Girl Geeks and Boy Kings, by Melissa Gira Grant at Dissent Magazine. The new issue of Dissent, put together by the powerhouse that is Sarah Leonard, came out this week, and it’s full of anti-capitalist feminism, net theory, gender trouble and basically all the things that give me an unhealthy pallor from too much time adventuring on the internet. It’s all great – Sarah Jaffe’s piece on Trickle-Down Feminism is worthy of mention and not just because she quotes me in it, but this was the essay that really got me squealing and linkspamming. MGG weaves an astute analysis of online identity production as a new ‘second shift’ of feminine and feminised labour into a review of Katherine Losse’s 2012 memoir of her time as an early employee of Facebook.
This list, which I’ll be adding to over the next few days, was compiled by Truthout’s Joe Macare and added to by me. Really pleased to note that most of this has been generated by members of the freelance/quasi-freelance journo solidarity networks I know. Journobloc represent!
Sofía Gallisá Muriente:http://occupyduniya.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/rockaway/
Photos by Sarah Jaffe: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seasonofthebitch/sets/72157631930207028/
Molly Knefel & John Knefel: http://www.alternet.org/jesus-come-help-us-what-its-no-power-no-running-water-and-little-food-post-sandy
Ryan Deveraux: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/05/staten-island-community-recovery-sandy?CMP=twt_fd&CMP=SOCxx2I2
Molly Knefel & John Knefel: http://truth-out.org/news/item/12515-after-sandy-staten-island-helps-its-own-but-more-relief-still-needed
Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Scott Gold: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-jersey-shore-20121104,0,3657494.story
Mimi Whitefield and Jacqueline Charles: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/28/3071813/cuba-and-haiti-struggle-to-recover.html
Overviews / Occupy Sandy
Tom Hintze: http://www.alternet.org/occupy-wall-street/how-occupy-sandys-relief-machine-stepped-post-superstorm-void
Allison Kilkenny: http://www.thenation.com/blog/171020/occupy-sandy-efforts-highlight-need-solidarity-not-charity
Laurie Penny: http://www.penny-red.com/post/34978235379/blood-and-thunder-new-york-after-hurricane-sandy
Picture the Homeless on impact on homeless: http://picturethehomeless.org/blog/node/364
Sarah Jaffe: http://jacobinmag.com/2012/11/power-to-the-people/
Guten Morgen, I’m in Berlin today on tour with my book Meat Market, which is significant because it means I’m not at the Editorial Intelligence UK Comment Awards this morning. I’m excited to say that I was nominated and won in the category ‘Twitter Public Personality’. I’m still not sure quite what that means, but it’s going on the virtual shelf alongside GCSE Superboffin 2002 and Sack Race 1998. Thank you to everyone who voted.
Here’s the little speech that was read out in my absence:
I’m really sorry I can’t be here in person to accept this award, and I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me, as well as Editorial Intelligence for nominating me. Social media has been an energising and empowering force for the British commentariat, rearranging some of the old hierarchies and allowing young people and those outside the mainstream press to amplify voices that would otherwise go unheard. Unfortunately, over the past two years social media has also become an increasingly hostile place for women writers and journalists, as well as for writers and thinkers of colour and of different faiths. I know of a number of talented women writers who have withdrawn from the arena of public debate in Britain because of the sheer scale and viciousness of sexist bullying that has come to poison the arena of political debate in this country, particularly online. I would like to use this opportunity to call upon all of the editors, journalists and commentators in this room to take an active stand against sexist trolling and hate speech in your publications and on Twitter. Call it out whenever you see it and refuse to host it on your websites, because it demeans and cheapens all of us who feel proud to call ourselves members of the British press. Thank you.
As you can see, I’m still in New York; I have a marvellous new hat, and here is another round-up post. This month I’ve been writing about, amongst other things, sex, politics, the future, nerd guns, protest policing and the mating rituals of the young and foolish in New York City. Here’s the worst of the damage:
- My guest post on WarrenEllis.com about Journalism, Activism and Honest Reporting went viral – it’s a piece that was very important to me, and was based on a speech I gave at Left Forum in March.
- My review of William Gibson’s new essay collection, ‘Distrust That Particular Flavour’, is up now at The New Inquiry. Almost certainly my favourite thing I’ve written this month: The Future, Probably.
- Last week, I wrote for the Independent on men and their attitudes to sex, women and feminism – based on a survey I posted on this blog, which some of you were kind enough to help with. I’ll be using those survey answers more in the future – stay tuned.
- The piece I wrote right here at this blog about Lena Dunham, Katie Roiphe, kink and the politics of oppressionwas widely read (and led to a very interesting discussion over at Metafilter!)
- Two short pieces for the Independent’s notebook section: one on Trenton Oldfield, the boat-race anarchistswimmer, and one on dating in New York, in which I am possibly slightly unfair to writers, Brooklynites and coffee-shop lurkers like myself. Please note that am not, nor have I ever aspired to be, Carrie fucking Bradshaw.
- And finally, this week’s column on the run-up to Occupy Wall Street’s planned May Day General Strike.
Incidentally, this month, which has involved me starting an exciting new job at The Independent, has also been full of more than the usual catalogue of attacks, rapebombing, slut-shaming, death threats, professional slanders, right-wing trolls, libertarian trolls, soi-disant radical trolls and mad people with vendettas, including former comrades, trying to push false stories about me into the gossip press. I try not to let it get to me, but sometimes it does get difficult. Despite all this I’ve managed to keep producing, but that might not have been the case without the support of a lot of wonderful people, friends and colleagues and near-strangers. I am massively grateful to everyone who has offered me their solidarity over the past few weeks – you know who you are, and I hope you know that your efforts are more than appreciated. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I love you.