Blogging solo: New media, 'old' politics

Taylor, Anthea (2011) Blogging solo: New media, 'old' politics. Feminist Review, 99 99: 79-97. doi:10.1057/fr.2011.33

Author Taylor, Anthea
Title Blogging solo: New media, 'old' politics
Journal name Feminist Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-7789; 466-4380
Publication date 2011-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1057/fr.2011.33
Volume 99
Issue 99
Start page 79
End page 97
Total pages 19
Place of publication Hants, United Kingdom
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This article focuses on the blogosphere as an oppositional field where the meanings around contemporary Western women's singlehood are contested, negotiated and rewritten. In contrast to dominant narratives in which single women are pathologised, in the blogs by, for, and about single women analysed here, writers aim to refigure women's singleness as well as providing resources, support and a textual community where others can intervene and contribute to the re-valuation of single women. These blogs also function as alternative forms of knowledge, seeking to (re)legitimise women's singleness and to trouble their aberrance and social liminality. Rather than only considering the form in isolation from its content, this article analyses the discourses deployed by bloggers and within blogs and how women bloggers publicly perform their very singleness as part of a personal and political strategy of re-signification. In this way, while cautious not to overestimate the democratic potentialities of the so-called blogosphere, it underscores the important cultural – and indeed political – work being undertaken by single women therein. Moreover, by demonstrating how these blogs use discursive tactics commonly associated with feminism's second-wave – women's consciousness-raising; identity politics; deploying and reiterating the famous feminist dictum: ‘the personal is political’; naming discrimination; and empathy and community-building – it argues that they are using so-called ‘new’ media for what is now problematically believed to be ‘old’ (feminist) politics.
Keyword Blogging
Single women
New media
Popular feminism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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