Feminist top Fives 2012

femlobby 2012 029Having made it – at least temporarily – into a top 100 list of independent tweeting bloggers and a top fifteen (top 100 here – http://goo.gl/yZO4h , top 15 here – http://goo.gl/eeibq – I did learn how to use a link shortener this year but still don’t know how to html words to get you there!) I thought I should post something.

There is a lot of injustice going on very close to me that I want to talk about at the moment and sadly can’t, so instead I thought I would have a go at doing my own end of year round-up. I’ve seen a fair few general political ones so I thought I would go for a feminist one. Please link to any oversights and additions by commenting below and I will add/link. The order is arbitrary. I’ve gone for five blogs, five feminist tweeters who as far as I am aware don’t blog – again, please comment to let me know if wrong or of any additions – and five events.

Top 5 blogs

1) Sarah Graham (@SarahGraham7 – formerly petitefeministe I think)

Blog here: http://sarah-graham.co.uk/author/petitefeministe/ (there is a Tumblr too)

Public twitter here: https://twitter.com/SarahGraham7

Sarah links to a lot of interesting blogs with retweets and feeds through to various feminist takes on issues in the media in her twitter feed. She is studying journalism and has written some good stuff on Leveson and media sexism.

2) Black Feminists (@BlackFems)

Blog here: http://blackfeminists.org/blog/

Twitter here: https://twitter.com/blackfems

Various authors. Key blog in pointing towards unchecked privilege in mainstream feminist media, from unpicking Guardian articles featuring exclusive images and comments from white liberal feminists, to providing a leading critical voice to point towards intersectional class/ethnicity issues during Morangate.

3) The F word (@thefwordUK)

Blog here: http://www.thefword.org.uk/blog/

Twitter here: https://twitter.com/thefworduk

Best round up. Lots of guest writers, always on top of the week’s issues. Very good at amplifying different voices. Have done some great work this year in terms of networking different feminists together, which I think was powered by Phillipa (@incurablehippie)

4) Prymface (@prymface)

Blog here: http://prymface.yolasite.com/blog.php

Twitter here: https://twitter.com/prymface

Dynamic voice for young mothers – her work this year has included the weekly youngmumschat sessions on twitter, campaigning for young mothers in education on issues like the funding cuts, and general advocacy work. Inspirational.

5) Cath Elliott (@cathelliott)

Blog here: http://toomuchtosayformyself.com/

Twitter here: https://twitter.com/CathElliott

“Outspoken” trades unionist and campaigner against violence against women. I don’t agree with all of Cath’s views – in particular her stance on making prostitution illegal – but she provides a strong media presence for powerful, well reasoned, feminist, trades unionist arguments.

Top 5 twitters

1) Shan Kilby (@shankilby)

Anti-VAWG activist. Links to all the things lots of people probably would rather not read about. She is awesome.

2) The Astell Project (@astellproject)
Educational activists who want women and gender studies introduced into schools. As a mother of a child who had already knew her favourite colour was pink at the age of 2, I don’t think it can come soon enough.

3) Chitra Nagarajan (@Chitranagarajan)

Socialist feminist. Director of Southall Black Sisters. Highlights international VAWG issues as well as providing a strong critical voice on the need to recognise intersectionality in mainstream feminism.

4) Women’s networking hub (@drivingequality)

Do a lot of work in connecting and amplifying feminist voices in the midlands. Have recently been influential in calling for the Nobel Prize for Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education. Have also launched Shelve It, a campaign encouraging activists to rate newsagents for display of sexist imagery.

5) Zenscara (@zenscara)

Feminist trades unionist, who does a lot of work highlighting the growing issue of casualisation in education. Gets told she how young and small she is a lot, apparently, which says a lot about what we need to do in trades unions to open them up to women activists.


Top five events

I’m going to brave some youtube clips here so here’s hoping that the links work!

1) Pragna Patel speaks on the impact the cuts are having on the most vulnerable at UK Uncut Refuge from the Cuts:
Pragna Patel is the best speaker ever



2) Fem Lobby: UK feminista feminist lobby of parliament

Those of you who are familiar with my ongoing “relationship” with my MP Chris Kelly may be unsurprised to hear that I didn’t get to meet him at the lobby. Watch the video to see why I wanted to.



3) Reclaim the night, Delhi

After the slutwalk movement of the last couple of years, we are facing ongoing battles against sexual assault survivor blaming both nationally and internationally. Here thousands of students, teachers and activists take back the streets of Delhi following the horrific events of the last month



4) Malala Yousafzai shot

The teenage activist and campaigner for female education was shot by the Taliban earlier this year. This footage shows her explaining why she risks her life:



5) March for a Future that Works

As we approach the third year of coalition rule, austerity Britain continues to take from the most disempowered within society to enhance the wealth for the few, with cuts falling disproportionately on women in terms of cuts to jobs and services, and retroactive ideological moves to put women’s bodily autonomy up for debate. Women now form the majority of trades union members, with the first General Secretary Elect Frances O’Grady about to take the lead. In October trades unionists marched on parliament to demand a better future, but can we recognise our power and act collectively to stop the all out assault on workers, the poor, women and minorities? Let’s hope so.




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