When I came up with the idea of an online feminist book club, I envisioned maybe 5 people reading some books and chatting from time to time, but I had over 30 people sign up to participate! Which is beyond awesome, but also means it's taken me a bit longer to get this book club started.
In the interest of fairness, and to get a sense of what others have in mind, I created a survey for folks to fill out. Whether you've already signed up or not, and even if you're only interested in reading along but not participating much, please take the survey. (If I already emailed or DM'd you with the link, no need to fill it out again, this is for folks who haven't responded yet.)
I hope to hit the ground running with the book club by the end of the week. I've gotten great feedback already in terms of what books to read, ways to stay connected to each other, and so forth. But one thing that occurred to me as I was going through the responses is that we don't yet have a name!
It seems to pretty much be the consensus that we should have a group blog for the book club, so that will need a name. And most everyone wants to have another space to engage with other members of the book club, so having a name will be handy in that case as well. So I'm turning to all of you for cool name ideas.
Here's some info that might help...
1) We're calling this a feminist book club, but everyone agrees that we're really interested in intersections: race, class, (dis)ability, LGBT, etc.
2) With the exception of a few classic feminist texts, most of us are interested in reading contemporary works, or at least those that spark conversation about the present and the future, not only reflecting on the past.
3) Pretty much everyone is in agreement that we want a mix of styles: fiction, graphic novels (and graphic non-fiction), memoirs, biographies, poetry, etc.
And with that, I turn it over to you all! Please leave your suggestions for book club names in the comments so we can discuss. And don't forget to take the survey if you haven't done so already and are interested in the book club.
*See what I did there with the post title? Took the phrase "the problem that has no name" from a famous feminist book and used it for my post title about our not-so-famous feminist book club. I amaze even myself with my own cleverness. =)
(Yes, I know I'm a dork.)
- At Tue Aug 25, 01:25:00 PM Madama said...
hi Sally--probably more than a quibble: classic feminist texts are not about the past, you can't even discuss where we are now and where want to go unless you also understand where you've come from, imo. So, how about The Past That Isn't...???...
a few more off the top of my head: yesterday I listened to the only extant recording of Virginia Woolf (it's on YouTube, of course), and she kept saying "Words...where do they live?" So, that is still ringing in my ears.
also Feminisms for Dummies (not because we will be, but because it is a funny, welcoming name).
also DEEP THROAT
- At Tue Aug 25, 01:58:00 PM frau sally benz said...
probably more than a quibble: classic feminist texts are not about the past, you can't even discuss where we are now and where want to go unless you also understand where you've come from, imo
Great point, Madama. I couldn't figure out how to best word that sentence when I wrote the post. I got the sense from folks that they don't want to read women's studies 101 books, or books about the history of feminism as much as they want to read books to use as a jumping off point. But anyway...
Oh, and I like your name ideas =)
- At Tue Aug 25, 02:05:00 PM Madama said...
Sally--I'm not talking about Women's Studies 101 or history of feminism. I'm talking about deep, complex deconstructing of what we all assume to be "reality"...there are some smack-you-in-your-third-eye books that I'll bet some women who identify as feminist have never read, and would understand themselves more if they did...but hey, it's your club...I'm not gonna push something that people don't want to read...
- At Tue Aug 25, 02:10:00 PM frau sally benz said...
Oh I know, I'm agreeing with you. I was just pointing out that in my post, I couldn't figure out how to phrase exactly what I was thinking (that it's less 101/history, more forward-thinking), but that it's not about limiting ourselves only to books written now. That's why I added the "or at least those that spark conversation about the present and the future, not only reflecting on the past" portion to the explanation.
So yeah, we're on the same page. Not explicitly reading 101/history, but not excluding past works if they are a great way to think about our current situation and plan for the future.
- At Tue Aug 25, 02:20:00 PM Madama said...