Well, I'll go to the foot of my stairs...

Often startled, frequently amused, sometimes scared; rarely speechless. Can be found at witchywoo22@yahoo.co.uk

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Do you ever think about...

...who might actually be reading your blog?

I've never given it much thought, to be honest. I look at my Site Meter stats from time to time (latest search words - 'get your tits out for free') but they don't really tell me much about who is reading. I know that regular commenters are regular readers and I guess that bloggers who have this blog on their blogroll look in from time to time but, apart from that, I don't have a clue.

So imagine my amazement on being informed that Sheila Jeffreys had directed someone this way. Yes. Sheila Jeffreys!

Cripes.

It feels like being told that Catharine MacKinnon reads what you write; or Germaine Greer, or Diana Russell or Catherine Itzin, Shere Hite, Julie Bindel, Kate Cook - or any other feminist thinker I've ever been wowed by.

It's kind of scary.

But it's also incredibly validating.

All the self-identified "sex-pos", 'feminist' men in the world can tell me to fuck off - as one or two already have. The radical feminist community is strong and brave and solid - and if sex-pos, 'feminist' men are telling me to fuck off and Sheila Jeffreys knows this blog exists, well, to my mind, I must be doing something right.

31 Comments:

  • At 12:36 AM, Blogger Sarah said…

    You are doing many many things right hon.

     
  • At 2:01 AM, Blogger mistermorgan said…

    It's little witchy - she has wooly fuzz and whatnot! Anybody would be drawn in.

    Sheila would be just as chuffed to know how admired she is, I'm sure.

     
  • At 2:04 AM, Blogger witchy-woo said…

    hmmm....

    Less of the 'little', huh? ;)

     
  • At 3:44 AM, Blogger mistermorgan said…

    Alright, I'll tone it down. You might go all Fantasia broom-creatures on me.

    "Apparantly, being a man attempting to defend a feminist woman's right to choose her own sexual habits amounts to defending "sexual slavery" and rape." (from Smackdog Chronicles)

    I laughed so hard I nearly puked. Fine arguments in the comments, too, with the odd result that all you'd have to do to defeat sex-pos liberal feminism for all time is change your background colour to blue.

    Equating the harms of wearing pink with being paid to get raped isn't the most cogent analogy I've heard in my life, either. That's what we in the business call a 'fucking terrible argument'.

    Today is providing much amusement - and work is rapidly gittin' done. (Yeehaw).

     
  • At 3:51 AM, Blogger witchy-woo said…

    I know.

    The whole business is a fucking terrible argument, really. It's just way too small!

    Keep working. I don't want to get blamed for being a distraction on top of everything else. ;)

     
  • At 4:18 AM, Blogger Renegade Evolution said…

    and i think you are funny as hell sometimes, Brit Wit and all...

     
  • At 6:28 AM, Blogger mistermorgan said…

    Hah - all done!

    Any work I do for the rest of today is going to be blog related - if you can call that work.

    Hey and sorry if I forced you unduly to reminisce about university. :0)

     
  • At 11:11 AM, Blogger Laurelin said…

    Wow, Witchy that's fucking amazing!!!

    I'm glad Sheila knows how brilliant you are :)

     
  • At 11:22 AM, Blogger witchy-woo said…

    Laurelin - SJ also pointed that same person in your direction too so she knows how brilliant you are as well :)
    xxx

     
  • At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I can't find the link, i really want to see it. Thanks

     
  • At 1:19 PM, Blogger witchy-woo said…

    Which link do you mean, anon?

     
  • At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Louise said…

    Hi, I followed the Sheila Jeffreys link to google and then I couldn't find where she directed someone to you.

    Maybe I didn't understand the post, this weather makes me really sleepy!

    I'm Louise, I just haven't set up a blogger username yet.

     
  • At 3:53 PM, Blogger witchy-woo said…

    Hi Louise :)

    Ah... slight misunderstanding I think.

    The google link is there to demonstrate to anyone who might not have heard of Sheila Jeffreys (I guess there are few such people) what an important and influential feminist she is.

    I actually heard that she'd directed someone this way in an email from that person.

     
  • At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Louise said…

    Ah, I see (sound of penny hitting the ground).It's really great to have a link between feminist blogosphere and a more prominent feminist. Though I'm always a bit surprised that Sheila Jeffreys and other rad fems like Mary Daly get very little media coverage compared to Greer who's welcomed on tv or someone like Andrea Dworkin whose work was only mentioned with one part taken completely out of context.

    I just wanted to say a little about why I read your blog and others. I found your blog through the links on Laurelin's blog which I found through a link on the fword blog back in March. I was so excited to see so many wonderful feminist blogs. I think for those of us who aren't a part of a feminist group, blogs are a vital part of what you read, kind of like a feminist online press. Especially, when you hear on the news something about the low conviction rate for rapes or abortion. Instead of getting angry at the mainstream reporting or the breathtaking misogyny on the BBC have your say and the Guardian's comment is free, I'll go to feminist blogs and know that I'm not the only one thinking and feeling this way.

     
  • At 4:29 PM, Blogger Laurelin said…

    Really? Yay!!!

     
  • At 6:55 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    anyone who might not have heard of Sheila Jeffreys (I guess there are few such people) what an important and influential feminist she is.

    Umm, like me you mean?

     
  • At 7:30 PM, Anonymous Amananta said…

    I am ashamed to say I had not heard of her before. Reading a synopsis of her politics, I can say I do not agree with everything she says, but even on her most "controversial" points, I think she has some validity for her arguments. To reiterate something I said in my blog recently, feminism needs people like her, women who uncompromisingly put women first and challenge everything about the cultural idea of femininity. We can't all be liberal or moderate feminists - by definition, if we were, we would suddenly all become the radicals, and that would be a dangerous trend.
    Well anyway - very cool!

     
  • At 10:43 PM, Blogger simply wondered said…

    yes of course I am very slow but this Sheila Jeffreys... she has no connection to 'get your tits out for free'? Actually, that sounds more like a Greer article from the sixties.
    And I bet she's never been to me.
    You already have that on her, witchers.

     
  • At 11:59 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    SW, I now have that song in my head. The one from The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert?

    "I've been to paradise, but I've never been to me...."

     
  • At 7:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    From Anthony Kennerson's site: "...contribution to the lynching..."

    Well, it's a good thing sex-pos folk never exaggerate or overreact or anything like that. Ick.

     
  • At 7:48 AM, Blogger simply wondered said…

    Sarah - I can't apologise sufficiently for getting that irritating whine into your head. That was the oblique reference in my quote, so at least you get a random pedant point.
    As a parent (I think?) you might like to try ousting it with the equally awful tune from Higgledy Piggledy House. It's a heroin methadone issue but whatever works, eh?

     
  • At 4:11 PM, Blogger stormy said…

    That is excellent validation, Witchy!
    There is something to be said for being an uncompromising radfem like Sheila Jeffreys. Certainly something to aspire to.

    If I had a bumper, it would probably have a sticker:
    I *heart* Sheila Jeffreys!

     
  • At 2:22 AM, Blogger mistermorgan said…

    I would wear a shirt or hoodie with her face on it, no question.

    "Try Hating Someone Your Own Size"

     
  • At 9:58 AM, Blogger Sarah Louise Parry said…

    Congrats! That is quite a nice snippet of information! :)

     
  • At 12:27 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    SW - Arrgghh! That's WORSE!

     
  • At 12:51 PM, Anonymous delphyne said…

    Sheila Jeffreys! That's terrific, w-w.

     
  • At 8:05 PM, Blogger spotted elephant said…

    WOW! Most impressive, witchy-woo.

    But really, I'm not surprised. You deserve the recognition!

     
  • At 10:35 PM, Blogger simply wondered said…

    Sarah, it makes me happy that the rets of the reader/writership of the blog comments are discussing high-level feminists and we are talking about theme songs to children's TV programmes. Blissfully off-thread and delighted to have someone join me.

     
  • At 11:37 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    SW.....

    Baaallaaaamooooryyyy, What's the story in Balamory, wouldn't you like to know?

    *giggle*

     
  • At 1:02 PM, Blogger lost clown said…

    wait...what was that? is that what jealousy feels like? hehehe. good job.

     
  • At 8:40 PM, Blogger Y. Carrington said…

    Shiela Jeffreys. That's wonderful, WW. I've learned so much from reading her work.

     

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