I spent last Friday meeting many wonderful women before and after this Feminist Writers Festival panel discussion. Our chair @bluemilk had prepared some great starting points, the audience was engaging and asked some really interesting questions, so the hour just flew by.
As an atheist, I do not get to find solace in the idea that I have an afterlife to plan for. I have to make peace with the idea that this one life is all that I have and that every single solitary moment counts right now. It counts in moments, that are slowly ticking away. And while I also have to realize that while there is no God keeping track of those moments and my actions within them, that none-the-less they matter.
This accusation of suppressing speech online keeps on coming up (it’s a fundamental plank in the ongoing FTBullies smear campaign): the allegedly terrible awful no-good horrible “crime” of deleting comments on a blog. To which I say bah humbug pish tosh harrumph and quote a 2010 comment here:
you have a right to access the Internet, not to access my audience via my resources.
if your solution to sexist abuse on the internet is, “Just don’t let anyone know your gender, or see a picture of you, or ever mention where you live”, you are so fucking awful, I can’t even.
J K Rowling has announced on YouTube more details about her plans for the Pottermore website – “a unique online reading experience”
‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,’ it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different… Read More ›
I’m wondering if you could help me out here? I’m doing a write-up on feminist blogs and online communities for this
Here’s a paper I wrote recently, Hearing Women’s Voices: Digital Communities and Feminist Ethics. [Edit: now available in HTML format here.] The intro: Introduction: Community and Ideas of “Space” “Online community” is a highly contested concept. Are text interactions “authentic”?… Read More ›