Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Featured in The Guardian...this bitch!

This bitch was just cruising through my site meter to see who is visiting and where the hell they came from, when a curious link appeared. It was a referral from The Guardian…and the Technology section to be specific.

Oh my!

This bitch just had to click over, because my ass being featured in association with any type of technology was a must see. As my system slowly meandered over a bitch had a sudden wave of fear.

What if they have linked to this bitch as an example of a technologically challenged blogger! Oh, the horror! What bullshit! A bitch might have to book a flight ...or dial long distance...and go tell those Guardian people to kiss my black...

Before a bitch could even start cursing The Guardian and all associated with it to the eternal fires of hell, the page loaded and relieved my fears.

This bitch is featured in an article about Feminist bloggers!

Cool.

Whew (wink).

For the record, a bitch is broke and only getting more broke. Educated? Why the hell do you think a bitch is broke?

Shit.

Anyhoo, a bitch is beyond flattered to be featured anywhere with writers like those at Salon.com’s Broadsheet, Bitch PhD, Feministing, the F-Word, Philobiblion, MindtheGapCardiff and Gendergeek.

Seriously beyond flattered.

The article, among other things, delves into the question of whether our blogs inspire activism or are simply a place to flex.

Now, this bitch knows that my ass is always talking about my volunteer work and so forth. But my ass would love to hear from y’all about what you are doing on a grassroots level specific to social change and feminism and whether blogs serve as an inspiration, informational resource or just entertainment.

Although the article is specifically about feminism…and this bitch is all anxious to hear what y’all are up to on that topic…please feel free to include comments about all manner of activism.

And to my feminist sisters featured in The Guardian article, y’all inspire the hell out of this bitch. And a bitch, in turn, seeks to inspire others on and offline. Your writings are a constant source of fuel, they get me off my ass on the days when a bitch just doesn’t feel like it and they educate me daily!

So, one woman is inspired to get active through feminist blogs…and one empowered AngryBlackBitch can get all manner of shit accomplished!

Toodles…

19 comments:

monkey said...

my list feels inadequate, because i know my time is just as valuable as the ol' mighty dollar... so i am inspired to choose an organization to volunteer at.
slow, but steady support for the following;
aclu member-compose letters to reps often
moveon.org-same deal, + a lot of petition signing
human rights campaign-member
s.f. tenant's union-member
s.f. housing rights comm-member
supporter of the oglala sioux tribe- south dakota (building a clinic, "sacred choices", on the reservation. they can use more support (and for the domestic voilence shelter as well)...
i work in the non-profit sector with differently-abled adults. i feel inspired every day.
shark-fu, keep bringin' the good stuff home.

Anonymous said...

ABB, I discovered yor blog site from salon.com. Since that day, I have been hooked. I wish there are a lot of women like you.
Sister from Africa

CP said...

You do what you do and you do it well. A Princess is always inspired by what a Bitch has to offer up. The passion you have for women and women's rights should never remain a secret, doll. Not enough women speak out. Not enough of us speak out on behalf of those who have lost their voice. If not for women like you, I would have been just another statistic a long time ago. Now, I join you in your stance and in the good fight.

Keep on keepin' on.

CP.

Homer said...

Oh ABB, you are a sassy and fine woman.

Oso Raro said...

¡Felicidades, mamita! You wouldn't believe how many children ask me, "Who is that ABB? She is sassy!" Well, what can I say? Ms. Girl, if ya got it, flaunt it!

MoJo said...

I work in the labor, peace and social justice community. I am a founding member of SE Michigan Jobs with Justice, an elected member of my union (Detroit Typographical Union Local 18, Detroit's oldest union), a member of Peace Action, Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, Michigan ACLU, MARAL, the Michigan Labor History Society, the Detroit IWW, Metro Detroit Labor Party, Michigan Women In Black. I like to stage musical events to raise money, raise awareness and have fun.

I was in the middle of a labor dispute for four years, and found my talent is for hell raising, in a peaceful manner of course.

I list none of these to show off, but to express my deep belief that the engaged life is the well lived life. I have a great good time. My circle is peopled by women in their 70's, 80's and 90's, all in great health, all attribute it to keeping themselves in the middle of the world. They are my heroes, and if I ever grow up (and I've given it just short of 50 years so far) I want to be like them.

I deeply admire a bitch for her excellent writing skills, anger, joy and passion. I got here through Salon.

gronce said...

You do inspire me. You remind me that I have a responsibility to live a life that doesn't insult my gender.

I do only a little volunteer work. I stock the shelves at a pantry that gives free groceries on Saturday mornings - completely unglamorous grunt work. But no one wants to do that, so I take it on.

You let me know that I am not alone, that I am not the only person in the country looking around wondering where all the protesters are, why more people aren't pissed off about our government.

You're awesome, and I'm glad that I found your blog.

Eric said...

Feminist activist or not, what you do to me is inspire me to think about things. Hard. From all angles. And then to use my emotional response to that to be active. And I love that and thank you for it.

Hammer said...

Puritan is:

(1) A card-carrying member of NOW

(2) A gay rights activist/HRC volunteer

(3) An anti-Free Trade/ pro-Fair trade activist (CAFTA, NAFTA, AFTA, WTO, FTAA, etc. etc. etc.)

(4) Peace activist

(5) Animal rights activist

(6) Food Not Bombs activist

(7) SOA-watch activist

(8) self-described Goldmanian anarchofeminist

(9) a PROUD member of the United Church of Bitchitude and Latter Day Drunks

ABB, you know you inspire the good in people (by being so 'bad'). If you wanted the responsibility, you could create a powerful movement (in some ways you already have, but we can talk about that at 'church').

You're great.

Can't wait to see you this weekend!

Hammer

birdnesthead said...

I also found ABB through salon.com. I enjoy reading your blog and other left leaning literature. It helps me feel supported in my beliefs and even if I'm surrounded by people who say they are not feminists and who are intolerant of people who are different from them, I know that I'm not alone. I also find it intellectually stimulating!

As for volunteer work, this month I start escorting patients at a local women's health clinic where abortions are performed. That will be a real challenge for me - namely to keep myself from seriously cussing those protesters out.

I've volunteered at NARAL before, but not recently. I donate and participate in fundraisers for a group called Angels Arms. They pay for 2-3 homes in the St. Louis area for foster kids, particularly siblings so they won't be separated. They receive no funding from United Way or the government.

In '04 I did work for the Kerry campaign through a group whose name escapes me. I'll probably do more of that when the time comes.

I would like to do more but am not the most energized person I know. Oh, yes, I do sign those web petitions and send letters to my representative as well as letters to the editors (had one published about a month ago).

and of course, I'm always preaching to the converted!

Shark-fu said...

Thanks so much for sharing all of the fantabulous work y'all are doing.

Seems to me that activists and blogs go hand in hand. We all need a place to share the ups and downs of the struggle, but we are clearly hitting the streets with our values all over the world!

Great stuff!

Theresa Z said...

I've always thought you brilliant, I'm glad the world is catching up to my thought process.

Women bloggers have been deemed "hysterical" or "hormonal" but rarely do they get acknowledged for their sassy commentary.

I link to you because I want my young nieces and their friends to see just how powerful words can be when doused with humor, rage or whatever it takes to bring a post to fruition.

Keep on keeping on with the "good fight"! Kudos.

tracie said...

I don't have much time to volunteer since my little one has arrived, but I work at a university. There are too many students who still have racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. beliefs. I hope that I can challenge those beliefs and that they can think critically about issues and beliefs.

It's Me, Maven... said...

Congratulations on your recognition!!

Hattie said...

League of Women Voters: big issues: Sunshine Laws, paper trail voting.
American Association of University Women: scholarships for local women, sexual discrimination suits.
We mostly middle class & white & need a more diverse membership.
This is the politics that works for me and where I can get results.

BarefootCajun said...

I'll be working at Planned Parenthood next Tuesday night for volunteer night. Two duffuses in our state legislature have decided we need to make abortion illegal and I'm not going to stand by and let them do that.

I'm also planning to march with them at the capital on Wednesday.

schlecht said...

Congratulations, ABB. Now you're famous across the pond.

Ancrene Wiseass said...

Hooray! Good for you, ABB!

And I agree with you that it's incredibly funny how often people equate fiscal wealth and education. Okay, yes, we have enough "start-up money" and credit to at least keep ourselves in school long enough to get degrees, which is good: some folks don't have that, and we'd do well not to forget it. But . . .

. . . with the rising costs of education, the dwindling governmental support for higher education, the rapidly shrinking amount of grant/fellowship/scholarship/student loan money, unfriendly tax regulations, and so on, the well educated often are not quite the same folks as the well heeled.

'Nough of that, though. Wiseass activism:

1) I am a member of the UAW (because TAs need unions, too), Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the Democratic Party. Despite some serious cash flow issues, I support all those organizations monetarily.
2) I also regularly send a little money to animal rescue groups.
3) I work for a summer program here at Big City U. which is geared specifically to helping prepare lower-income, underrepresented, and first-generation freshmen and transfers adjust to life at a four-year college. And yeah, they pay me, but I VERY happily put in much more work than they pay me for.
4) I am a feminist literary critic, which means that much of my writing is activist, in the sense that it asks people to take gender politics into consideration when reading texts.
5) I am a feminist teacher, which doesn't mean that I try to "indoctrinate" or "brainwash" my students or any of that shit you hear about on conservative AM stations or blogs or whatnot. But it does mean that I ask people to *think* about and re-examine their received notions about how gender works--and to realize that "gender" exists in the first place.
6) More generally speaking, I work very, very hard, as a composition teacher to ensure that students know how to find and speak their own voices, make a cogent argument, and gain access to the language of power we call Standard English. Given how few people in our society know how to speak up and stand up for themselves and their interests in these ways, I'd say I'm working to make a pretty significant change.
7) I am a feminist blogger. And, pace the talking head from that Guardian piece, writing about gender politics from a feminist perspective in a public, accessible, reasonable, firm-yet-generally-friendly fashion is activist work in and of itself. Because our voices need to get heard a lot more than they usually do, and blogs are one of the best ways I know of to make that happen.

So there.

Anonymous said...

I am very happy your getting the recognition you deserve!
love from ty