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…I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything, and it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything substantial.

I’m not going to post anything substantial in this particular post, but it’s just a heads up to say I’m still alive, I’m still interested in blogging, but I’ve kind of had a bit of writer’s block, as well as stuff like A Level exams and starting Uni and stuff.

I’ve missed blogging, but sometimes I don’t think I can bring anything new or worthwhile to the table. I’ve kind of lost a bit of confidence somewhere along the line, and I don’t think there’s any reason for it. I think it may have more to do with a sense of bad timing. There have been issues I’ve blogged in my mind, but never actually typed up, and it got to the point where I would’ve been too late to come to the party. For example, the recent abortion legislation stuff – I went to a meeting on it in October in the House of Commons, and I went to the protest (my first protest!) – and also, the Russel Brand/Jonathan Ross saga (damn I hate Brand).

The point is, I guess I’m just typing these words up to get me back in the habit of blogging, and I should hopefully continue to keep blogging.

Huzzah!

Although, I am having a bit of trouble with writer’s block. That, and I seem to still be swaying a bit.

However, hopefully, I shall be back writing substantially soon 🙂

My holiday attire. I wore it to the pool, y’know.

I jest. We had to put ’em on for the muster station thing. Actually, it was the most amusing muster station thing I’ve been to, except my parents and I were the only people laughing. Bless the Americans, I don’t think they quite got the Britishesque humour.

 Ah, it’s good to be back 🙂 

Posted on: 2 August, 2007

Going on holiday tomorrow for about 8 days, so…most likely won’t be blogging, which makes me sad.

 However, here’s a little thought…

People sometimes seem shocked or surprised to hear that I don’t shave my legs or what have you. Of course, it is a form of social deviancy, for our social norms and values tell us women should shave their body hair off. But, really…what is so shocking or surprising? It is only natural, after all. It boggles my mind that people are so stunned by someone following a more natural route.

However, I have decided I will not be trying to hide my hair away on holiday or anything like that. I will be lounging around in a bikini with my leg hair glistening in the sun, and if people don’t like it, they can fuck right off. Although my parents are most displeased and have asked me to go and get my legs waxed, to which I respond by screaming “NO!”.

…I am considering a tattoo. I’ve always been more open to the concept of tatts than piercings, ‘cos I’ve always felt they can be more personal.

I’m thinking something like this on my hip or something. I was originally going to have the words: “Sisterhood is Powerful” written around it, but I’ve always been wondering whether to choose any of the following:

“Revolution GRRL Style Now!”

“Viva La Revolution/Revolucion!”

“Feminista!”

Or

“Feminism is the radical notion that women are people”

What do y’all think? Any other suggestions?

Man, I’m tired/bored. 🙂

From: http://www.feminist.org/news/newsbyte/uswire.asp

Study Shows Sexual Harassment Targets Women Who Defy Gender Stereotypes5/25/2007 – A recently published study in the Journal of Applied Psychology finds that sexual harassment targets women who do not conform to gender stereotypes. Jennifer L. Berdahl, a professor at the University of Toronto, studied approximately 550 students and professionals and concluded in her article “The Sexual Harassment of Uppity Women” that women with masculine traits were more likely to be sexually harassed than those with strong feminine personalities.

Traditional views hold that sexual harassment is perpetrated by a male superior against a female subordinate as a result of “natural and inevitable feelings of sexual desire,” Berdahl writes. Her study, however, suggests that in most cases men sexually harass assertive, ambitious, or independent women leaders. A man is not usually physically attracted to the woman he harasses, but instead he wishes to punish her for threatening his masculinity, according to the study. Such behavior constitutes gender harassment, the most common form of sexual harassment.

Berdahl’s study asserts that a woman who demonstrates some masculine personality traits is more likely to experience sexual harassment, even if she also exhibits strong feminine characteristics, than a woman perceived as completely feminine. She writes, “These results highlight the double bind faced by women who are dismissed and disrespected if feminine but scorned and disliked if masculine, limiting their ascent up the organizational ladder.”

Newt In A Teacup has written a post about the Invisible Women of the last century: Magdalene sisters of Ireland, and women in Britain who were thought to be “insane” and put into asylums. It’s interesting, thought-provoking, and shocking.

Michelle links the way to protect abortion rights.

Manchester Police and St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre have teamed up to produce an ad campaign against rape to be televised on local tv in Manchester. So, something positive, but it’s by no means perfect.  

I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. I don’t even know what compelled me to do this.

And, of course, they make you come up with names for things, and I’m just not good at thinking up original/witty/interesting names, especially not on the spot. I just decided to flick through my iPod, and came up with a song by Death In Vegas featuring Liam Gallagher – Scorpio Rising, and thought ha, well I’m a Scorpio! So, yeah, none of the names here actually have any deep meanings. I hope I can bloody change them when I do think of something!
And I’m sorry to ramble on.

I promise you I will write at least some posts which will have a point to them. Even if their purpose is solely to vent or let off steam.

Maybe, if only to give some sense of purpose to this blog post, I shall write a little about myself.
Well, my name is Amy. I wish it wasn’t, and I feel a certain lack of originality in finding another name for myself, even for this thing. *Sigh.* I’m only 17 (about 10 months ’til I can vote!!!) and I’m in lower sixth, doing the following AS levels: German, History, English Language and Sociology. I will most probably drop German at the end of this year because I really, really suck at it.

Like most people I know, I like to listen to music. To put a very, very broad label to the music I listen to, let’s call it alternative. But a lot of it is “old school”, and stolen from my dad. I owe several other traits to my dad: my sense of humour, my ambition and ego, but thankfully, not my nose. I like to go to local gigs – support the local scene! I watch TV too, mainly Scrubs, Friends, Only Fools & Horses, Blackadder, Gilmore Girls and Nevermind The Buzzcocks. I’m not much of a movie buff, I just watch things which entertain me, whether or not they’re any good. I have no way of telling, to be honest.

When I was a kid, I always used to have my head in a book. I would be completely oblivious to the rest of the world, and it was like escapism for me. Then, I kind of didn’t have time for reading. That said, recently I have been picking up the books again. Not so much fictional literature, instead I have been getting into feminist works; Backlash by Susan Faludi, Heartbreak – Political Memoirs of a Feminist Militant by Andrea Dworkin, and Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women & The Rise Of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy. I have some other books which are on my to-read list, mainly books which I received as gifts for Christmas, and a long list of books which I want to get. This is because I’ve found feminism on an intellectual level, and am beginning to learn more and more about it. I like going on feminist blogspots and yahoo groups and hearing about what contemporary feminists believe.

I know that I have only begun to scratch the surface, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. But, wow, what I’ve read, it’s filled me with exhilaration, and an innate desire to help other women, to create a truly equal society no longer ruled by gender. I want to grow, and I believe feminism will help me – and others – grow. I am convinced that feminism is still needed: the battle is not over! I believe that inequalities and attitudes against women are so incredibly subtle, most people do not realise they are there, and this just means it is all the more important that we have feminism.

I don’t believe any of the stereotypical representations of feminism. I don’t believe that to have feminist beliefs means to not have positive relationships with males. I have male friends, all of whom make me laugh. I just wanted to say all of the above in this, my first post, to make these opinions clear, because they are important to me, and a lot of my future blogs will be about feminism.

Ta-rah for now! (That’s not to say I won’t post again tonight, but I always feel a desire to write an introductory blog or paragraph like this, and maybe then write another one later in the space of one day or night, as far as I know there are no rules against this practice!)