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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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Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Hey, look! It's Carnival of Feminists 14!

This one took me by surprise, I have to admit. For some reason I thought it wasn't coming out 'til next Wednesday. Luckily, Magpie's log had some visits that were referred by a website whose URL was only vaguely familiar. When I checked to see who was sending these folks over, lo and behold, there was the 14th Carnival in all of its feminist bloggy glory. And, even more of a surprise, I found my own post on Mother Jones was part of the Carnival. My thanks to whoever nominated it!

So where is the new editions of the Carnival? Right over here. You'll find that Morgaine at Women's Autonomy and Sexual Sovereignty Movements has put together one of the most interesting and wide-ranging Carnivals ever. It starts out looking at Africa and Asia, and then switches over to North America, which is the part I'm choosing to excerpt:

Now, before you start congratulating yourself on being lucky enough to be born in a country where women aren't treated as chattel, consider Bark/Bite's post on the disturbing Christian phenomenon of the Purity Ball. It made my skin crawl even before I grokked the racism it expresses. Not restricted to the auspices of the Radical Right, even Progressives sometimes express A Pathological View of Girl Babies. Holly introduces A Guy from Dorking, who apparently thinks young girls exist to do his cleaning free of charge. On a more positive note, Martin is pleased to see that little girls can play soccer and still wear pink sweaters, though he expresses some doubt as to whether this has any importance in Beer and Football with the Girls. Which do you think he'd prefer - a note when my cousin Chrissy gets her soccer scholarship, or a picture of her playing first base for a boy's baseball league? She's only 13, but I'm pretty sure she could kick Martin's ass

Then there's the effect of Booze, Education, Male Bonding, the Cooties and Rape, which converged tragically in the persons of the Duke LaCrosse team.

There's a ton more, on a variety of subjects, if you go look at the rest of the 14th Carnival over here.

The 15th Carnival is coming up on Wednesday, May 17th, and it will be hosted by Self Portrait As. So far, no theme has been announced. To nominate a post, — and it's definitely okay to nominate one of your own — send your suggestions to holly AT mclo DOT net or use this submission form at the Blog Carnival home page. Posts should be submitted by midnight on Saturday, May 14.

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

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