At first, I wondered whether or not to take part. The Awards involve sharing facts and answering questions about oneself. Whilst this suits perfectly blogs written in a diary format, and, as the 60s feminists said, the personal is political, I wondered if readers of this blog would appreciate it, given my usual style of sarcastic articles and angry letters. I would therefore like to thank Louise Mensch for inspiring my rethink.
Mensch, in her tirade against British feminism in Friday’s Guardian, claims that UK feminists are too busy in-fighting to get anything done, and that we frighten away male would-be feminists with our tiring, over-complicating attention to giving a platform to the voices of feminists who are not rich, white, heterosexual, able-bodied and capitalist.
Since joining the “online feminist community” around a year ago, I have found the vast majority of dialogues with other feminists educational and inspiring. By connecting with other bloggers who share similar feminist values, I have gained confidence and ambition in my campaigning through their support and encouragement. Therefore, in line with the requirements of the Liebster Award* and to counteract Mensch’s assertion that online feminism is vicious, divisive and disconnected from “reality”, I will nominate some blogs that I enjoy and – I hope – that others may find enriching, relevant and “real”.
The 11 blogs I nominate:
11 facts about myself:
- When I grow up, I want to star in the British sketch show Smack the Pony
- I drink too much and I never stand straight
- The older I get, the more content I am in my own skin
- My enjoyment of Have I Got News For You is severely tarnished when there are no women panelists
- I cannot understand why Made in Chelsea has not yet sparked a proletariat revolution
- I find apathy unnerving
- The Coop aside, I hate the big supermarket chains, and hate myself even more for being too disorganised and lazy to boycott them
- I have never been waxed. Yet I have inadvertently used the sticky side of a sanitary towel to remove pubic hair
- I once trimmed my eyebrows with nail scissors
- On the rare occasion that I make it through a woman’s magazine without defacing or burning it, (by “woman’s magazine” I mean the likes of Grazia, Cosmo etc.) I feel my self-confidence ebb away at the same speed as my urge to buy useless crap grows
- I hope to have a child or plural one day. If I have a daughter, I will not be following a Conservative government “info-pamphlet” in order to bring her up.
Below are the answers to the questions put to me by my nominator Kastiyos:
1. What is your favorite part about blogging?
I am sick of BBC-Braindead. There is an alternative to the mainstream media. We are the media.
2. If you could change anything about blogging, what would it be?
The most marginalized people are also those least likely to have access to blogging as a tool for making their voices heard.
3. If you could have any animal as a pet, which one would you choose?
4. List three words to describe yourself?
I’m happy today
5. If a genie granted you 3 wishes, what would you wish for?
Peace, happiness, equality.
6. Name someone you truly admire and why?
Aminatou Haidar for her relentless courage and determination
7. What would you do if you were to win the lottery today?
Shamefully spend on ridiculous excesses (including a house and traveling the world), get bored, then invest in a non-charitable foundation providing funding for advocacy-focused, social justice activities.
8. If you were to participate in a talent show, what would your talent be?
Sadly I have no “show-talents” so to speak, but I can twist my hand 360° around my wrist.
9. What is your dream car?
I’m a terrible driver and have little interest in cars. Ideally, I would have a car that ran on human waste.
10. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A free and independent Western Sahara
11. If you could invent anything you want, what would it be?
A full-proof mechanism for achieving the answers to question 5.
My questions for my nominees:
1) What do you want to be when you grow up?
2) What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
3) Are you a feminist? Why (not)?
4) What’s the most humbling experience you’ve had in your life?
5) Which woman do you most admire?
6) Why did you start blogging?
7) Do any of your favourite films pass the Bechdel Test?
8) Please recommend some comedians
9) Which sexist, racist, ableist or otherwise bigoted aspect of popular culture would you most like to see mocked?
10) In your opinion, which beauty product is the most useless?
11) In your opinion, which current governmental policy in your country is even more useless than your answer to point 10, and what can we do about it?
*Since the Liebster and Very Inspiring Blogger Award rules are very similar, it seems futile to do both. I have picked Liebster since I received this one first. The rules: answer 11 questions posed to you by your nominator; state 11 facts about yourself; nominate 11 other blogs, and; create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.