Thursday, December 06, 2007

Santa Baby...

What should a good feminist be putting on her list this year?

I think I've been nice this year. Unless you count my "naughty" attempts to subvert the patriarchy by blogging. But I do hope Santa will overlook that last bit...

Anyway, in this commercial holiday season, I find myself struggling over presents of appreciation for those hard to buy for folks in my life. And I'm not talking about my mum - she's getting a scarf, again (I swear, my knitting improves each year - eventually she will be able to wear one of them in public). I mean those peeps who need a little feminist push to help them start the new year right.

In the past, I gave one guy friend a "Feminist Chicks Dig Me T-shirt" to spread some feminist holiday cheer. I've also found that memberships to great organizations like the National Women's Studies Association make good feminist-friendly buys. And never underestimate the power of a year-long subscription to Bitch or Bust - it's a gift that will keep on giving great activist-y information! But I do feel like my usual charitable donations are becoming predictable presents. What should I gift this year?

And, most importantly, what feminist "must have" should be on my list this year? I already have all the hairy-legged, man-hating, stereotypical traits in my feminist toolbox and it doesn't seem like a guarantee of my reproductive freedom will make it under the tree by Christmas day. So, for this pragmatic feminist blogger, what is the ideal holiday gift? Hm...

Well, happy holidays - to those who are celebrating and to those who are just enjoying some bonus vacation days!


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