Welcome to the Fourteenth Carnival of Feminists! For background on the feminist carnival and links to past carnivals, go here. Thanks to everyone who submitted and to SAFER Board member Twe who got this all together in the first place.
We chose a theme for this month’s carnival: social justice organizing. SAFER is, first and foremost, an organization that supports activists who working to change how their colleges and universities prevent and respond to sexual violence. But we encourage students to use a social justice framework in all of their organizing, and come to understand how fighting sexual violence should include fighting multiple oppressions. We’re really excited by this group of posts, which includes beautiful examples of social justice organizing in action; reflections on sometimes over-looked aspects of organizing, like allies and self-care; taking feminist activism into classrooms and governing bodies; and expressions of frustration with the state of activism that help us think about how to grow. Happy reading.
In light of the recent media attention of aid for Haiti, Renee of Womanist Musings shares her frustration and disillusionment in the capacity for society as a whole to make change in “Activism Round Here.”
Marcella from Abyss2hope responds to common claims of frustration that some hold about the lack of people who care about sexual violence in “Mobilizing Anti-Violence Inactivists.” She explains why she thinks this is wrong and suggests how to get inactivists to join the movement to fight sexual violence.
At Cripchick’s blog, “thinking beyond strategic shortcuts” reflects on how community-builders—who organize folks who identify as part of one community but come from many different experiences—sometimes forget the importance and comfort of connecting with those who share very similar experiences (in this case, someone with the same disability).
In “Practicing What I Preach: Taking Care of Self in a World That Ain’t Gonna,” Problem Chylde reflects on the need to step back and engage in some serious self-care in order to be capable of responding to the need for “Rapid Action Now.”
In “Omg Ur So MEEN!” PseudoAlly Tears And Why We Don’t Care” Genderbitch sounds off on what it means to be a good ally and a pseudo-ally when it comes to anti-oppression activism.
After beginning an internship at a prison abolition organization, the Jaded Hippy wonders aloud about how to reconcile her politics and values with the limitations presented by working within a corporate structure in “The Further Adventures in Education.”
In “In our satin tights, fighting for our rights! But are women really natural campaigners?”at the f word, Mhairi Guild writes about how depictions of successful female activists, advocates, and organizers, can still reinforce gender norms (and dismiss the importance of employment and wage inequality) even when presented positively.
At Muslimah Media Watch, Nicole highlights the work of activists fighting domestic violence in Muslim communities in “Muslims are Speaking Out Against Domestic Violence…But is Anybody Listening?”
At the Women’s Rights section of Change.org, Ruth calls for readers to “Boycott American Apparel and its Best Butt Contest.” She includes links to a petition against the campaign, the homepage of the ‘girlcott’, and info about a guerrilla-style protest being organized.
At Imagine Today, Jill reminds us that “One Note (Can Change the World)” and promotes a simple way to spread positivity.
Happy Bodies is a blog out of Carleton College. “C’mon get Happy: Food” highlights the some of the ways these awesome body activists advertise and get people interested on campus.
PreventConnect out of CALCASA introduces new tools for their “That’s Not Cool” Campaign against teen dating violence.
At Living Peacefully with Children, boheime comes across “the frenchwoman in war-time,” an old propaganda poster depicting solidarity between women.
In “Ninth Circuit Supports Women Wrestlers,” Holly at the AAUW blog celebrates the victory of a number of women wrestlers who recently won their sex discrimination case against the University of California, Davis.
In “Where Did That Lettuce Come From?” at this ain’t livin’, Meloukhia writes how farm workers have little to no labour protection and that reform is important because it is about getting cheap produce at the heavy cost of the human rights of many.
“A Feminist Teacher Revolution” over at from the rib? (and cross-posted at Women’s Glib) Discusses the necessity of replicating women’s studies curricula and discussions of intersectionality that occur in the bubbles of expensive colleges and universities and implement them in K-12 classrooms.
In “Why Having Women Making Law Matters” f/law gives us a great discussion of why it’s important to have more women in (Canadian) Parliament, and breaks down the National Post article claiming that there aren’t more female law-makers because voters don’t want to vote for them.