I don't like being an educator, really….

If you’re wondering where my internet- and writing-oriented energies have been going lately, that would be into fleshing out the Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog FAQ:

The truth is, I really don’t like being an educator. It’s a lot more comfortable for me to be able to reach out to other feminists and work with helping clarify issues and give them the tools to improve their situations. But one of the things I’ve come to realize when engaging with commenters, and later doing the research for the above FAQ entries, is that if I don’t do these things, there’s no guarantee that someone else will.

And I think that it’s more effective to point people to these articles — which I’ve been able to spend hours researching and writing — than it is to try to argue the same points in a comment, sans references and the time needed to fully explain the argument.

I believe in the Feminism 101 blog, and I think that it’s helped to enrich the way that feminists communicate with each other, as well as the way that they communicate with their commenters. And I think that’s why I’ve been working hard at contributing there even though I don’t like educating (and am far from convinced that I’m the best one to be doing it).

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2 Responses to I don't like being an educator, really….

  1. Pai says:

    It’s important work — thanks a lot for doing it! That blog is a really important resource.

  2. tigtog says:

    I was so busy getting anxious and grumpy about our election here in Oz (yay! in the end) that I didn’t notice you post this. I’d just like to thank you so much for the work you put in to those FAQs and op-eds, tekanji. It’s nice to have the occasional helping hand, very nice.

    Thank you too, Pai, for the appreciation.

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