Flavours of feminism: Skepchick and Queereka

The F Collection is a blog project by F that highlights a feminist or women’s rights campaign, group or issue every Monday. Read on!

This is a guest post by Bip, F Collective member, scientist extraordinaire and writer at Queereka.

One of the greatest gifts modern feminism has received, I believe, has been the power of the Internet.

The ability to provide and share information instantly, attract and develop communities, and build and execute campaigns has been invaluable for many of us to be able to ride that feminist third wave, myself included. The range of websites on offer for the discerning feminist are diverse and bountiful, ranging from the (mostly) serious and political Shakesville to the celebrity and fashion stylings of Jezebel.

What I love about the recent explosion in the feminist blogosphere is the platform for a diversity of opinions and points of view it provides for feminist voices, as well as the ability to tackle feminist issues with a lens of intersectionality that I want my feminism to be about.

I am also passionate about science and skepticism, which is why I was drawn to Skepchick, a website that mainly focuses on ‘science, skepticism, feminism, atheism, secularism, and pseudoscience’. Skepchick was created with the intention of providing a safe space for discussion of these issues from a feminist perspective.

For example, the recent reproductive healthcare debacle in the USA has been monitored closely, with a bent on the science of reproductive health, something that the major players in the game often seem blissfully unaware of.

It was founded by Rebecca Watson, well-known in the skeptic/atheist community. Her path to identifying as a feminist was brought on by the relentless sexist attitudes she came up against in the skeptic/atheist community, which essentially led her to becoming the voice of skeptical feminism.

Since starting what was to become the main Skepchick website in 2005, sister sites have also been launched: Teen Skepchick which encourages a love of science and feminism in younger folk; Esceptica and Skepchick.se, exclusively Spanish and Swedish respectively; and Mad Art Lab, which deals with the intersection of science, skepticism and art and has contributors from media fields including music, writing, craft and webcomics.

Lastly, the newest addition to the Skepchick network is Queereka, launched at the start of this year, aiming to be a voice in dispelling the myths and misconceptions surrounding LGBTQIA people, and promote a better understanding of their issues, all with a feminist perspective.

The Skepchick community values reader comments and contributions a great deal. Skepchick and Queereka both run a tri-weekly ‘Afternoon Inquisiton/Inqueery‘ series where a question is posed to readers about topics relevant to the particular websites’ interests, as well as more general ones to get to know their readers better. Most of the writers are a talkative bunch and will happily engage in-depth discussions. There have been more than a few instances of regular commenters being promoted to writers themselves.

Now who wouldn’t want to spend a few precious Internet hours sinking their teeth into that?

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