Saturday, April 2, 2011

Stuff Nobody Should Wait for Me to Blog About in April

  1. "Women getting the vote on the Isle of Man."   This is a matter of the history of suffrage about which my friend John Radcliffe there emailed me last month.  It may take us another month of conversation to get at all he sees as important to remember and to mention here (although what he's told me already would just fascinate you, I'm guessing).
  2. Fathers raising daughters, feminisms in the family, and epistemologies that go beyond the patriarchy.  Dr. A. Doucet already has up a rich, strongly-hyperlinked, thoughtful and helpful essay for men and women readers entitled "Between Two F-Words: Fathering and Feminism."  (Oh, and she's a woman.)
  3. What Dr. C. Z. Elgin, one of the world's leading philosophers today, knows about Aristotle and about ways of knowing (i.e., epistemologies).  Dr. Doucet's essay links to Dr. Elgin's Harvard academic post info.  I'll just link to some of her wonderful books and will just quote her as saying, in Considered Judgment that the "introduction of feminist categories in literary criticism discloses new contours in fictional works, exemplifying long overlooked patterns and relationships" and that "intuitions, like beliefs, waver and clash.  Could Aristotle really have been a plumber [instead of the philosopher that he was]?  Were there plumbers in ancient Greece?  If not, how does this affect what Aristotle could have been?  I am not sure what I think.  My intuitions may conflict with yours, with my earlier intuitions, even with my concurrent ones.  And they may conflict with considered judgments and confirmed theories.  Intuition tells me that simultaneity is absolute.  Intuition is wrong."  So let's get this right.  Dr. Doucet's name is Andrea, Dr. Elgin's Catherine.  Who's that on the cover of the book you've read quotations from? 
  4. How "online harassment is going to be a huge issue in the future."  It's an issue among men who are pastors worried about the incorrect doctrine in books of other men who are pastors, both blogging men.  It's an issue among the Top 50 Bibliobloggers and lesser ones too, men mostly.  And in the past, exactly a year and five months ago, come the 13th of April this year, Jessica Valenti already suggested to Deborah Solomon that it was going to be a huge issue in the future.  And she has some other good suggestions, boundaries and such, for men and women, stuff she herself practices already, as does her spouse also, stuff about not being online so much.

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