Double X-asperation?

Slate’s new magazine by women, for women to enjoy and men to "listen in on",, just launched itself into the fray-prone feminist blogosphere. In its first day, an all-star staff of writers kicked things off by taking shots at everything from hip young blog-on-the-block Jezebel to stuffy older feminists with (gasp!) wrinkles.

But beyond the warring blogs and generations, most of the really interesting conflict arises from the site’s own contradictory messages. After all, here’s Double X positioning itself as way beyond feminism while opening the site with a discussion of Betty Freidan’s legacy. Its bloggers simultaneously declare the movement to be dead AND troublesome (Zombie feminism! Bitch proclaimed, giving me my first true chuckle since the brouhaha began).

The very valid critiques  circulating throughout the internet make it hard to push aside the growing image of XX as a high school prom queen deciding to sport granny glasses and inform the boys provocatively that she’s kinda interested in women’s stuff, but not that weirdo-angry feminism that the school’s resident activists embrace.

But for now, I’m hoping that we can attribute yesterday’s catfights and seeming identity confusion to birthing pains. The (unfairly) maligned Jezebel and many other blogs and websites  marked their new existence by throwing a few hefty lobs to get noticed, after all. Stirring up controversy as a way of saying "l’m here!" is practically a rite of passage.

And it is exciting to see another publication that contains some decidedly pro-woman, pro-feminist content –particularly when such a publication is supported by the heft of the Washington Post/Slate behemoth. Double X’s existence already means more women writers are going to be paid AND paid attention to–a definite good thing. I just hope that, as Salon’s Broadsheet often does, the staff at Double X use their shiny new platform to help elevate women’s voices around the internet. 

In other words, Double X doesn’t need to manufacture controversy by flailingly attacking other feminists; they can just jump into the juicy conversation that’s already
happening online. Feminist and womanist spaces may not initially appear to produce work that’s as "edgy" or right for the contrarian intellectual tone of Slate and Double X. But there’s tons to pick up on (and potentially filter through the sharp Slate aesthetic). With sites like Women’s eNews reporting from warzones and bloggers already having intense debates on everything from politics to parenting to reproduction (ahem!) across racial, social, and international lines, the talented staff at Double X has an amazing resource pool from which to draw.

And that may already be in the cards: Some of the awesome women Double X has hired to write for them–like Kathryn Joyce, Elaine Showalter, and Latoya Peterson–prove that even while at first it may appear that Double X is just talking, they’ve also been doing some listening.  Let’s hope that continues.

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  • invalid-0

    Just what we need; another faux-“feminist” waste of bandwidth that does nothing but slam us.

    Shrivel up and _die_, XX; you’re uninformed, irrelevant, and just plain WRONG!!!!!!!!!!

  • cpcwatcher

    I had to check this baby out, and the first thing I saw was an article entitled Preventing Babies, the Old-Fashioned Way in which the author very poorly (and surely very damagingly) interprets a new Guttmacher study regarding withdrawal as a method of pregnancy prevention.

    The very first paragraph of the actual study says it right there: “If the male partner withdraws before ejaculation
    every time a couple has vaginal intercourse…” There it is. But when does ejaculation start? Many men can relate to that “whoops” moment where an orgasm begins without any warning. It only takes one sperm, and the first woman to comment on the entry very well stated, “This method has proven very effective at making me an aunt. Two of my three nephews resulted from the “pull and pray” method of BC.”

    Not a good feature for a self-proclaimed “feminist” website. Besides, highlighting the one and only method approved by sexist religious wingnuts as “morally sound” and claiming it is as “effective” as other methods is just bad form. Misinterpretations of studies like these will only further decrease the amount of sexual responsibility people are willing to take, increase STD rates, and increase the number of women saying “okee-dokie” to her partner’s promises of, “It’s okay baby, I’ll pull out.”

  • silviaz

    Lucky for those whose prom was very wonderful. Prom night is really tiring but exciting. Unlike Tyler Frost who has been busy making headlines as a high school senior and for sure exasperated too. The young Tyler Frost has gotten himself into national headlines for being suspended and then suing his high school. Heritage Christian, the private school he attends, had forbid him from attending his girlfriend’s prom – she attends public school – and he went anyway. The school makes all students sign a contract, like they were getting personal loans, in which they must swear not to dance, hold hands, listen to rock ‘n’ roll, or enjoy themselves. Tyler Frost says he has no regrets, and since the dance took place on the weekend, the school has credit repair to do for suspending him.

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  • invalid-0

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  • invalid-0

    I wonder if someone could explain how does it happen: whenever someone points out that sexism and misogyny does exist, that person wants “right to play full-time victims of the patriarchy”?

  • invalid-0

    Feminists very much like to oppose themselves to chauvinists though it is obvious, that those have no relation to a sexism…

    I am final, I have no now in a kind of the anxious feminists which are ready to rush nearly with fists on the guy, it is necessary to it to open only before the girl a door.