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Feminism 2.0

Web 2.0 and Radical Feminism… Could it ever be possible to confuse the two? to mistake one for the other? or to just blend them together into one meaning, integrating and exchanging the terms synonymously? A noun, (the definition reads), founded on the principles of collaboration, sharing, collectivity, integration, generosity and trust. Ideal for fostering the empowerment of women and the (r)evolutionary ideals of respect, equity and efficacy for all…

How exciting that such is the reality of the new media tools available through Web 2.0! By its very nature, the creative, engaging and participatory characteristics of these resources are inherently feminist. They not only provide an accessible and effective means for women to effect social transformation of causes important to them, but through their very usage and involvement with this prolific medium, men and youth are being taught theses values as well.

For women users of web-technology, the significance of this is multiplied. By becoming active participants and creators of web-based information and action, they are recognized and honored in new ways when their unique experiences, wisdom and perspectives are reflected in their individual voices. Finally, there exists a social justice forum where all persons can be heard, all cries can be intoned and all calls can be articulated, regardless of sex, class, race, education or other previously divisive factor.

Additionally, the generous quality of Web 2.0 allows for the expansion of personal capacity and power. The fluid and free offering and exchange of ideas, solutions, actions and support presents each one of us with the opportunity to grow and act together with greater collective strength and intelligence than ever before.

It is this promise that so draws me, a feminist and activist devoted to authentic face-to-face connection and partnership, into the province of on-line activism. In no other way can I hear as many wise women, can I share in the struggles and successes of so many sisters, near and far, and can I be a member of a matrilineal community that is instrumental in today’s movement building… changing the way all of us, women and men alike, think and live our lives.

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Maggs's picture

Your love for word shows in

Your love for word shows in your writing. Indeed we are on the threshold of greater and deserved empowerment of woman.

maggs

fem4femmes's picture

Linking Arms...

Maggs-

Thank you! Your own words call to a piece of my soul and I look forward to your next entry!

I am so excited and blessed to be standing at this threshold, not alone, but with the magnitude of amazing and inspiring women across the globe! Thank you for standing here with me! Linked arm in arm our strength will be even greater!

marissa

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

AchiengNas's picture

YES!!

You are right Marissa!
Women stand out/up for fellow women using Web 2.0. I am a changed life because of Web 2.0, my family is slowly but surely breaking through because of this.
Solutions are running through every voice herein. I can assure you that if anyone is frustrated and someone [you and I] tip them about the Web 2.0 and especially World Pulse, You/I will have relieved not only her but her family, her community and nation. Lets inform everyone that Web 2.0 is a way to go for Radical Feminism/ woman2woman solutions.

Thank you for sharing this,

Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

fem4femmes's picture

Spreading the News!!!

I am sharing World Pulse and the potential of Web 2.0 with every woman I know, and each interaction I have with you and the other women on here makes me more and more enthusiastic!!

Raising our voices together...

marissa

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

Monica Clarke's picture

African Feminism

Dear Marissa, thank you for speaking up and speaking out.

I was born in 1944 in South Africa, 4 years before Apartheid started, so Apartheid is all I knew. And Apartheid is all all that our black brothers of my age knew too. They had been been stripped of their humanity and masculinity by the apartheid system, so they walk forth today trying to reclaim their lost manhood through acts of rape and domestic violence.

In colonial Africa our feminism is based on a misplaced sympathy for our men and our culture and this has kept us women in our place: always considering our men first, sensitive to their unreasonable fears in the presence of any woman who gives off the slightest whiff of feminist responses to their masculinity, because they have a misplaced personal conviction that they need personally to equalise the injustices of an unequal society - a residue of colonialisiation. But their feelings of inferiority also eminate from cultural suspicion and unemployment, non-education and social depression - a global problem.

I've spent my life playing down my education and strength in the presence of men, for fear of adding to their sense of immasculation. And many of our women of my age in the old colonies would say the same thing, for our men were not permitted to develop to their full. So what chance did we as women stand in the shadows of our men?

Only now do I understand what it means when Madiba (Nelson Mandela) said, "There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you."

Voilà! We older African women have at last come out of the shadows into the sunshine, but for many of us it is a very slow process. We are grateful for the support and understanding of you young'uns.

Love from Monica in France

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

fem4femmes's picture

Not such a long way...

Monica-

I wish that I could say that your experiences are farther away for me... That over time, and because of the valiant efforts of so many amazing women before me, experiences for women have changed... Unfortunately, too much still rings true, even decades later!

I too, along with so many other smart women of my generation and the smart young girls becoming women today, have felt the need to minimize and dismiss my/our own intelligence, experience and strength... Somehow understanding, without anyone needing to explain, that these characteristics intimidate men, make them wary of me/us, make me/us less desirable as women and as partners...

And even our women's movements integrate this idea! In the U.S. in recent years there has been a huge focus on men as the 'missing' component in the movement to end violence against women. Clearly, as the perpetrators of most of this violence, men's behavioral change must be part of the shifting... However, what has happened is that men are now filling the positions of organizational leadership (so we women aren't seen as being 'man-hating femi-nazis'!), they are being wooed and flattered by women's rights organizations as 'the heroes' (when truly supportive men are just doing what humans should be doing for each other anyway), they are being asked to step out front and be 'the voice' (because, somehow their voice still carries more credence)...

I consider myself so blessed to have found the community of World Pulse, where the idea is first women-for-women, and then those fabulous men who want to echo what we are saying, not tell us what to say!

Thank you, Monica, for the Madiba quote!! It is now written across my mirror, to remind me of the preciousness of my own value...

Happy blessings to you today!

marissa

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

Monica Clarke's picture

I LIKE ' fabulous men who

I LIKE ' fabulous men who want to echo what we are saying, not tell us what to say!'

Yes, but where does one find them?

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

fem4femmes's picture

Few but oh, so wonderful!

I have finally found one of these fabulous men I am lucky enough to call partner, in the most equitable sense of the word!

And found him organically, just down the street! - It is true they are too few, but we as mothers are changing that for our own sons and their partners and children, aren't we!

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

Jessica Carmen's picture

We

I really enjoyed your description of how media tools can "effect social transformation" that touches all lives...men, children, women. As your writing explains, empowering women empowers humanity and has the ability to change the way both men and women live their lives. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas!

fem4femmes's picture

GOALLLLLLLLL!!

I LOVE that phrase, "empowering women, empowers humanity", and I am always happy to be reminded of the ultimate goal in that way!

Yes!!! That is what I want! What every woman I know wants!! We want a stronger, healthier humanity that embraces each of us (woman, man, child) as valuable and worthy and valued.

Hope you have known each of those today!

With joy and determination,

marissa

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

Theresa Ann's picture

Feminism 2.0

Amazing work - you really get to the heart of what Web 2.0 can do for feminists. Diversifying voices is what so many of our foremothers in feminist and women's movements were after. Your vision for how this can be used for change really comes through here.

I look forward to hearing more from you!

Theresa

fem4femmes's picture

Gratitude 2.0

Theresa-

Thank you for your kind appreciation and encouragement! As one who has always known that words were the best way for me to express myself, I have also always been hesitant about how those words would be received... It is amazing to have found a forum such as WorldPulse, for my initial forays into 'speaking'! The experience has been one of such warmth and safety! I look forward to more, and more ways in which gentle challenges can improve the strength and impact of my voice!

Light and laughter,

marissa

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

lina_hr's picture

Voice of Our Future

Hello!

Deeply descriptive writing and rich thoughts. I congratulate you for your spirit. I would highly advice if you can share a personal practical experience or a little story of your experience with the web 2.0.

Wish you great activism experiences!

Peace and love,

Lina
Voices of Our Future Volunteer

fem4femmes's picture

Thanksgiving...

Lina-

Giving thanks for your warm encouragement and appreciation! I have offered my personal story for the second week's assignment and would be pleased to share it with you and hear your feedback! It is found at:

http://worldpulse.com/node/44288

Much joy and gratitude to you today!

marissa

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

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