Pam and I are going to be at Netroots Nation, for anyone who’s going. If you’re interested in following my progress through it, I’ll be tweeting the whole thing. You can follow my Twitter feed here. I’ll be on two panels, both on Saturday.
Women Bloggers Found: Has Feminist Blogging Gone Mainstream?
Saturday, August 15th 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Time: Saturday, August 15th, 10:30am – 11:45am
A few years ago, male bloggers ’round the liberal bloglandia were wondering out loud, “Where are the women bloggers?” Many of the women in the feminist and progressive blogospheres responded with frustration—we were there, and had been, the whole time. Today, the blogosphere looks awfully different, as feminist bloggers are increasingly mainstreamed and able to exert stronger influence on online discourse. But “blogging while feminist” isn’t always easy, and feminist bloggers have faced harassment and threats that are uniquely gendered and sexualized. Feminists who have been most successful at running bigger blogs have also been mostly young, white, heterosexual and middle-class—so their issues have been presented to the mainstream progressive movement as the whole of feminism. This panel will look at what has changed, what hasn’t and who remains on the edges of progressive blogging. It will also examine how female bloggers—and feminist bloggers in particular—are treated in mainstream spaces, and what we can do about it.
Advocating for Reproductive Rights in the Age of Obama
Saturday, August 15th 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Time: Saturday, August 15th, 1:30pm – 2:45pm
The mainstream media may think having a pro-choice president is all that matters, but reproductive rights activists know there’s so much more to the issue. Instead of just making up for ground lost under Bush, how can we push for a reproductive justice framework, where more people have their real needs met? Most importantly, how can we use online tools like blogs and social media to spread the word despite silence from many mainstream sources?
At 3:30 on Saturday, I’ll also be doing a reading at the bookstore booth. Look forward to seeing many of you there!