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Something a little different for the third topic, this time we're going with a specific type of writing: poetry! Leave your recs in the comments for awesome female poets, specific poems or volumes, or poetry about the female experience.

Also, I'd like to do at least a few more themes in the rec fest, and I'd like to know what you want to rec. So feel free to leave a comment suggesting a topic, whether or not you have poetry recs.
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Thanks so much to everyone who left recs on the women of color theme post! We've got quite a range of recs, and I'll leave that post open so feel free to add some more recs in the comments. You can see the general guidelines for leaving recs on that post, but now it's time for the second theme, which is...

Sexuality! Again, this is a broad category, so feel free to interpret however you like. You can rec non-fiction books about any aspect of sexuality, you can rec sex-positive memoirs by awesome women, you can rec erotic fiction and poetry, you can rec books about feminist takes on sexuality, books that look at sexuality from a queer or trans perspective, etc etc. Any questions, feel free to ask for clarification in comments.
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Along with the review fest mentioned in the last post, we're doing a themed recs fest for [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw. Whether or not you have any new books to review, please feel free to join us in these theme posts by commenting with some books you have to recommend that fit the theme. You can rec as many or as few books as you like, and provide as much or as little information as you like. You can also make recs and then write a detailed review of some of your choices in a separate post if you find yourself getting wordy. If you just want to make a list, that's fine, too! I will compile a list of the books recommended for each theme in the post body, and then at the end of the fest I will post a master list.

So! The first theme is... (drumroll please)... women of color! We're starting with a very broad theme in hopes that lots of you will be able to come up with some recommendations--you can recommend fiction, non-fiction, or poetry written by women of color, fiction where women of color are central characters, non-fiction about women of color, whatever you think fits. If you're not writing anything about the recs but just doing a list, please do note whether books are fiction or non-fiction.

Comments are open, rec to your heart's content!
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Today kicks off [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw, and thus our review fest here at [community profile] feminist50! There aren't any specific rules or goals for the review fest: this is just an opportunity to get some content up on the comm and for all of us to challenge ourselves to read feminist, woman-centric, and woman-positive books. You choose what you read, you decide when to post a review. The only rule is that when you post a review for the fest, it needs to stay on DW only for three weeks.

Follow the usual guidelines for reviews found in the community FAQ, but please tag your review fest entries "three weeks for dreamwidth" and "review fest."

I'll be tagging entries on this community as usual, but using those tags signals your intent to keep the content on DW for three weeks, making it eligible for the fest. Thanks and I look forward to reading your reviews!
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The [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw fest begins April 26th, which is also when we'll start our review fest here at [community profile] feminist50. This post is the place to post your goals and plans for the fest! Remember, you can review books you've read recently or plan to read new books, but you can start reading any time. I checked in with the three weeks project mod and there is no actual end date for the fest; the only requirement is that the content (your reviews) only be posted to DW for three weeks from the post date. So you're more than welcome to set some reading goals for the next few weeks, six weeks, few months, whatever fits in well with your reading speed and what you'd like to read. Post your goals in a comment here and be sure to check back at this post to cheer on your fellow readers! The themed rec fest will also start April 26, so if you don't have time to read new books, don't worry, you'll also have a way to participate!
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So! Things were pretty even in the poll between wanting a review fest and a themed book recs fest, and I see no reason why we can't do both. The review fest will give folks a chance to read the books they've had lying around or on their "to read" lists, while the recs fest gives those who don't have time to read something new (or those who want to do both!) a way to participate.

Here's how it will work:

I'll go ahead and open a post up soon for the review fest where you can set a goal for yourself in comments. You don't have to set a goal, but I always find that concrete goals are a good way to remind myself to participate in a challenge. It could be as simple as "read one book relevant to this community" or as specific as you want to make it. For example, I'm going to challenge myself to re-read one of my favorite feminist books so that I can write a review, and also to read a book of poetry by a female poet that I keep meaning to look through. You can start reading anytime you want, but reviews should be posted in this community starting April 26. You're also welcome to review books that you've already read if it was recently enough for you to write a review.

For the themed book recs fest, starting April 26 I'll be making posts to the community with a topic, say, "books by women of color." All you have to do to participate is comment with one or more book titles and authors. You can include a sentence or a few about why you're recommending the book, but you don't have to. I'll be live-updating the recs posts with your recs and I'll also post a master list at the end of the fest. I'll also make a theme suggestions post (the reason I'm not suggesting that you do your own theme posts is simply that it makes it easier for me to be the one doing the live-updating; I'll credit any suggested themes to the suggester).

I'll be linking to these fests in the [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw comm. Remember that if you post a review or leave a recs list in the comm it needs to stay on DW for three weeks after you post. You're welcome to crosspost in your personal DW, just don't re-post on another journaling system or blog for three weeks.

I'm looking forward to it!
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I'd love to have this community participate in the Three Weeks for Dreamwidth content-creation event that starts late this month, and I'm wondering what type of participation y'all might enjoy. There's a poll below with some ideas I have, but feel free to suggest your own!

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 11

Which method of participating in Three Weeks for DW would you prefer?

Everyone read the same book and discuss it
3 (27.3%)

Competition for who can read and review the most books in 3 weeks
0 (0.0%)

Non-competitive review fest
8 (72.7%)

Themed book recs fest
10 (90.9%)

An awesome idea I'll explain in comments
0 (0.0%)



Explanations for items 3 and 4: By non-competitive review fest, I'm envisioning something where we basically just try our best to read feminist and women-centric/women-friendly books during the Three Weeks for Dreamwidth period and review them here. There wouldn't be a commitment, but folks could post goals (like "review one book a week" or "read X book I've been meaning to forever") and get support as they read. By a themed book recs fest, I mean something where I'd put up posts for different topics (say "books by women of color," "sci fi with strong female characters," etc) and everyone would be encouraged to suggest some titles and authors. This would go into a master list to be posted at the end of the three-week period. (I'm also planning on a master list of recs for the whole community, so this would get that started).
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Read this book.

No, really. Read this book.

Smith's book, Conquest, is a fabulously accessible, comprehensive without being unwieldy, volume about the treatment of Native American women by individuals and especially by the state. She covers a number of topics and combines disciplines without it having too stuff an academic feel. I enjoy this book as an academic, but you don't have to be one to read it. She does a great job, too, of highlighting a lot of points I hadn't considered.

Some examples )
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To kick things off, I thought I would rec a few books that I consider a good introduction to third wave feminism:

Jennifer Baumgardner & Amy Richards, Manifesta: This would probably be my top recommendation in this category for adult women. It's a little wordy for teens, but it's accessible and good for those who know about some feminist issues, but want to delve deeper.

Megan Seely, Fight Like a Girl: This book is a little broader, and my top recommendation for young readers. The text is accessible, but it doesn't talk down like some books geared at teens and young adults do, and it's not cutesy. It's also activism-centered, which I put in the plus column.

BITCHfest: This is another great overview, with a pop culture/media focus. It's an anthology done by the editors of BITCH magazine, and I think it has a nice broad coverage of topics within the general realm of feminist pop culture critique.

Inga Muscio, Cunt: There's a lot that Muscio says and I violently disagree with, but I think this is a very accessible book for newbies to feminism. Along with a strong narrative voice, it does a good job in linking different issues, which is what the third wave is about, and the back has a great resource section. On the downside, because it is one woman's opinion and it's not meant to be academic, there are areas where I get the feeling a little research might prove her wrong. Still, a good and provocative read overall.

Welcome!

Feb. 12th, 2010 12:15 am
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