Sunday, March 19, 2006
As I was catching up with my favorite blogs after a week-long absence, a few of them had this meme. It was a great opportunity for me to revisit things/people/ideas that are/have been important to my personal growth.

1) Specify five women's issues of critical importance to you:
* Reproductive Rights (that includes access to birth control, morning after pill, any variety of planned parenthood services and health care)
* Poverty
*Terrors and atrocities of war that women so often suffer the worst
* Domestic Violence
* Equal Pay and Opportunities in the workplace/Maternity leave issues

2) Name five of your feminist heroes (other than Mom, grandmom, etc.):
* Betty Freidan. In the great scheme of things, she was pretty conservative. I don't know how well she and I would have gotten along BUT she got the ball rolling on so many things. She deserves respect and gratitude.
* Eleanor Roosevelt. This blog could not hold all I would want to say about Eleanor.
* Hillary Rodham Clinton (even though I am undecided about her 08 run, I still admire her a great deal)
* Margaret Sanger
*I really can't pick the fifth. It may be a cop out but I know so many strong men and women committed to equality and empowerment. I also really want to say my mom but the "rules" say I can't....

3) List five books by women that influenced your thinking about politics, gender, sexuality, identity, etc.:

I can't name just five books but I will name authors and projects
* Judith Halberstam
* bell hooks
* Judith Butler
*Monique Wittig

And just in case you want some great feminist fiction/non scholarly stuff:
*Carson McCullers
*Zora Neale Hurston
*Toni Morrison
*Anna Quindlen
*Jane Austen

4) List five must-see films that illuminate a unique facet of women's identity/struggle/experience:
* Maria Full of Grace
* Magdelene Sisters
* Boys Don't Cry (lots of gender/sexuality/violence issues)
* Vera Drake
* North Country

5) List five feminist blogs you read (almost) daily:
* Woman of Color Blog
* Feministe
* Feministing
* Southern Feminist Blogs
* Pam's House Blend

And lots more...please click on my blog roll

6) List five women musicians you admire:
* Dixie Chicks
* Carly Simon
* Neko Case
* I also feel the obligatory need to mention Ani D....but I don't really get into her music

I need to listen to more women....

7) List five women performers you admire:
* Reese Witherspoon
* Charlize Theron
* Susan Sarandon
* Halle Berry (yeah, she did some BAD movies--but she also did some v. good ones)
*Hillary Swank

8) List your five favorite feminist quotes:
*The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl." ~Shirley Chisholm
* "I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat." ~Rebecca West
* It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. ~Susan B. Anthony
* You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
* Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Blogger quakerdave said...

Awesome! I was hoping you'd do this.

"Maria, Full of Grace" is a great choice which completely slipped my mind. Made me recall "Real Women Have Curves," which also should have been on mine.

CARLY! We saw her last winter in Atlantic City. Hated being in a casino, but she did a fantastic show.

Anonymous Chris said...

My name is Chris and I work at I'm forwarding a question I got from a site user. I thought that as a feminist who mentioned Eleanor Roosevelt in her blog, you might be able to write a reply. "Why did eleanor roosevelt want women elected to political posts?" The question may seem simple, but I look forward to reading your opinion. Thanks!

Blogger kristen said...

If I were answering the questions, I would direct the reader to this site by PBS

as it really spells out the immense activism she participated in throughout her life. While I do not have a definitive answer to the questions I would argue that E.R's work with women's right to vote, immigrants, etc proves that she was a firm believer in equality. Thus, her desire to have women in elected roles would continue with that trend. However, I want to point out that in E.R's day there weren't many women elected to office. In fact, I can't remember reading a significant amount of stuff that talked abotu her advocating women running for office. I'm sure she would want women to be elected into office but I don't know if it was feasible at the time.

Not sure if this helps.
Thanks for posting.

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