The Feminist Blogosphere

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Is there a reason that feminism no longer has a movement to present its goals and ideology to the world? There are feminist organizations and influential feminists, but nothing along the lines of the Women’s Liberation Movement of the ’60s and ’70s. It’s not that there is a lack of feminist dialogue out there, but it seems that most of it is taking place in the blogosphere. I don’t mind reading posts but I don’t find blogs satisfying when it comes to ongoing conversation. Forums are better for that, but I find them frustrating because topics seem to get taken over by a handful of posters and it’s hard to get a word in edgewise.

The Women’s Liberation Movement’s greatest strength was its consciousness-raising groups. Something similar could be done on the Internet–and I’m sure is being done–but there’s nothing like face-to-face encounters. Blogs are great for getting your opinions out there, but not so great for creating community. When you can’t put a face and a personality to a person’s words, it’s hard to feel connected.

And yet I, like many others, am putting myself and my views out there day after day in the hopes that someone will “talk” to me. The catch is that you have to be discovered before you get read and I haven’t yet found a way that will accomplish that. If I comment on someone else’s blog and refer to my own blog, it seems like I’m only interested in self-promotion. And even if someone does come to my blog, mine is only one of many that she visits. I have to really capture her attention for her to come back again, let alone comment on what I’ve written.

And what captures a blog surfer’s attention? Personal revelation? Cutting-edge news? Strong rhetoric? Controversial topics? Catchy titles? Videos and images? Celebrity bloggers? I decided to look around the feminist blogosphere myself to try to find answers to this question. I’ll start with the one I’m the most familiar with: Feministing. Check back  for my review of this blog.

In the meantime, here is a video presenting an overview of the feminist blogosphere.

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Ellen Keim

Ellen is a freelance writer, essayist and copy editor, living with three cats and a husband in Columbus, OH.

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