It’s been almost a year to the day I started blogging. I know, for you it feels longer. It started as a general anger at the ‘women of 2011’ article that included a panda and then became a place for me to discuss other feminist issues that rattled my cage and the feminist conversations I am having with my niece. From then on, it has continued and I am actually a bit proud that I’ve managed to keep it going. Also, surprised that you’re still reading. To be honest, the more I think about it, this is all just an ego trip for me to ‘refresh’ the stats page to see how many people are reading and find a cheaper alternative to counselling or anger management classes. Thanks for making those dreams come true.
So what’s 2012 been like to blog? It’s been frustratingly, painfully, gob-smackingly, phenomenally…inspiring. Yeah, lots to untangle there.
The frustrating/painful bits:
- In Scotland, domestic abuse statistics rose by 7%
- The US elections tried to redefine rape and explain to us a biological phenomenon no one had heard of.
- A woman’s choice was, again, put in danger
- Hollywood continued to misrepresent women
- Rape jokes were funny (Edinburgh festival) and then funnier (courtesy of Virgin Media) and then funnier still (Courtesy of FHM)
- The Assange case showed us that there is a sliding scale of justice on the left. (read also fab post: by Edinburgh Eye)
- George Galloway. Just him. That’s it. Too angry to explain.
- We cared more about what women leaders wore than what they thought
- Women continued to be disproportionately hit by the austerity measures of the coalition
- Caitlin Moran’s understanding of feminism was well, narrow. And then she stuck her foot (or perhaps heels) in it again.
- Victim blaming and fictitious biology came to a US court room.
…And someone told me we had equality. Shut it.
The inspiring bit:
- Miss Representation got 81,000 sign ups and managed to get magazines to listen!
- The Women’s Room UK was created to help media find the amazing amount of knowledge and experience that women across the UK have
- The Everyday Sexism project began, reminding us just how common sexism is
- A UK wide campaign to end Page 3 began and might just do it!
- A young women feminist army took over Twitter (just search #tyfa)
- In Scotland, we (finally) shifted our focus to the perpetrator
- Hollaback! Started and got people reporting street harassment
So whilst sexism is still (unfortunately) alive, we will overcome it, because despite what they tell you, Feminism isn’t dead.
BRING ON A FEMINISM FILLED YEAR AHEAD.
I’ll see you in 2013. Bring your placard.
P.S There will be frustrating or inspiring bits of 2012 that I’ve missed out (you see, the frustrating bits were getting me really very depressed) but comment below or email/tweet me and I will add them! Ta!