I was linked to in the snapshot. Thank you to C.I. for that and thank you to everyone who e-mailed about the early morning post I did.
Jim Lobe's being disgusting and he thinks we're stupid and can't catch on. He's left a comment at his post saying that someone else at his site called out Nir Rosen's remarks so he doesn't have to and all he did was recommend a story by Nir Rosen yesterday and what's wrong with that!
You never called him out for what he wrote yourself?
And the first thing you write about him since he attacked Lara Logan online (saying she deserved to be sexaully assaulted) is praise. And in your comment today you're praising his writing?
What does it take for you to stop linking to someone?
I'm confused because I thought there was some level of standards.
But silly me, I never expected anyone on the left would publish in Hustler 'magazine' or that Amy Goodman would be thrilled to have her face on the cover (in a clothed photorgraph).
Silly me, I thought we had standards on the left.
Now we have them in the Black community and maybe that's what confused me.
If you say something racist, it's not our job to defend you, it's not our job to praise you. You're dead to us. That's why, on Parks & Recreation (NBC), it was so funny when they were all digging for dirt on each other and someone (Tom?) turned up that Donna had given money to David Duke, it was so funny. That would be something you would hide if you were Black. (At the time she donated, Donna hadn't realized he was a racist. So that was the one thing she kept hidden and didn't want anyone to know. For Tom, it was the fact that his beautiful wife wasn't his real wife, they were in an arranged marriage so she could stay in the US and not be forced back to Canada.)
But the standards we have and police in the Black community -- taught to us by our elders who made the Civil Rights era happen -- apparantly don't exist for the White left males.
Feminists of all races (and of both genders) do have standards -- real feminists -- but real feminists aren't as big a group as I thought. And we are essentially leaderless.
I just went to Women's Media Center and, on the front page, saw a link on the main page to Sheela Raja's "EXCLUSIVE: Rape Myths Persist -- Reactions to the Assault on Lara Logan." It went up on the 17th and my first thought was, "Why didn't C.I. tell me?" I would have gladly linked. (Many times, C.I. is asked to link to WMC by friends with WMC.) Here was a great article, I just knew, taking on the liars who have attacked and smeared Lara Logan.
Then I read the article. It's nothing. It's a factoid. It names no names and just wants you to know some basic rape myths. It is not at all about "reactions to the assault on Lara Logan." I was so disappointed I left a comment at the article. As Gina, Krista and Keesha have repeatedly noted in the gina & krista round-robin, WMC isn't big on any comments other than "Love it! It changed my life! You are a great writer!" So I made a point to copy my comment so it would appear somewhere at least:
As a blogger, a Black woman and a feminist, I continue to be hugely disappointed with Women's Media Center. This article illustrates why. Rape Myths still exist? No duh. I've been blogging about that my own site. But the difference is, I'm not pretending it's some * from floating thing out there. I'm naming names. Why is WMC unable to address the fact that 'lefty' Nir Rosen Tweeted that Lara Logan deserved it? Why are they unable to call out the rush to defend Rosen by so many people on the left? Me? I'm dealing right now with an angry man of the left e-mailing me for my pointing out that he never weighed in last week to call out Rosen and Monday shows up to urge us all to go read this 'fabulous' piece that Nir Rosen has just written. I saw the same thing with the attacks on the women who may have been raped by Julian Assange, WMC had nothing of value to offer there. And they don't call out our 'left' men and women who choose to publish in Hustler magazine. A man gets arrested in November 2009, for the third time, for seeking sex with an underage female and there's never anything about it here even though many on the left continue to promote that man. Women are being hurt and being damaged and silence is never an option. "Rape Myths Persist." Yes, they do. And a list of basic facts isn't really holding anyone accountable, now is it? Naming the ones who push those myths might do some good. I see many female bloggers and writers online leading the way whether it's at Feministing, The Common Ills, Mary Eliabeth Williams, Ava and C.I., etc. And I expect to see something similar from WMC which has so many strong women behind it. But time and again, WMC avoids calling out the people who need to be called out. And, honestly, you sometimes promote some of the people on the left propping up Larry Flynt's racist and sexist empire. I don't plan to comment here again but I am copying my comment and putting it up at my website. Maybe my problem is I keep expecting leadership and articles from WMC but keep getting Public Service Announcements instead.
"*" indicates that should be "free form." That's not WMC's mistake, I left out "free."
I really wanted WMC to succeed. It has feminists of all races working for it, of all ages, and it could be this wonderful resource and tool and educator. But instead it never really accomplishes anything.
Many of their articles, as my own mother (second wave feminist) points out could have appeared in McCalls in the 60s. (McCalls was apparently a "women's magazine" urging home making back then.) It's just 'genteel' to the point of boring. And feminism should never be boring.
I will add something further on that topic. It's been six years that I've been doing this site. A young woman has started a blog. You have to be invited to read her posts so I'm not linking -- there's no point unless you're invited. She e-mailed me about her blog and some other things and asked if I was disappointed that she'd made it invitation only? No.
No, I'm disappointed in our culture that she had to do that.
And she did have to do it. There's not a woman online right now who can't tell you a horror story unless all she's done is write "This man is great" over and over about every lefty man and never asserted herself or made demands about her own needs.
I understand -- I have gotten death threats, I do understand.
So I'm not disappointed in her at all. I think it's great that she's doing a blog and I love reading it. She's seventeen, mixed and ready to take on the world and I bet she will. She kindly thanked me for being an influence. I'm sure it was a very small influene but I say thank you back to her.
And since it's been six years, maybe I need to note something here that long term readers already know.
My site exists because of one woman: C.I.
She got online in 2004 and quickly became the strongest woman and the strongest women's advocate we have in my opinion. I would read The Common Ills and she'd be, for example, ripping The New York Times apart for their seventh article in a row about what life is like for Iraqis under war -- the seventh article in a row, she'd point out, that failed to find one Iraqi woman to speak to. I'd think, "Oh, I wish I had said that!"
She was courageous and bold and unafraid and everything I wanted to be. Just reading her made me stronger.
And so, in 2005, I started wanting to go online. And by that time, Rebecca and Third were around. And Ava and C.I. were doing amazing writing. And I wanted to be part of this movement of strong women. Hold on, I'm copying and pasting from Third:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
We have community newsletters. They aren't listed above. We had three members with invitation only sites (had, there are now four). And those aren't listed. But notice the names up there. Those are some strong women.
Dona, Ava, C.I., Rebecca, Kat, Ruth, Trina, Ann, Elaine and Marcia. I love all of them but it's is such a treat to be a part of a community with so many strong women interested in helping other women be strong.
And they all inspire me and I thank them all. (And I thank our males as well but I'm focusing on my sisters tonight.)
I'm going to plug "The Damned Don't Apologize (Ava and C.I.)" one more time. It's amazing. And that's the sort of thing WMC should be doing.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):