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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

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Thursday, January 5, 2006

Carnival of Feminists 6.

It's that time of the month again, and the newest Carnival of Feminists is available for your perusal here at Reappropriate. As usual, this one is just chock-full of feminist linky goodness. If you haven't caught the Carnival before, it's a semi-monthly roundup of the best feminist posts from around the web, appearing on the first and third Wednesday of each month. [Attentive readers will have noticed that we neglected to post about the last Carnival, which came out on December 20th, due to our hiatus. You find Carnival 5 here.]

This time around, Jenn has put together an especially excellent set of posts, even by the high standards of the Carnival. She leads off with a section called 'The Intersection of Race and Gender: Feminism of Colour,' from which we've excerpted the following:

To start things off, Woman of Color Blog eloquently mourns for the invisibility of women of colour when the plight of their male counterparts are repeatedly touted in the national media. She compares the high profile execution of Tookie Williams with the thousands of women of colour whose stories still remain unheard to this day.

In an arena in which women of colour are visible to a fault, blac(k)ademic of black lesbians say what? records her disgust for and argues against the racism of pornography. Interspersed with search terms that have been used to pull up her blog, blac(k)ademic deconstructs the racism of the sexual fantasy that fuels those seeking pornography featuring women of colour.

Speaking of sex and race, it seems that the hypersexualization of women of colour comes with another heavy price. Mad Melancholic Feminista insightfully considers the targeting of African American and Hispanic neighbourhoods with billboards promoting abstinence to be just a "wee bit" racist.

In South Korea, Silverfish cleverly wonders what South Korean feminists have to say about the inescapable overrepresentation of White women in South Korean advertising and toy products. On a related note, over at Egotistical Whining, shannon credits the diversity of her childhood reading -- beyond the usual literary "classics" -- for helping her avoid internalizing white supremacy and female inadequacy.

Meanwhile, erin, over at Hyphen Blog, recounts how she lost a little of that holiday spirit after picking up a David Sedaris holiday collection of short stories only to be confronted by a truly despicable caricature of a Vietnamese whore in one of the stories. Erin explains how she had believed that Sedaris, as a gay man, would be sensitive to issues of stereotyping and caricatures -- turns out facing discrimination and bigotry doesn't prevent you from turning around and giving as good as you got.

There are plenty other links for you to check out in the 6th Carnival if you go over here.

The 7th Carnival is coming up on Wednesday, January 18th, and it will be hosted by Feministe. The general theme is feminism and pop culture. If you want to recommend a post for consideration — you can even recommend one of your own — send it to web[at]feministe[dot]us by midnight on January 15th. Make sure your message has the subject line Carnival of the Feminists.

And if you want to keep posted on what's up with the Carnival in general, bookmark the home page.

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