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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Calling All the Feminists!

Hannah from Paperback Treasures, Jessica from Fly to Fiction, and I decided that we want to start a feminist book blog. We all have our own book blogs but this will be focused on discussing feminist (or not so feminist) aspects of a book. 
The problem is, though, that we don't want to do this alone. Considering we all already have our regular book blogs, we don't have time to start another blog by ourselves. That's where you (the hypothetical feminist bookish person I'm talking to) come in. We are hoping to get more people to join us so that each of us could post maybe once a week, making this a not-too-big time commitment.
The plan is for this to be a blog where we can discuss the books we read from a feminist point of view. All three of us read mainly YA, but it doesn't matter what genre(s) you read - any genres could be reviewed on this blog, and it would very beneficial to have someone who reads and writes about other genres. These posts won't be full reviews (since we'll still be writing those on our regular blogs); we were just going to focus on the feminist critique. That would mean writing about the portrayal of gender and gender relations, and also about the diversity of the characters (i.e. are there any characters who are LGBTQ+? is there any racial diversity? and are these characters portrayed realistically and respectfully?), and anything else related to social activism. "Feminist critiques" makes it sound really formal, but really, this would all be in a very informal, laid-back style.We'd also like to use this blog to discuss articles on the Internet relating to books and issues of gender or diversity.

That's pretty much all we know so far - now we're just looking for people who would be willing to contribute! Like I said, ideally this would be an each-person-posting-once-a-week type of thing, but of course that depends on how many people we get. And if you would like to contribute but think you couldn't post that often, just let us know and we'll see if we can figure something out. Any contributions would be welcome!

If you're interested in contributing or just hearing more about this, you could contact Hannah at hannah11200(at)hotmail(dot)com, or tweet her at @PbackTreasures, or contact me  at purplebull(at)hotmail(dot)com or tweet me at @purplebull7. Or just leave a comment down below! Also, if you know someone you think might be interested, either point them in the direction of this blog post, or let me know who they are so I can ask them if they'd be interested.

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