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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.

Magpie roosts in Portland, Oregon, where she annoys her housemates (as well as her cats Medea, Whiskers, and Jane Doe) by attempting to play Irish music on the fiddle and concertina.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Carnival of Feminists 10.

March 8th is International Women's Day, which makes it an especially auspicious time for the newest Carnival of Feminists — the 10th! — to appear. You can read all of its feminist bloggy goodness over here at indianwriting. If you haven't caught the Carnival before, it's a roundup of the best feminist posts from around the web, appearing twice a month.

Like the preceding carnivals, the posts in the 10th edition go all over the place. This time, I've chosen to sample the section on 'The Struggle':

Redneck Mother on Rwandan widows.
"One woman interviewed had two small children to raise alone after her husband killed himself. I think of J raising seven, and the only less-than-enthusiastic phrase in her short note to me: "I live a hard life, but I am patient." I hope her patience and hard work are rewarded with social stability and justice. I wonder what it will take for her country to get there."

*****

Sandy Piderit at Management Professor Notes on working women stretched to the limit, and specifically, the NYT's not-so-great track record regardings workplace treands in women's participation.

*****

And Bitch PhD on why we probably need a 36-hour day.

*****

On a report about a council scheme setting up "panic rooms" in private homes to protect women from abusive partners, The Bumblebee Blog has this to say:

"The best way to save money help women is to stop them getting beaten up in the first place.... Encouraging women to hide from their abusers is not the answer — taking a stand against those who are doing wrong should be the main course of action. Treat the problem at its root.

What would you rather: knowing that you were safe to go about your life, or knowing that one of your bedrooms has been turned into a prison cell for you to hide in whenever a known danger appears?"

Sound thinking, wouldn't you say, especially when Poppycock quotes the Amnesty International figures for domestic violence:
  • One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime.

  • On average, two women per week are killed by a male partner or former partner.

  • Nearly half of all female murder victims are killed by a partner or ex-partner.

  • The British Crime Survey estimates that approximately three-quarters of a million women (754,000) have been raped on at least one occasion since age 16.

  • One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute.

*****

From Sthreeling, "The Common Thread" that binds women in India:

"Education hasnt made our lives safer or happier — it may at best have helped us be more aware of our rights and of their constant violation, giving our anger a clearer direction. but for the most part, we lead surprisingly similar lives... so its important that we keep reaching out to each other and not let society drive a wedge between us and other women, telling us how little we have in common because one is "Educated" and the other isn't..."

You can read the rest of the 10th Carnival if you go here.

The 11th Carnival is coming up on Wednesday, March 22nd, and it will be hosted by Angry for a Reason. The themes are international feminism and radical feminism. If you want to nominate a post — and it's definitely okay to nominate one of your own — send the nomination to union_clown AT yahoo DOT com. Or, if you prefer, you can use this submission form at the Blog Carnival home page.

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

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