This is a continuation of yesterday’s post, in which I took issue with this article on Forbes.com. Yesterday, I argued that feminist blogs empower women by identifying and talking about discrimination. I disagree with the argument in the Forbes article that talking about a problem never did any good. The article suggests that women need to get out and fight for social change and I agree with that. But how can you know what to fight for until you talk about it? Does the fact that feminist took to the streets decades ago mean there’s nothing left to talk about? Of course not. To refrain from speaking about the capacity for human ugliness is to enable it. This is exactly why I voice my criticisms of my religion over and over again. To acknowledge and make way for improvement. Talking is worthwhile.
Tied up in the argument in the article that talking is a waste of precious time is the notion that blogs never motivated anybody to action. This is false. Here’s why:
#2: There is power in numbers. In an increasingly isolating world, women are making connections with each other at an unprecedented rate, thanks to blogging, among other things. This kind of coordination can and does spur movement.
As an example, just look at A Practical Wedding. Three years ago this was a one-woman blog about the most trivial of things: weddings. These days it’s a rapidly growing media company dealing with the most significant of human things: weddings. And also relationships, marriage, gender, feminism, and social equality. And next week, the lady behind it all is throwing weddings for two LGBTQ couples, not to mention a benefit for LAMBDA Legal, with the help of hundreds of mostly-female readers and sponsors. I’m not sure how much money they’ve raised yet, but I’m guessing when it’s all over that it will be a lot. I know I bought a tote bag.
Maybe my blog isn’t capable of doing that much on-the-ground. But I know it inspires me to action in my own life. And maybe it inspires you to action in yours.
In sum, I blog about being a woman for the same reason that I blog about being a Mormon, a Democrat, and a lawyer — because it is part of being a human. I’m fully okay with the fact that not everybody wants to read what I have to say, whether they think it is boring, offensive, irrelevant, whiny, embarrassing, blasphemous, unfunny, or anything else. But, as women — no, as people — let’s not silence each other. Let’s not cut women off from each other in this realm. There’s still plenty left to say.