Nothing will be politics as usual for the next few years. Though there is bound to be division — even among those of the same political party — there are a few blogs that I’m excited about following in the aftermath of last November. Considering that we elected more women of color than any other year, and that we’d imagined that the first woman was about to be inaugurated, women bloggers will have some interesting things to say during the upcoming year.
Don’t expect Bamberger to pull any punches. Her latest blog appeared the day after the election, titled: White Women, It’s Time to Get a Clue. If that’s not brave enough, its accompanying image was of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell tickling Donald Trump’s bare ass — as he sits on a wrecking ball.
The Broad Side
With opinions on everything from pop culture to sex, the tagline claims this site is for “Broads with Opinions.” I hope more than broads are tuning in, though. The political discussions are smart, engaging and contain something most political writers lack: perspective.
With titles ranging from Raising Feminist Kids to White Women, You Need to Talk about Racism, the bloggers here aren’t letting anyone off the hook, but their message is one we all need to hear. Angst without anger is hard to come by, but the articles here do just that.
I expect this blog will be crucial in the coming months. The discussions here are about the politics of crime and injustice. The legal — and illegal issues — that have surrounded Donald Trump since the beginning of his campaign and continue to plague him, will likely be dissected clearly and honestly here.
Smart women have a lot to say right now. And I can’t wait to read it all, but what I want to hear most are those who feel the most betrayed by Clinton’s loss — young women. Written by young feminists for young feminists, their hope seeps through even their rawest discussions. Their Feminist Cheat Sheet catches the world up on newsworthy, female political issues. I’m also honored to have my own work featured on Feministing and can’t wait to contribute more in 2017!
Black Girl Dangerous
Another group who likely feel betrayed by this election is the LGBTQ community. Created to give a voice to trans people of color, the bloggers here offer a unique perspective. Politics affect the lives of women, but few are as impacted by politics today as LGBTQ individuals. Discover how politics can be personal by reading these fine women bloggers.
If you ever want to cry yourself to sleep, look up the origins of Mother’s Day. Some suggest it was a response to the death of sons during the two World Wars. Mothers — who traditionally weren’t politicians because they were mothers — have unique insight into the world. These bloggers are all mothers and are all invested in mothers — not just women — for office.
Naral: Blog for Choice
Regardless of where you stand on abortion’s spectrum of beliefs, it’s politicizing affects every woman. Understanding the political motivations of those in power is crucial to understanding reproductive rights in the United States. What’s great about these blogs is that, despite the hot button topic, the writers are thoughtful and refrain from knee-jerk responses.
Like Naral, ReWire tackles the politics of abortion. These bloggers offer thoughtful analysis of the political implications of abortion and reproductive health and choice. With investigations into state politics as well as national ones, their blogs are timely — Trump is threatening to overturn Roe vs. Wade and toss it into a state’s rights issue. It’s unlikely he can get away with it, but it says something about him that he’ll try.
Founded in 2012, this Canadian website matters in part, because, as Canadians, they have different insight into American politics as it relates to women. They are watching and commenting on the U.S.’s political response to Donald Trump as president and on how it will affect global politics.
You may not think that bloggers who discuss body image issues would have much to say about politics, but the current era of politics is creating new conversations about body issues, especially since the President-Elect has repeatedly criticized women for their appearance. Heidi Klum’s response to him saying that she was no longer a 10 was amazing, but we still need to be clear and united regarding body shamming.
The bloggers at The Women Take Over — TWTO — are insightful and not single-minded. Their blogs discuss films that involve women at the helm, as well as books written by women. Their blogs about politics and political activism are just as insightful as their discussion of novels.
Only Slightly Biased
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Make Your 2017 A Little Bit Better
There are plenty more out there — I like these blogs because the voices are fresh and the perspectives aren’t always what you’d expect. The women who are writing them have the courage to tell their stories in a political climate that is increasingly male-centered. I’ve always found it interesting that, considering the impact on our lives, from reproductive health to equal pay, the voices of women are often the least heard. Finally, we have women talking — it’s time to listen.
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