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19th Carnival of Radical Feminists by pisaquaririse
October 28, 2008, 8:27 pm
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“From an early age I knew my ambition was to be in a plot. Or several plots–I thought of it as a career. But no plots came my way. You have to apply for them, a friend of mine had told me. He’d been around, though he hadn’t been in any plots himself, so I took his advice and went down to the plot factory. As for everything else, there was an interview. So, said the youngish bored man behind the desk, you think you’ve got what it takes to be in a plot. What sort of character did you have in mind? He was fiddling with a list, running his felt-tip pen down it. Character? I said. Yes, that’s what we do here. Plots and characters. Well, I said, I might as well try out for the main character. Or one of them–I suppose every plot needs more than one. You can’t be a main character, he said bluntly. Why not? I said. Look in the mirror, he said. You’re an exotic. What do you mean, an exotic? I’m a respectable person. I don’t do kinky dancing. Exotic, he said in his bored voice. Consult the dictionary, Alien, foreign, coming in from the outside.”

“Plots for Exotics,” Margaret Atwood

Maybe you’re curious like me. How do people get from place to place, idea to idea? What’s their story? I’ve fascinated with the details of people’s personal journeys ever since discovering online feminism. The idea for interviews this time around is nothing more than my curiosity given a voice. I’ve not set out to prove any major trends between radical feminist stories–rather the opposite. You will find some similarities, perhaps every 2 interviews, but nothing notably more conclusive than the words themselves.

This has been such an enjoyable process–I will say it again and again: thank you wimmin, of the time and mind, for coming forward and sharing these personal journeys. I did not expect a great response at the outset–I anticipated an introverted bunch, not used to talking about themselves, shying away from the idea their life story was of any value (doesn’t that sound mean?). There are probably still a lot of those out there (note for future hosts: I am happy to pass along the interview website admin info should you wish to reel these wonderful wimmin in for future carnivals).

However, I am happy to say 9 wimmin eventually tip-toed their way into my inbox! Their stories are linked here, laced in with the rest of the wonderful submissions. Enjoy!

Amy Interview

I felt like being smart was all I had as a little fat girl who didnโ€™t conform to femininity particularly well, who wasnโ€™t attractive or charming or athletic. My attachment to book knowing is apparent on the website, although hopefully Iโ€™ve been able to transform loyalty to patriarchal knowledge into loyalty to feminist knowledge.

Demonista Interview

Radical feminism was a deep, long lasting kind of intellectual stimulation. Reading a couple points had my brain buzzing for days

Suzie at Echidne of the Snakes explains further why interpretations of drag (re: huge learning curve) under a patriarchy are not as subversive as some may like to believe.

Some people think drag subverts gender by bringing its performativity into the open. But parody works only if people get it. A straight man at a drag show does not necessarily think: “If that man can look and act like a woman, then that means my girlfriend and I are just performing gender.”

Allecto Interview

I’ve always been a radical feminist. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t see that there was serious dominance/submission issues in male/female relations.

Illustration by Own Smith

Nine Deuce at Rage Against the Manchine takes an ice pick to the issues and concepts differentiating “rights” and “privileges” for porn use. She even later goes onto assert men in relationships who deceitfully use porn are being emotionally abusive. Daring!

Deciding what falls under the rubric of “rights” is a difficult task, and gaining any kind of universal consensus (even on the most basic of human rights) is nearly impossible because the discussion is landmined with the participants’ conflicting cultural and religious values. Fuck, we haven’t even reached the point where we can agree that we all have the right to not be murdered.

Maggie Interview

Well, that day I was feeling bad. I discovered that there was a dimension of this world that i hadn’t known about. It seemed ‘mechanical’ and ‘inhuman’ to me; these are the 2 words i remember thinking.

Amananta at Screaming into the Void shows off her songwriting chops in a political parody of South Park’s “Blame Canada.”

White guy 4: My son could’ve been a doctor or a lawyer rich as me,
But he flunked out when he saw Hillary’s ugly face on tv
Everyone: Should we blame his study habits?
Should we blame his ADD?
Or the teachers who didn’t do their jobs?
White guy 1: heck no!
Everyone: Blame Hillary!

Samantha Berg Interview

When you’re in your anti-porn star shirt seriously discussing plans to humanure while ripping up old political placards into the compost pile for your organic garden, American affluenza seems more like slow suicide than a normal lifestyle.

Via binthebunny.wordpress.com

Via binthebunny.wordpress.com

Rebecca at her personal blog Rmott62 takes no prisoners with some fierce reality checking in “Abolition is a Dream” and “A Revolution in Me.”

They are black women and girls, they are indigenous women and girls, they are women and girls who have be fucked as children, they poor women and girls, they are homeless women and girls, they are addicted women and girls – mainly they are women and girls who have forgotten that they can hope.

&

Each time a man chooses to rape a prostitute, each time a man uses a prostitute as real-life porn, each a man batters a prostitute, each a man kills and throws away a prostitute – it is a slow destruction of all women rights to be fully human.

BBB Interview

I am stubborn, strong-willed, and as my mother and father can attest to, if you tell me to drop it, I’m going to continue talking about it.

Dr. Violet Socks at Reclusive Leftist scarily but beautifully recalls the day her once carefree hiking trips became a reminder of the inevitable: no woman lives free.

I turned back to the trail, deliberate-like, not running, trying not to be scared. Nothing very bad is happening here. I’m just going to continue on my hike. I will continue on my hike and I will drive home and I will make dinner. When I reached the trail I turned around. He was following me.

Julia Interview

How did I bring feminism to the countries I lived in? By being a woman on her own doing what I wanted. Traveling alone in Brazil was very rare for a woman, so was hiking, running…

Sonia at el parador califas tells of her own experiences with domestic violence and how the silencing effects manifest as an epic erasure of it’s pervasiveness.

my self-esteem was at issue, but that’s a setup. women having low self-esteem doesn’t occur in a vaccuum, and it’s not resultant of pms, or high levels of emotion or just being chicks. low self-esteem in women is a requirement for the social status quo.

Amananta Interview

Although I guess I was always feminist, inside. I have never met a woman who believed that the world was fair to women. I suppose the difference is in how women handle that.

Marcella Chester at abyss2hope reveals yet another mindless imbecile who sees his self control astonishingly dependent on womens’ actions.

He wants to be seen as no more responsible for his behavior than a TV is when a woman uses a remote control device. Yet I doubt that he sat as still as a TV when women turned him on.

Jenn Interview

If something really offends me, others may think that my reaction is extreme, but it’s usually the culmination of dozens of slights that just can’t be ignored anymore.

And for a good dose of laughs we end with a little preherstory lesson presented by none other than the great Phemisaurus.

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I’ve had to run off for work so please know that is the reason your comments are not showing. However, please feel free to still leave comments :).

I’d love to see a full mod que when I return!

Comment by pisaquaririse

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Thanks for this wonderful Carnival, and for including my fury.
The interviews are brilliant, I thought about doing one, but feel a very weak radical feminist.

Comment by rmott62

Wow, amazing work! I like the formatting too, it’s pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment by Amy's Brain Today

Thanks a looot for that, Pisaquari. I will link to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment by Maggie Hays

Violet’s is the only story on this tragedythat gets at the why: a woman thinking she is himan.
Most of the stories give tips on safety for hikers. None of the tips say, don’t be female.

She was held for three days, and tortured before being decapitated. She fought. She had a martial arts belt. He said he finally killed her becaues she wouldn’t stop fighting and yelling.

He said they had a good time for three days.

http://www.righttohikeinc.com/

Comment by d'line

This carnival rules! I just wish I had caught on earlier. I’ve never been interviewed before! I don’t mean to get too corny, but I’m really proud to be a part of this community right now.

Comment by Nine Deuce

xxxooo

I love you women so much.

Comment by Heart

And this is an AMAZING Carnival!

Thank you SO MUCH, Pisaquari, for this fine work!

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Comment by Heart

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Comment by Maggie Hays

Thanks for hosting the carnival and for including me in such a diverse company.

Comment by abyss2hope

awesome carnival! the interviews were a fantastic idea ๐Ÿ˜€

just a wee correction: i don’t go by demonista small, but as winnie small.

Comment by demonista

Thank you all for the kind words!! I’m so glad to have the interviews finally up for all to see! Remarkable women abound and I KNOW there are more out there to be interviewed (yes Nine and Rebecca–always happy to add more to the interview site–maybe we should discuss this further?).

Welcome d’line–that story is just sickeningly depressing. I am a hiker in Georgia and I always hike with a male (read: NOT full proof) because the kind of scum that took Merideth have such hate for women.
Great website. My best to you.

Fixed demonista.

Comment by pisaquaririse

This was EXACTLY what I needed in the middle of an absolute shit week! The interviews are excellent, Pisquari! I found myself identifying with so many of these women and their paths. I really can’t tell you how much this brightened my day!

Comment by Evo

Welcome Evo.

Yaay for bright days!

Comment by pisaquaririse

Thanks Pisaquari for all the work you put into this. I can’t find the Echidne of the Snakes article though?

Comment by Polly Styrene

Thanks polly!

Yeah, it’s weird because it’s an “archive” page–when you click the link and the page fully loads (have to wait a sec) it will show first a post called “Daddy in black face”–scroll down to the next post and you should see it.

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Well, you know I’m narcissistic enough to want to be interviewed! Plus, it’d be an honor to be included. It’s such a cool idea.

Comment by Nine Deuce

Great carnival Pisaquari. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know other radical feminists a little better. The interviews were a great idea. Thanks for interviewing me!

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Wow pisaquaririse I love the way you’ve done this carnival. Excellent.

Comment by sparklematrix

I love you women so much.

Yes, and we love you soooo much too, Heart. ๐Ÿ™‚

I found myself identifying with so many of these women and their paths.

Wow, that is wonderful, Evo. ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment by Maggie Hays

Thanks for this pisaquari, really appreciated the interviews ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment by Rain

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know other radical feminists a little better.

So did I, Allecto. ๐Ÿ™‚

Comment by Maggie Hays

This is *brilliant*!

Thank you pisaQ – we need more of this kind of thing.

Comment by witchywoo

Great idea for a carnival, I’ll look forward to reading all these interviews. Thanks.

Comment by Michelle

Thanks for including me! Here’s a better link to my article, I hope:
http://echidneofthesnakes.blogspot.com/search?q=charles+knipp

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