"The women of Bikini Kill let guitarist Billy Karren be in their feminist punk band, but only if he's willing to just "do some shit." Being a feminist dude is like that. We may ask you to "do some shit" for the band, but you don't get to be Kathleen Hannah."--@heatherurehere

Monday, May 14, 2007

Carnival of Radical Feminists

There is so much good stuff over at the first edition of the Carnival of Radical Feminists, that I am at a loss as to what to mention. Please read the introduction to the Carnival, to get a sense for where everybody is coming from over there, and I implore y'all to respect the space. Not only is there an amazing depth and breadth of topics, but the women at Women's Space/The Margins obviously worked hard on selecting the pieces and presenting the carnival.

I suppose it would also be apropos to mention that, regarding a post that details violence against Iranian women simply because they are women, the murder of a man for marrying outside of his caste is also detailed:
S Murugesan: Poisoned and burnt for marrying a woman of a higher caste (D. Kannagi above). I am including a man because men also torture and murder men in the interests of preserving male hierarchies. This is very visible in the caste system, but it happens everywhere.

This is an extreme example of how men police other men as regards gender and, in this case, class; many cases of men policing other men around gender are more subtle, of course, but it's important to acknowledge that many aren't subtle at all.

Go check out the carnival.
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