This blog started out mostly as a place to put those emails, FB posts and first person rants that I seem to need on a regular basis. As in, “Here, idjit, see this post on my blog.” (::whew:: that saved a lot of typing.) In the process of setting it up, however, I figured, well, maybe some other stuff could go here as well. At first, nothing much happened – at all – not even rants! However, some of my fiction has found a home here, as well as my growing interest in conlangs. (Constructed languages – there’s something fascinating about making up a whole new language, its history and the culture of the people who speak it.)
For myself, I am a 60-something lesbian residing with my wife in New England. We are both long time members of the SCA, (medieval re-enactment,) and are currently getting started with The Royal Manticoran Navy (for fans of David Weber’s Honor Harringtion series.) We are both gamers, (video and tabletop.)
I’m hardly the most well read feminist out there, or the great analytical thinker, but, I like to tell stories and stories are important. Shared stories are powerful. It was second wave feminism that taught me this. (And my wife, who keeps reminding me of it.) Third wave feminism, (especially the writing of women of color,) taught me that I could not separate my feminism from my queerness, that differences between me and straight women would mean that, from time to time, we would have to part company while I dealt with queer issues. And vice versa.
I wish I had something good to say about post-modern feminism. Really, I get the idea that there’s something in there, but until they start writing books that are accessible to non-academics, what difference will they make to the “woman on the street”? (caveat: I haven’t been reading as much lately, perhaps they’ve gotten better.) As for the whole ‘post-feminist’ notion, well, “I’ll be post-feminist in the post-patriarchy.”
The name of this blog was inspired by my Unitarian Jihad name, which I gleefully acquired after reading this article by Jon Carroll. It seemed appropriate. (You can get your own Unitarian Jihad name here.)