As what you might call a layfeminist - not academically trained in feminism or women's issues, and not professionally involved with any overtly feminist organizations or goals - I don't have any real area of expertise when it comes to feminism, so I decided to compile this carnival as a sort of feminist free-for-all. Consider this a chance to take the pulse of the feminist blogosphere and connect readers to the things feminists are saying right now about life, about culture, about each other. I'd like to thank everyone who made a submission, anyone who linked to this carnival to get the word out, and especially Natalie Bennett, who has kept me on the ball and given me guidance for putting this all together. I won't pretend that this is anywhere near comprehenseive, so if you wanted to include a link but I missed it or you didn't get it to me on time, go ahead and leave it in the comments. Remember to look for Carnival number 25 at Philobiblon on October 18.
So, without further ado...
Feminism and Pop Culture
tekanji in her post "Female Villans Can't Win" wonders when video game makers will be able to portray a female villan without her sex appeal being her most notable characteristic.
Sarah Louise Parry, AKA Barbie's worst enemy, isn't impressed that the only kind of compliments toward women in tabloids are the backhanded kind.
Louise Feminista gives us a feminist rationale for liking the work of Kylie Minogue. (Me, I just like dance pop.)
Natasha of feminish can't be sure: are the Long Blondes feminist or not?
American feminism and Muslim women
The feminist blogosphere has been abuzz this month on the cultural, racial, religious, and other divides that separate American feminism from Muslim women in America and abroad. If there's one thing that everyone can agree on, this conversation is not over. I don't have answers, but I do have links. Here goes...
Zola Malay begins to answer the question: "A Muslim feminist?"
Natasha, a Jordanian blogger, reacts to the news of an "honor killing" in her country. Check out this post at The Black Iris, and the following comment thread for more reactions.
Brownfemipower has some major problems with the ubiquity of the use of the burqa by white feminists as a symbol of female oppression. Bitch or BitchLab has more, and the Happy Feminist has some reactions to and links regarding the conversation that resulted from bfp's post, and Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon explains herself. Clare at Ink and Incapability adds this, and if you haven't seen enough after reading all the comments and links on those posts, my advice would be to watch Brownfemipower's Women of Color Blog to see where this all leads. (And please, be aware of the WoCB comment policy!)
Muslim Hedonist writes about "Race, Gender and the Mosque."
Five things feminism has done for me
This meme has caught fire, so check out this list of responses, or since there are too many to list here, do like me and let google compile the links.
Feminist vs. Feminist: toward constructive criticism
The bitch girls say: Guns don't kill feminists, people do.
tekanji is sick of the term "choice feminism."
Amber Rhea wonders what all these people around her are if they're not "real women."
Marcella Chester ponders the mysteries of ifeminism. (I want to know if they have to pay royalties to Apple.)
Echidne pits science against pseudoscience, and has an idea of why pseudoscience sometimes wins out. Also see Theo on the same subject.
Uma of Indian Writing sheds some light on the dark side of women in India's class system.
Rhetorically Speaking wants to know how a popular male chef can criticize women for changing food culture.
Suki questions Austrialian leaders' committment to protecting its citizens from sexual harassment and discrimination.
The F-word blog catches an European court at reinforcing the wage gap.
Naiades finds makeup to be as limiting as anything else in a racist, sexist world.
Philobiblon and Feminish present a little history.
Pamela Slim scores an interview with Gloria Steinem.
petitpoussin praises female sex bloggers.
Action, Encouragement and Community-Building
I'd like to end with a few links that have come to my attention and could use the attention, encouragement, and maybe even monetary or other resources of the feminist blogosphere. Criticism amongst feminists can often feel a little less than constructive, so let's take this opportunity to acknowledge the unique challenges women face wherever they are, the strength it takes to face them, and offer our help to those who might need it.
Rachie of Living for Disco relates her navigation of the emotional minefield left behind by the experience of sexual harassment.
Ali Eteraz has a call to action on behalf of women sentenced to death by stoning in Iran.
After weathering the runaround that is acquiring emergency contraception in this county, Biting Beaver has found herself with an unplanned and unwelcome pregnancy, a $450 bill for RU-486, and a lot of anger. (On a similar subject, see Broadsheet's reportage on the National Abortion Federation's struggle to provide timely abortions to those who need them.)
Anyone wishing to leave their encouragement for Liz formerly of Granny Gets a Vibrator in the wake of her cancer diagnosis can do it at the blog of her
And - since I am the one hosting this - I'd like to direct any donation dollars that have been burning a hole in your pocket to a nonprofit in my area, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, which serves victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse in Latah and Whitman counties of Idaho and Washington, respectively.
Last but not least, the US national election is only 31 days away, so be sure to register to vote, see how you can get involved, keep reading and writing to keep the information flowing, and make sure women's voices are heard in the 2006 election!
UPDATE: Also check out the first African Women's Carnival.