of concepts or issues. Feminist blogging allows an individual who is in a community that does not understand or have much knowledge of the issues that many women go through. So, it allows individuals to get the information that many news resources may not cover and allows individuals to see through a difference perspective gaze. The gaze is not through a Western perspective, but rather a perspective of women living in that country with different cultural beliefs than Western societies. With women blogging about their opinions and hardships they endure, their personal problems become political and international as well.[7] Outside communities become interested in helping those in need of social change after learning about how women in other countries are affected by policies and conflicts.

Feminist blogging can be seen as an essential method in the democratization of women through online activism. [8] Women can express their issues or criticisms while deciding to remain anonymous or not. It allows those who live in countries where they are unable to voice their opinions publicly, to freely express their opinions while avoiding persecution. Feminist blogging helps by allowing women to get involved by learning more about feminist movements and how change can be made to the social standards in a country.

Feminist blogging allows individuals to understand that activism in the modern era has changed. It allows individuals to incorporate social issues, such as feminism, into political activism and, allows for people to discover different forms of feminist theories.[9] It also encourages involvement by looking into subjects outside the privileged gaze. By viewing the perspectives of others, individuals from different communities can learn about how women from different countries are not as what traditional media outlets portray them to be during conflict or everyday lives.

Types of feminist blogs[edit]

There are many different types of feminist blogs on the Internet. Some of the most common types of feminist blogs include: Personal, Topical, Collaborative, Political, Corporate, and Advice.[10]

Personal blogs include more opinion-based text, which often lead to open end discussion about certain feminist topics. Topical blogs deal largely with one specific topic or theme rather than an array of feminist issues. Collaborative blogs in the feminist realm are more community-based as they provoke conversation and discussion. Political blogs deal with political issues/debates and activism. Corporate blogs are associated with corporations and organizations—for example, the blog run by Ms. Magazine is considered a corporate blog. Lastly, Advice blogs stick to single topics and present the audience with facts and answers to questions surrounding feminist issues.

Another popular feminist blog is the award-winning Feministing blog, created by American blogger and feminist writer, Jessica Valenti. Feministing uses strategies from the third wave of feminism from the 90s. These strategies include the DIY ethic, which gained much popularity among the third-wave feminism era.

Through Feministing, feminism ideologies of the third-wave era conjoins with political activism to substantially reshape the way in which we look at political discourse. conventional political discourse. Feministing aims at creating awareness and serving as a platform open for blogger commentary on an array of political issues.[11]

Community[edit]

Community places an important role in the feminist blogosphere.

Feminism has spread to the streets with the help of feminist blogs. Rather than being seen as a strictly scholarly topic, feminist blogs have introduced feminism to the internet, catching a wider and younger audience.

Rules[edit]

Different feminist blogs have different rules for participating in the discussion boards and comment boxes. Feminist blogs aim to keep a neutral yet expressive atmosphere in the blog realm since many discussed issues can be very controversial.[12] They place comment rules and interactive rules in order to remain at peace in the realm of bloggers.

Criticism[edit]

Feminist blogs have provided a useful addition to the feminist movement, but there are some criticisms as to whether or not blogging potentially promotes activism. People can misread the use of blogs and take opinions literally as fact, which can be problematic.

Since blogging is part of the World Wide Web, the atmosphere is not always positive. People of any standpoint can express their opinions and voice their thoughts on specific topics. Blogging can be dangerous in terms of discussing some controversial feminist issues such as abortion etc. because the environment is open to anyone, it can become very opinionated and discriminatory.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenny Gunnarrsun Payne, “Feminist Media As Alternative Media? A Literature Review” Interface: A Journal For And About Social Movements, no. 1 (2009): 192.
  2. ^ Jessica M. Mowles, "Framing Issues, Fomenting Change, 'Feministing': A Contemporary Feminist Blog in the Landscape of Online Political Activism, International Reports on Socio-Informatics, vol. 5, issue 1 (2008): 40.
  3. ^ Carrie Hamilton, "Feminist testimony in the internet age: sex work, blogging and the politics of witnessing" Journal of Romance Studies, no. 9 (2009) 16.
  4. ^ Z. "Julie". Technology and the Future of Feminism. fbomb. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Z. "Julie". Technology and the Future of Feminism. fbomb. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Z. "Julie". Technology and the Future of Feminism. fbomb. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Shepherd, Laura; M. Franklin (2010). Gender Matters in Global Politics. New York: Routledge. pp. 326–346. ISBN 978-0-415-45388-2. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Z. "Julie". Technology and the Future of Feminism. fbomb. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Z. "Julie". Technology and the Future of Feminism. fbomb. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Vicki Tobias, “Blog This! An Introduction to Blogs, Blogging, and the Feminist Blogosphere” Feminist Collections, no. 26 (2005): 11.
  11. ^ Jessica M. Mowles, "Framing Issues, Fomenting Change, 'Feministing': A Contemporary Feminist Blog in the Landscape of Online Political Activism, International Reports on Socio-Informatics, vol. 5, issue 1 (2008): 33.
  12. ^ Elizabeth K. Keenan, “Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture”, no. 14 (2010): 45.
  13. ^ Melissa C. Gregg, “Feeling Ordinary: Blogging As Controversial Scholarship” Last modified November 6, 2006, http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/eserv/UQ:7740/FeelingOrdinary.htm