While on the subject of, er, "Amazonia" (are we still on that subject? Or did it die a well-deserved death while I was busy with Real Life crap?), one of my favorite feminist bloggers out there, Sady Doyle, recently wrote a piece about Lady-nerds and Utopia, and then she did a seperate blog post footnoting the historical flaws of many of said female utopia-writers, and both are equally interesting:
And they tell their own stories. Stories about escape, about what changes, what doesn't, and what should. And when it comes to lady nerds, those voluntary or involuntary gender rebels, those girls whose brains just don't fit the template, they tell stories about the specific discomforts and desires of that situation. One of the oldest stories is the one where dudes don't run things. Or, you know, exist.
Footnotes: In the first wave, one of the most major problems with feminism was that it was For White Ladies:
Feminist scholars have actually had to point this stuff out in response to people embracing the book as a socialist-feminist-separatist political vision. They’ve also pointed out that these were contemporary, mainstream, even liberal views at the time of publication. One of the notable things about these books is that feminist visions of utopia tend to mirror the problems with feminism. In the first wave, one of the most major problems with feminism was that it was For White Ladies.
Jezebel has a blogpost about a woman who was raped under knife point and got the rapist to admit to it on the phone but still wasn't believable enough in the eyes of the jurors. It's called How to Rape A Woman And Get Away With It.
We already knew about this of course, about the nuclear family bullshit and the "men and women are different in da brainz!" and the pythonesque YES-WE-ARE-ALL-INDIVIDUALS! crap, but it's still nice to see it in a neat little summary like that.
Apparently there has been some protests against the conference - the article describes 50 feminist activist spraying graffiti on a community hall and handing out leaflets about a protest rally. It also interviews the Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality director Patricia Schulz, who is not worried about the event happening within her country’s borders but is concerned by “this movement’s denunciation of all women who do not correspond to its limited vision of what constitutes a ‘real woman’.” She also says she finds that the antifeminist men's rights groups don't appear interested in stimulating a debate that could lead to solutions to the problems faced by many men, as much as they seem to want to put the responsibilty for these problems on women who can be described as "emancipated."