I love Feministing. As a subscriber to a few American feminist blogs, I’m not always aligned with every post, but I do always love the opportunity to read perspectives on current events and pop culture that look a little further than typical news sites. I’m sure that there is little need to explain the value of these perspectives here. The sad news is that I live in Canada, where the widespread availability of this type of coverage is much harder to find. Vancouver-based blog Gender Focus does a great job of introducing a Canadian perspective to feminist and anti-oppression related ideas, but there is room for so much more. There was also Marigold, but it’s been offline for a few years.
Does anybody in the Feministing community have experience collecting feminist experiences, perspectives and commentaries outside of an American context? What are good examples and resources for making this dialogue more visible and accessible? In addition to this site’s community policies, I have found the Core Values and Comment Policy on Autostraddle to be incredibly thorough and inspirational, as well as the three basic rules for discussing Sensitive Subjects that are listed on the Gay Christian Network’s website.
In a very horse-before-the-cart style, I’ve built an extremely high tech (read: stark and filled with crayon drawings) virtual vision board as a jumping off point for what a Canadian Online Feminist Community could look like, and I would love ideas, feedback or help! What do you love about communities like this? If you aren’t American, what kind of discussions is the international community missing out on because we know so much about American feminism and oppression but can sometimes be less informed within our own culture?
If you have thoughts, ideas or would like to help, I’d love to hear from you! I’ve written a preliminary vision statement, but there is so much that I don’t know, and I’d love to hear about others’ experiences!