Act 45

June 25, 2009

Women in SF online reading group

Today I opened the first discussion for the WiSF online reading group. Using a Dreamwidth journal as the communication medium, the group is set to read one nominated feminist/female authored SF text per month and then discuss the text on Dreamwidth in the last week of each month.

The idea of the reading group actually came about via the feminist cookies I made a few months ago. I was following up on some of the posts linking to the cookies post and I found this friday feminist five list at Confabulous, which, in addition to the cookies, included a link to the teaching work of Dr Sharon Collingwood. Dr Collingwood is teaching a Women, Society and Culture university course held entirely in Second Life. She is also teaching a course at Ohio State University on Women in Science Fiction.

This is a course I would love to attend, however, living in Australia and with little chance of me being in Ohio anytime soon I thought I would do the next best thing and start an online reading group based on the required text list.

We started this month with Joanna Russ’ The Female Man–which I found difficult yet facinating reading. The reading group is open to all, so feel free to come on over and discuss The Female Man, or join us next month for Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time.

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