Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. Or as some of us might prefer to say, Dia Internacional da Mulher! In honour of the occasion, and for those of you who came to Mandingueira later in the game, I’m going to take you on a guided tour through the best, most relevant, most important, most thought-provoking, and most interesting feminism-related posts on this blog. We (meaning dear commenters and I) have managed to cover a surprising number of issues within the short lifespan of this blog, and I think now is a perfect time to give them all their proper due.
Please keep all hands, legs, and stereotypes inside the vehicle, and enjoy the ride!
Let’s begin with the one that started it all, and find out why chivalry in the roda doesn’t pay in Playing Women in the Roda.
Before we go on, you may be wondering about the validity or necessity of “pointing out women in capoeira”, as someone put it to me. Realize that for now at least, it is both valid and necessary, by heading on over to Why Write about Female Mestres? The Feminist Catch-22.
Next, we’ll rendez-vous with Nestor Capoeira in The Feminine in Capoeira, Part 1 (Malicia), where I put him in the hot seat for calling women “the reverse” of power and the rational. But fear not; witness his acquittal (and a discussion on gender stereotypes vs. capoeira tradition) in The Feminine in Capoeira, Part 2 (Context).
Feeling inactive from all this sitting and reading? Then give your biceps and deltoids a little love, and learn why women shouldn’t sell theirs short in Myth Busters: Women and Upper-Body Strength.
Now that you’re all pumped and in shape, it’s clearly time for an intense capoeira trip to Brazil! There may be a lot of scantily clad beach beauties there, but are they really “looking for it”? Don’t make the same mistake we talk about in Women, Men, and Brazilian Bikinis.
Taking a break from theory, hit the ground running in North Africa, where I experienced first-hand, for the first time in my life, Lessons from Morocco: How NOT to Treat Women. Then join me in hashing it all out in Lessons from Morocco, Part 2: Cultural Relativity and Other Issues.
Although I made it through Morocco unscathed, what would you have done if I were attacked—and you were there to witness the whole thing? See what it may be like to suddenly find yourself in this position, as I did while Walking Home.
Now, why did I decide to take you on this ride? Because I’m a feminist. Do you know what feminism is? Are you sure? It may not be what you—or most people—think. Find out how close you are to the truth in Has “Feminism” Outlasted Its Purpose?.
Of course, there are always those who have to ruin the party. Do you remember how it felt the first time you saw a capoeira-butchered-into-insipid-aerobics class? Then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about in Capoeirobics and the Female Chauvinist Pig: When Good Things Go Bad!
Finally, if you still have the energy left and are up to the challenge, brave what has been called “the roar of second-wave feminism roasting everything in its wake”, and incidentally a thorough compendium of exactly why I care so much: Robin Morgan’s now (in)famous essay, Goodbye to All That #2.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for taking today’s tour with Mandingueira Safaris. Please take all personal belongings, new thoughts, and inspiring ideas with you when you leave, and enjoy the rest of your day!