I just found out today about a raging debate going on over the fine old question of whether a man can be a feminist. Trish Wilson tipped me off to it here. I then went and read the post that sparked the problem: this piece by a Matt Stoller. Amanda at Mousewords then weighed in with her customary fire and zing. (Oh, I could spend a whole post deconstructing my own use of the phrase "weighed in" when talking about gender and the body, but I'll skip it. For now).
Given that I am teaching two sections of women's history at PCC again this fall, I think I need to pull a post together on male feminism and "pro-feminism". Not today, however, as I am due to go run in 96 degree heat by the Rose Bowl soon. Still, Amanda at Mousewords issued an interesting challenge that put me to work at once and I thought I would post on it quickly. She wrote in the post linked above:
Men who blog and want to be feminist have one major obligation--read female bloggers and link to them. My blogroll is 50% female, so why can't they do that?
I count 54 blogs currently on my blogroll. (I haven't added any today since reading Amanda's challenge; I will be adding more soon). Three are "group blogs" (like Cliopatria) that have contributors of both sexes; the other fifty-one are either individual blogs or blogs where all regular contributors are of the same sex. And the count is:
Female blogs: 27
How's that for balance! I also read through many of my old posts, and note that I mention female bloggers more often than I do men... So, fellow bloggers, break down your linkage and report!