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feisty, intelligent, must-read Canadian feminist bloggers an incomplete beginning

by May Lui | December 13, 2007

Feminist blogs are everywhere – which is a wonderful thing! Below, writer May Lui offers up a sampling of some lesser-known Canadian feminist blogs.

She says, “They simply overwhelmed me with their smarts, gorgeous layouts and overall fabulousness. I hope these blogs get bigger audiences. Please check out their various links pages for more pro-feminist online fun!”

brown rab girl fish

This eclectic blog covers topics as wide-ranging as a clip of Kermit the frog from a classic Sesame Street episode, to music by The Cinematic Orchestra, Mokobé, and collaborations with Kouider, Khalèd, Cheikh Djelloul and French hip hop collective Mafia K’1 Fry. She also talks about her favourite poems, and explores the classic question, “Why are you here?”

We are here because my father couldn't make it work back home. He left home and country against his father's wishes and went to school in Canada. His inordinate pride at being an engineer spoke to how empty he must have felt inside underneath that identity.

See the blog for the rest of this poem.

brownstargirl

This is a visually beautiful blog and website by Toronto writer and performer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. On the site you'll find some of Leah’s amazing poetry, as well as information about her published book of poetry, Consensual Genocide.

Excerpted from the online poem “restorative justice”:

What if every time they pulled over one of us
we got to grab one of them?
What if we could bring them to that long beige place
and make them unlock all the ones who didn’t make it through?
keep going open the doors at Guantanimo and the Celebrity Inn
what if we could jump behind that counter
get on the PA and announce
It is hereby declared
that all borders are bullshit
and starting today
we will never stand on this line
sweating terror
ever
again
Confessions of a Funky Ghetto Hijabi

This blog is written by a 27-year-old Muslim woman whose mom is French Canadian and whose father is Nigerian. She became a Sunni Muslim when she was 21, chooses to wear the hijab, and talks about tons of feminist and progressive issues such as violence, war in Africa and Palestine, and being a “Muslim by choice in a post-9/11 world.” She talks about growing up poor, her dysfunctional and abusive family, and her commitment to anti-oppression politics.

In other words, read this blog and bookmark it!

One Tenacious Baby Mama

This is a powerful and beautiful blog, filled with creativity, power and wisdom. The author fills the screen with her words and images about life, her family and what angers her. Read this blog with an open heart, link to it, and tell others about it.

When I look at my blog through the eyes of so many, too many of the wimmin I’ve encountered in community, tried to build a sense of community with, tried to befriend or partner with ... wimmin of colour who are ex lovers, ex friends, ex roommates, ex allies whose feminist book learning hasn’t done a damn thing to stop them from taking experiences of trauma and hurt and oppression, to lie about their healing and instead offer rage and harm cloaked, smiling, underground suffering to others including me ... when I think about these wimmin gazing and perhaps understanding me as exposed and stupid, I feel sad ... I feel like digging inside myself, finding the place and time where I loved them and scraping the memory, touch, taste, feel of it out from inside’a me like an alleyway abortion, dashing away the half dead carcass and covering it with a bloody newspaper.

Pomegranate Queen

This is a wonderful blog by a passionate and powerful voice, a young woman of colour who writes about the creative process: “[My blog] has allowed me to create and grow as a writer. it’s allowed me to create for the sake of sharing. and that in itself has pushed me to write. yes, i might have written a lot of bad poetry. and some good stuff too. but the point is that i wrote.”

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