Saturday, April 10, 2010

Women Writer Bans, but where you can still go to read them

"I’m happy to unblock you for the occasion. I would only ask that you keep to the subject."
--a prominent biblioblogger consistently in the Top 50 (do I have to tell you he's a man?), addressing a woman publicly

"The difficulty is that ANY conversation can end up including gender issues. For example, if a man expresses disbelief in a woman having read the Illiad, that might trigger me to respond that I have read it in Greek, and that this notion that some men have of women not being truly literate, is a block to full fellowship between men and women....  The last time you blocked me for “vitriol” I emailed the young man that I was in conversation with – you often tend to block me mid-thread and do not indicate to the other participants on the blog that I cannot answer them.  He said that he was unaware of anything that I had said that caused me to be blocked or called names, and expressed his regrets, and we continued our conversation by email. But usually I am not able to do that, not knowing the email. Since I am unaware of teh exact boundaries that will trigger you to block me mid-thread, I would still prefer for conversations here not to be tracked over to your blog."
--that woman blogger, and a couple of her banned comments at Better Bibles Blog

I think it was the day after my Ph.D. graduation that my post entitled "Miss Piss Tiss" got overwhelmed with comments.  When I decided to retire from blogging not long afterward, I agreed to delete some of the thread because of some of the public and disparaging comments of one male blogger about one female blogger, who is rightly concerned with bans of women from various domains of public discourse.  It was her request.  I still find - through RSS feeds - comments made and later deleted from public view.  And I'm always committed to showing such comments here at this blog, as and when the commenters want them shown; likewise, I'm always happy to hide the record at the request of those most injured.  This has happened more than once.

Now, on a happier note, there are many places where we readers - women and men - can still read women writers freely.

Judy Redman, bible scholar and blogger and woman, for example, has posted where she and others are being published: 

Suzanne McCarthy, linguist and teacher, has posted where "women are blogging about what life was like under patriarchy":

April D. DeConick, Professor of Biblical Studies, Director of Graduate Studies in Religion, and author, has published a very active "Women and Religion Blog Roll."  Reproduced here are the bloggers' blogsite titles, and the titles of their most recent blogposts:


Suzanne McCarthy said...

I am always in awe of the enormous work that you put into recording the words of women. Thank you so much.

Judy Redman said...

I agree with Suzanne. Thanks.

Paula said...

Yes, it's not only a rare thing but a brave one. And a Christ-like one. ;-)

Rod said...

I agree with Suzanne.

You are awesome, Dr. Gayle.

J. K. Gayle said...

Suzanne, You're too kind. It's no work at all to read the words of women writers whenever and where ever we can find them. You really do the work, I think.

Judy, Thank you for the scholarly work you do. Like Suzanne, you do much to write and to help us give due attention to writings of various women and men.

Paula, What scientists and writers and historians such as Monique Frize do is brave, and so very bold. But thank you also for encouraging me, and for writing so much at your blog.

Rod, You are too kind. As with Suzanne's, Judy's, and Paula's blogs, I'm thankful for your blogging.