A few weeks ago, Notorious Ph.D., Girl Scholar invited me to participate in a cross-blog discussion of Judith Bennett’s History Matters: Patriarchy and the Challenge of Feminism. We talked it over, and thought, “why keep something this much fun all to ourselves?” So we invited Tenured Radical and Another Damned Medievalist at Blogenspiel to join in the fun, too. On each successive Monday one of us will offer a post talking over a few of the many provocative ideas in Bennett’s book, and invite our readers to join in. (In the 1970s, my parents used to participate in “Progressive Dinners,” which were dinner parties where each course is hosted by a different person or family in the neighborhood. That way, no one gets totally exhausted preparing a huge meal and cleaning up afterwards, since everyone is responsible for just one course. Think of this as a Progressive Dinner with feminist food for thought on the menu.)
Our hope is that our readers will follow each conversation and participate, which is why we’re announcing this while it’s still February. There’s still time to get your copy of the book–either from a book seller, or from your local library. Please join us!
Here’s the schedule:
- Monday, March 2, Notorious, Ph.D. will get us started, since she is one of Bennett’s fellow medieval European historians
- Historiann will roll the chariot along on Monday, March 9, straight outta the colonial Americas
- Tenured Radical will weigh in with her perspective as a modern U.S. historian on Monday, March 16
- Another Damned Medievalist at Blogenspiel will give it up on Monday, March 23
- And since March has five Mondays, we hope to offer a special guest post on March 30, and invite you all to use that day to post your own thoughts on Bennett’s book, or on the conversation we’ve been having.
We hope you will read the book and join the conversations!