Here in ladyblogland, we do a lot of talking about feminism, and an awful lot of reading about it, too. One of the interesting topics I keep running into is the phenomenon of men only becoming feminists or feminist allies after having daughters. On the surface, this is problematic for several reasons. First, feminism being examined as part of a man’s narrative is really just reframing women’s issues as they relate to men, instead of examining them on their own merits, thus turning women into secondary characters in men’s stories. BOOM! Patriarchy. Second, the idea that the concept of treating people equally only occurs to people after it directly affects them or their loved ones is a little discouraging. And finally, shouldn’t these dudes have come around to gender equality without having to have daughters to push them into it? Read More Feminism After Fatherhood: Is It Really Such a Bad Thing?
Jimmie Briggs is someone who has devoted the better part of his life to giving a voice to those who are disenfranchised and often go unheard or misrepresented. As a journalist and activist, he has focused his work on examining child warfare and the circumstances that lead to children being forcefully or desperately recruited into conflict, slavery and trauma. Read More Persephone Pioneers: Jimmie Briggs
Last week I mentioned in the comments that I didn’t really like “Heart of Gold,” so I did my best to re-watch it with an open mind. I hadn’t seen it in a while, couldn’t remember much about it, and assumed that I was in a bad mood the first time I saw it. After the re-watch I can safely say I don’t dislike this episode anymore. I hate it. Read More LadyGhosts of TV Past: Firefly, “Heart of Gold”