Yes, I’d Rather Read BooksJanuary 19, 2007
than read the output of most bloggerati, including the dude who wrote this:
Here’s my take on the whole matter — “intellectuals” who’d rather read books and measure purity are next-to-useless. I prefer people of action, not of [sic] elitist academics.
The best I can say about that statement is that it has a certain “Lost Boy” charm to it – We don’t need none o’ that there “sivilization”! Those Lost Boys are so cute: Peter Pan, Huck Finn, Stalin…
This is what I call the “Year Zero” mentality: “We are young, we are bloggers, we are coming in to sweep away all the old nonfunctioning paradigms and reinvent the world!” The problem with that idea is that if you’re insufficiently educated and insufficiently aware, as most of these bloggers are, you’ll be reinventing the wheel. And you’ll probably be doing it wrong.
“Action” is essential, but only when the action is intelligently focused. And you can’t focus intelligently when you’re unaware and you’re victimized by propaganda.
When the issue is feminism, the stakes are high. There’s far too much misinformation, distortion, and general ignorance about feminism to allow any slacking-off in this department. There’s an active campaign to criticize and silence feminist voices – and this hostility is not only coming from the right wing, but from some people who are ostensibly “progressives”.
I’ve noticed on a few occasions, when someone says something clueless about feminism and I advise the person to read certain important books, this tends to result in an indignant uproar, along the lines of: “How dare you say I’m not a good enough feminist because I haven’t read the right books!”
Well, sorry, but that’s how it is. Really.
There’s no sin in being ill-informed. The sin is in not taking steps to rectify that situation.
Here on Supervixens we’ll be talking about important feminist writers and activists, covering some people even your “women’s studies” class didn’t include. The idea is to provide a jumping-off point so you can read more and learn more about feminism.
There’s a huge history of women and women’s accomplishments that is largely unknown. The only way to find out about this is through reading and study. The puerile punditocracy won’t be telling you about it. We will.
Dreadful/Dreadless Woman (noun): Terrible Woman/Fearless Woman, who is ineffably frightening to the ruling fools. Example: Bessie Smith (1894-1937), who was threatened by members of the ku klux klan during one of her shows (Concord, North Carolina, July 1927). Bessie asked some stagemen to help her get rid of the hooded hoods, but the stagemen were terrified and fled:
Not Bessie. She ran toward the intruders, stopped within ten feet of them, placed one hand on her hip, and shook a clenched fist at the Klansmen. “What the fuck you think you’re doin’?” she shouted above the sound of the band. “I’ll get the whole damn tent out here if I have to. You just pick up them sheets and run!”
The Klansmen, apparently too surprised to move, just stood there and gawked. Bessie hurled obscenities at them until they finally turned and disappeared quietly into the darkness. [Chris Albertson, Bessie]
Definition from Mary Daly’s Wickedary. I’ll be writing more about Daly soon.
— H. R. H. Supervixen