Here is a little ‘Frequently Asked’ section for questions that seem to come up a lot! I hope you find them useful and if you think there’s anything missing, please let me know.
Can you recommend any other feminist blogs/blogs owned by feminists?
Sure can! Here is a bumper list of some of my favourites:
(this is ever-changing, so keep checking back)
I’m new to feminism, how can I get in to it?
There are SO many ways, but here are some easypeasy ones:
- Follow feminist blogs (which it seems like you are already doing) - check the list above for some of the best examples.
- Scroll as many tumblr tags as you can think of feminism, feminist, equal rights, lgbtq, women’s rights, sexism, racism, rape culture, trans* rights, body positive, transphobia, ableism, homophobia, women in poverty, women of colour… see what I’m saying? The more tags you track the more things you learn - trust me.
- Read feminist books - you might be best doing a google on this one or asking as many feminists as you can because there are SO many books out there. I do recommend Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti as a starting point, though. And I’m personally a huuuge fan of Margaret Atwood’s books which are fictional but offer a very interesting commentary on society through a feminist lens.
- Find out about local marches, rallies and organisations. Use google, twitter or other internet tools/social networking websites to make this easier.
- Read articles: there are a plethora of these online. If you follow feminist organisations on Twitter or somewhere like that then they often post links to their articles. I particularly like Bitch Flicks for their commentary on the media and film world and I’m really enjoying something called ‘Feminist Book Club’. Everyday Sexism and iHollaback are two awesome organisations I follow on twitter, too. Read anything but articles from the Daily Mail because they’ll do two things: one) make you realise why you need feminism (their articles are disgusting) and then two) tell you feminists are the devil. So not that.
Can you recommend some feminist reading?
Tumblr user kungfucarrie
made an absolutely amaaazing bumper post that she linked me to back when I first started the blog and so I’d definitely point you in that direction first. Here it is
. She has listed pretty much everything I’ve read and more
so I feel a little underqualified to give you any further recommendations though I will probably add to this section in the future!
I support feminism but feel out of my depth talking about it, particularly to those who oppose it, what can I do?
Read, read, read. Learn, learn, learn. Seriously. The more you learn and the more effort you put in to your feminism then the faster the confidence will come. This also helps in the case of people who don’t ‘agree with’ feminism - the majority of these (particularly friends, family, acquaintances) will have spent very little time looking at the issues the movement is concerned with and so will have little to say if you can provide evidence. It also never hurts to be kind and educate others.
I know a lot of songs are misogynistic, what can I listen to when I want to feel good about myself?
Well here at the blog the followers and I have been constructing a bit of a feminist playlist: ‘The Best EVER Feminist Playlist So Far…’. However, this is mostly contemporary stuff and is lacking in songs from the Riot Grrrl movement (The Runaways, The Slits, Bikini Kill) which needs to change very soon. I’m still accepting recommendations here - so send them in (!!!!)
You sometimes talk about your boyfriend, does he identify as feminist?
He certainly does and there are a couple of ways you can find out more about that; you could read this (something he wrote for the blog back when it first started) or you can always go ask him! :)