Thursday, March 03, 2005
A New Name: The Final Chapter (unless there's a sequal)
There were three main factors that went into the decision.
1) My traffic is much greater with the RF name. Brad was right on that.
2) I believed I could clarify my opposition to bigotry by including a blurb on every page. DevP seemed to agree. This is why you see the new description under the blog title.
3) I felt alternative-minded feminists needed a voice. This was by far the most influential factor. I kept thinking about how janekeeler said she could identify with the name Redneck Feminist, even though she (like myself) is hardly a 'real' redneck. I was genuinely surprised by the overall positive response to the name.
I have hunch there are more down home gals out there who hold similar views. We might live in red states or swing states. We may have a distrust of government and oppose some Democratic or Green Party policies. But we are not weak women. We are not religious fundamentalists. And we certainly are not complacent to right-wing attacks on personal liberty.
The idea of the 'urban feminist elite' is just as much a stereotype as the redneck one. But this inaccuracy has still managed to alienate some people from feminism. I hope I can offer a different kind of feminism that is still... feminism.
UPDATE: It is not necessary to edit my name if I'm on your blogroll. I plan to let Red's Rants have it's own section on my blog. You know, once I get around to actually implementing all those grand ideas I have...
"Boy, are you a REDNECK? I'm a redneck, and my SON, he's the real redneck! After prom, everyone went to parties the next day, but he went BASS FISHING!" (And this is specifically his words. I'm not expecting all rednecks to bassfish/etc.)
This guy was so wicked proud of his son, and it started to make sense to me. I also rejected the "after-prom party" thing in high school, and rather just hung out with my high-school friends, staying up with video games and a lack of alcohol (though we grew out of that). That was our idea of a good time, and I imagined that if I had a kid, I'd like to be bragging about him the same way:
"You're a GEEK? Hell yeah! My daughter's a major geek - hell, after prom-night she and her friends stayed up all night watching Firefly."
It's just about doing your own thing.
(And off-topic, consider that a plug for catching some eps of Firefly if you can. It actually has some kinda-libertarian themes throughout, in a very cool way.)
Will have to check out Firefly.