Feminist Friday Open Thread

There will not be one of our regular feminist Friday posts today, but I will be back next week with a traditional post. I’ve spent the week watching the news, reading, having difficult conversations, and making some plans for future action. Oh yeah, and I’ve been working, both in and outside of my home. Consequently, I didn’t manage to get a post written, and I am exhausted.
And I think it’s important to talk about how we get exhausted, because we do get exhausted, all of us. And there’s a long way to go yet. So today,  I need to step away from my computer for a while today and practice some self-care. I need to spend the day reading a good book (right now I’ve got the Lemony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events books on tap, as I’ve just finished the super-fantastic Netflix adaptation) and snuggling with the pup. We’ll have coffee tomorrow, and I’ll finally get ’round to all those comments that are in the queue (god, I’m sorry guys—I’m just overwhelmed, but I see you all, and I

So while I am off here, I’d like to suggest something else…Go find a feminist writer that you haven’t read before and read a post from her instead. And feel free to suggest pieces in the comments section–especially pieces that address intersectional issues like race, class, disability, and LGBTQIA rights. Because the way to do this is not for us just to talk in a vacuum, but to bring more people into the conversation, not for us to yell so loud that we are unable to hear the voices around us, that we drown them out.

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  1. says

    It has definitely been a tough week. I’m exhausted from it all. I did the same thing with Facebook today, too. I need that break. Today I will spend time with the grandsons. Hopefully, I will also get out of the house for a bit. I hope your day off is fruitful.

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  2. says

    I am exhausted with all the news and for health reasons I need to stay off the news sites yet I find I can’t do. Your requested for books brought to mind, I just finished reading Charlotte Armstrong THE BALLOON MAN. It was written in 1968 that time. It is very factual on hpw women were treated in that area. Whenever, domestic volience was involved the police and society felt the woman involved was guilty. We have come a long way, this week a man was sent to prison for the injuries he did to his girlfriend ‘s child. We have come a long way and I certainly don’t want to go back to that time. Enjoy your book.

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  3. says

    I know. I feel you. It’s been hard, and will continue to be so. Knowing women like you are out there helps me, alot. So, for my feminist suggestion, I’ll be looking into the poetry of Warsan Shire, the poet featured in Beyonce’s Lemonade – Also a wonderfully feminist project (at least my Womens & Gender Studies degree-holding daughter thinks so, and I found it cathartic in many ways, even being a pale white woman).

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  4. says

    I’d hate to offend anyone. Please forgive in advance. I do not include homosexuality in the fight for feminist human rights. It’s been nagging me for a long time. I intend to write a post on my feelings on that subject. But for me homosexuality has really nothing to do with feminism.


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