I’m hosting the Twenty-Third Carnival of Radical Feminists! Thank you, Heart, for giving me this opportunity.
The theme of this carnival is “Why Radical Feminism?” I’m looking for posts that introduce some of the bare bones concepts of radical feminism as sort of a RadFem 101. There’s no place on the internet women can go to learn what radical feminism is and why it is the only path to real female liberation. Amy’s feminist-reprise is probably the closest place, and it is invaluable to me, but I think we can update it with our modern, personal experiences and more contemporary critiques of patriarchy. I want to create something we can point women to that explains radical feminism in our voices.
I think reaching out to other women is extremely important for the movement. I was a liberal/sex-poz feminist just four or five months ago, and a large part of that was only because I didn’t know there was anything else out there.
There are many women that have instinctive issues with pornography, prostitution, maleness, etc., but since the primary criticisms come from religious-conservative male viewpoints, their exposure to alternatives is limited. The false dichotomy between conservative/liberal in our society causes women with the potential to be radicalized to settle for merely being liberal, as it seems less overtly misogynistic. With this Carnival, I hope to provide a center to allow women to move beyond “less misogynistic” to radically feminist.
So I’m looking for submissions! Previous blog posts and new writings are both welcome. New voices are also welcome, and if you would like to write something but don’t have a blog of your own, I’d be happy to host it here.
Email submissions to j o c e l y n m a t h e rs @ gmail.com with “Carnival” in the subject. Submission deadline is July 2nd.
I’m especially interested in posts on these topics:
What is radical feminism?
Why radical feminism?
Real liberation versus false choice
My feminist awakening
Living as a radical feminist
The problems with liberal/sex-positive feminism and liberalism in general
Critiques of prostitution, pornography, sadomasochism, compulsory heterosexuality, marriage, religion, etc.
The ubiquity of sexual coercion
What would a post-patriarchy look like?
I’d appreciate links to this post so I can widen the pool of submissions.