“I’m Not a Feminist, But . . .”: Radical Feminism

Originally posted on The Bookshelf of Emily J.:

We hear people say this all of the time, and yet they often go on to express “feminist” ideas and could identify as a feminist. There are many reasons why people distance themselves from the feminist movement. I can’t possibly explain or guess them all. But I can explain the different types of feminism according to Rosemarie Tong’s book Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction (2009). There are many types of feminism, and we know that “all feminists do not think alike” (p. 1). However, labeling different schools of thought help us to “mark the range of different approaches, perspectives, and frameworks a variety of feminists have used to shape both their explanations for women’s oppression and their proposed solutions for its elimination” (p. 1).

This series will outline and define the many feminisms. Maybe you’ll be able to identify where you agree and disagree with feminist thought.

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Feminist Frequency is just truth-telling, says Joss Whedon

Originally posted on The Stake:

The work of Anita Sarkeesian and her project, Feminist Frequency, has always been controversial. To some at least. Sarkeesian has been on the receiving end of the worst venom the internet can produce. Everything from mockery to rape and death threats have been directed at her, on and off-line, because of her feminist critiquing of cultural properties (she discussed this treatment in a TED Talk).

Yet Sarkeesian has continued. Her current video series, called Tropes vs. Women in Video Games is funded by a highly successful Kickstarter Campaign. Her videos are strong pieces of criticism. She states throughout her work that critiquing one part of video games (misogyny) is not an indictment of every aspect of gaming. Her videos follow a simple formula, laying out the basis of her criticism early, and spending a lot of time with examples of misogyny to strengthen her argument.

After viewing her work, it’s difficult to see a…

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Building NASL Coverage

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American soccer is an odd duck. Because MLS is a single-entity (meaning that the league owns all the teams and each team’s ‘owner’ is really just a minority partner), it sells itself in the same way a team would. Thus, the priority is league over team. Which is queer. I don’t much like cheering for leagues.

I’d like to see more folk support or, at least, be knowledgeable about more teams. This was why I wrote for a whole season on the fourth tier teams of the NPSL. Because my Minnesota team isn’t in MLS but the NASL, I’ve been trying to get more people to not only know about Minnesota United but all the teams it plays against. Some Chicago Fire guys I talk with and who let me write on Chicago started a new site for all of North America called “12” and drafted me into covering the NASL.

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Comix Gratis

Getting into comics has been interesting. I’ve found some really great stories (Caliban, Shutter, Translucid, and others). But I’ve also found a slew of titles that really just didn’t click with me. Unfortunately, there’s no real buy-back market in comics. At least, not like what I’m use to with books and CDs.

With that in mind, I want to offer to you, the random reader, some comics. I’m giving these away, so just tell me what you want & I’ll send it to you. First come, first serve.

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Soccer Musings

So here are my latest bits & pieces covering the Chicago Fire and Minnesota United.

The disgusting sad match between the Chicago Fire and San Jose Earthquakes was a really downer. A 5-1 loss leaves zero positives. I guess we call that ‘character building.’

As poor as Chicago have been, Minnesota United has been brilliant. Wins in the first two matches of the second half of the season, and the only North American team to beat an EPL team this summer (2-0 over Swansea City, whereas LA Galaxy were thrashed 7-0 by Manchester United, Tottenham beat Toronto FC 3-2, Seattle labored to draw Tottenham 3-3, FC Dallas were well handled by Aston Villa 2-0, Columbus Crew squeaked by with a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace, and Sporting Kansas City were soundly beaten by Manchester City 4-1) have turned myself & my wife into some happy Loons.

So, I’m hoping to start creating pre- and post- match reports. This weekend Minnesota take on the Atlanta Silverbacks.

@DrShelleCasey jazzed at the Minnesota United v Swansea City match

@DrShelleCasey jazzed at the Minnesota United v Swansea City match