Thursday, June 19, 2014

Starting a Feminist Book Blog and Looking for Contributors!

Are you a feminist? Do you like books? If both apply to you, please keep reading because WE NEED YOU.

Racquel from The Book Barbies, Jessica from Fly to Fiction, and I decided that we want to start a feminist book blog. If you read my blog regularly, you've probably noticed that many of my reviews lately include something like a feminist-rant section because, even when I love a book, I often have issues with the portrayal of gender (and race and sexuality). I include this stuff in my reviews because I have really strong feelings about these issues, but I still feel kind of weird writing about them here because Paperback Treasures is just a book blog, and I want it to stay that way. That's why I was so happy to find out that Racquel and Jessica feel the same way, and why I'm so excited to hopefully be starting a feminist book blog where we could talk about these things in more detail.

The problem is, though, that we don't want to do this alone. Considering we all already have our regular book blogs, we don't have time to start another blog by ourselves. That's where you (the hypothetical feminist bookish person I'm talking to) come in. We are hoping to get more people to join us so that each of us could post maybe once a week, making this a not-too-big time commitment.

The plan is for this to be a blog where we can discuss the books we read from a feminist point of view. All three of us read mainly YA, but it doesn't matter what genre(s) you read - any genres could be reviewed on this blog, and it might even be beneficial to have someone who reads and writes about about other genres.These posts won't be full reviews (since we'll still be writing those on our regular blogs); we were just going to focus on the feminist critique. That would mean writing about the portrayal of gender and gender relations, and also about the diversity of the characters (i.e. are there any characters who are LGBTQ+? is there any racial diversity? and are these characters portrayed realistically and respectfully?), and anything else related to social activism. "Feminist critiques" makes it sound really formal, but really, this would all be in a very informal, laid-back style.We'd also like to use this blog to discuss articles on the Internet relating to books and issues of gender or diversity. 

That's pretty much all we know so far - now we're just looking for people who would be willing to contribute! Like I said, ideally this would be an each-person-posting-once-a-week type of thing, but of course that depends on how many people we get. And if you would like to contribute but think you couldn't post that often, just let us know and we'll see if we can figure something out. Any contributions would be welcome! 

If you're interested in contributing or just hearing more about this, please email me at hannah11200 (at) hotmail (dot) com, or tweet me @PbackTreasures, or just leave a comment here. Or if you know someone you think might be interested, either point them in the direction of this blog post, or let me know who they are so I can ask them if they'd be interested.

Thank you so much for your help, everyone!!!


  1. This is a wonderful idea! Best of luck! <3

  2. I'd be interested in participating in this and I certainly would have the time this time of year too! I tend to touch on some feminist aspects in my reviews but never too much since like you said: we have book blogs, not feminist blogs but I'd love to participate with shorter posts (shorter than full reviews I mean) focussing on the feminist aspect of things. I'll also be sharing this post on Twitter as soon as I'm done posting to see if anyone else might want to join in :) This is a brilliant idea ^^ I love it!

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    1. YAY! That's awesome, thanks so much!! Once we know for sure who else is participating, I will send out an email to everyone to figure out how exactly this is going to work :)


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