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A Room of Our Own: A Feminist/ Womanist Network was founded to combat cultural femicide; a term coined by feminist activist and writer Bidisha to define the erasure of women from politics, art, literature and history. We are a trans-inclusive, women-only network for women who self-define as feminists or womanists.
That is the only criteria we have for membership: that you self-define as a feminist or a womanist. It doesn’t matter what you blog about – whether it be hockey, parenting, donuts, books, film, or cakes or feminist theory – as long as you are a feminist or a womanist, you are welcome in our network.
We expect that members will have fundamentally different definitions of feminism and womanism. We believe these differences are worth exploring, debating and celebrating. Feminism and womanism are political theories but they are also deeply personal. We need a space to acknowledge both realities to ensure that all women are heard.
Our network is open to new blogs as well as those which haven’t been updated in a while (or even years!) We include traditional ‘blogs’ as created on Blogger or WordPress, as well as Tumblr, Facebook pages, YouTube channels etc. We also want to share more than the written work so whilst we welcome personal diaries, poetry, and feminist analysis, we also welcome art, poetry, crafts, photography, video and any other medium of expression which can be posted online. All of our bloggers are listed according to categories that they blog about with topics covering art history, bereavement, infertility, faith, disablism, science, male violence, reproductive justice and women’s history.
We are currently cross-posting women’s writings blogs, poetry and art but we also welcome new submissions to the site. Each day we feature a new post by a member of our network. We also tweet out links to any blogs or articles written by women that our followers share with us.
We’re only a month old but we have already expanded our website to feature petitions and are contemplating running a monthly book club to support the #ReadWomen2014 campaign. Future plans include a week long special sharing women’s writings on domestic violence and romantic love in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day. We will be publishing personal stories, poetry, theory, research and reviews of books and films. We’re also starting to collect posts to celebrate Women’s History Month with a goal of a new post being published everyday. We have a lot of other plans for the next 12 months!
If you’d like to join our network, just get in touch here.