So I’m still working my way through the books that I, optimistically, imagined I would be able to read while on vacation a couple of weeks ago. (My eyes are always bigger than my brain and/or my ability to stay awake!) On my commute home from work today I had just enough time to read the introduction to Jessica Yee’s much-discussed anthology Feminism For Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism (Ottawa, Ont.: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2011). The introduction alone had a lot to offer, which is what gave me the idea for a live-blogging series. For the next 22 weeks, I’m going to live-blog my way through Feminism For Real chapter by chapter. I figure this will give me time to read and digest each separate essay, while also forcing me to get thoughts out into the world even if they’re half-finished. If I feel like I have to sum up the whole book, I’m pretty sure I won’t ever feel capable of writing a review!
Therefore, I’m going to do my best to make this a weekly series posted every Tuesday for the next 22 weeks. I reserve the right to skip a week here or there if life happens (as it inevitably does), but I hope to stay more or less on schedule. Please feel free to read along and chime in with your own perspectives in comments!
Just fair warning if you feel like I’m ignoring any of the issues that have come up on other blog threads: Though I first saw the news that this book was coming out through Racialicious, I’ve been purposefully avoiding the online reviews of For Real. I wanted my impressions to be fresh rather than pre-determined by the discussion about the publication and promotion of the book, or other peoples’ readings. Feel free to point people toward other interesting reviews in the comment threads. A multiplicity of voices is always a good thing!
And without further ado, here’s the first installment.