Howdy! Didja miss me? One of the reasons–aside from spring break!–I’ve been offline recently is that I have some real-life presentations to prepare and research talks to get ready. For example, tomorrow I’ll be hitching up Seminar, my commuter horse, and high-tailin’ it down to Denver tomorrow right after class to convene a discussion on feminist blogging at the MCA Denver as part of the Feminism & Co. program this year.
I’ve been doing a little reading and reflecting on the feminist blogosphere lately, a timely undertaking since I’m sure you’ve all heard of the recent $hitstorm inspired by New York Magazine’s linkbaiting article on so-called feminist “retro-wives.” Inevitably, this hi-larious fiction in turn inspired a foul and NSFW (but delicious) parody. Perhaps just as inevitably, the women profiled in the original article complain that their comments were taken completely out of context and distorted beyond reason (h/t to Echidne for both of these last two links.)
The internet is an outrage machine, innit? I’ll be talking tomorrow night about the ways in which blogging fits in with the history of feminism as well as addressing some of the personal and professional issues that come up in blogging and other social media tools. Specifically, I’ll talk about the policing and politicization of motherhoood online, and the ways in which feminist blogging can rile up people within their shared profession as well.
I’ll tell you more this weekend about my upcoming talk at the University of Wolverines!!! I’m so excited to return to the Land that Knows No Sun from November through April.
Anyhoo: here’s my bibilography on the feminist blogosphere, for those of you who are interested in further reading:
- Naomi Greyser, “Gender Nerds at Heart: An Interview on Bridging the Blogging/Academic Divide with Feministing.com,” American Quarterly 64:4 (2012), 837-39.
- Ann M. Little, “Silence Dogood Rides Again: Blogging the Frontiers of Early American History,” common-place.org 11:2 (2011)
- Lori Kido Lopez, “The radical act of ‘mommy blogging’: redefining motherhood through the blogosphere,” New Media Society 11:5 (2009), 729-47
- Aimée Morrison, “Suffused by Feeling and Affect: The Intimate Public of Personal Mommyblogging,” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly34:1 (2011), 37-55.
- Aimée Morrison, “Autobiography in Real Time: A Genre Analysis of Personal Mommyblogging,” Cyberpsychology 4:2 (2010), 1-12.
- Tess Pierce, “Singing at the Digital Well: Blogs as Cyberfeminist Sites of Resistance,” Feminist Formations 22:3 (2010), 196-209.
- Claire B. Potter, “Women Gone Wild: Reflections on the Feminist Blogosphere,” Journal of Women’s History 22:4 (2010), 185-89. This roundtable includes the following essays:
- Jennifer Ho, “Being Held Accountable: On the Necessity of Intersectionality,” 190-96.
- May Friedman, “On Mommyblogging: Notes to a Future Feminist Historian,” 197-208.
- Marilee Lindemann, “The Madwoman with a Laptop: Notes Toward a Literary Prehistory of Academic Fem Blogging,” 209-19.
- Ann M. Little, “We’re All Cowgirls Now,” 220-34.
- Rachel Leow, “Reflections on Feminism, Blogging, and the Historical Profession,” 235-43.