Monday, October 13, 2008

not-so barren feminists #1

While far from barren, there are some broads who deserve some positive attention for services to feminism. Roseanne Barr is an outspoken woman, feminist and mother of five. She relinquished her first born, in her late teens. Check out the interview, below, in last week’s Guardian.

Roseanne on antidepressants:

She believes that society wants women "on anti-depressants so they are no longer creative or fierce". Has she taken anti-depressants? "Oh, hell yeah. There isn't anything that I haven't done. They dull your rage. People don't like angry women so they say, 'We're going to have to drug that bitch to get her to shut up. We will humiliate her and disenfranchise her, but first she has to shut up.' Oh yeah, I did those anti-depressants the last time I was famous. I needed to dull the horror of it."
Interview in The Guardian with Chrissy Iley, 8 October, 2008.

She also blogs like a blogger, with kooky photos, spirituality, poems and short explosions of rage. Fortunately, she still gets angry sometimes.


Andra said...

That's pretty cool! Roseanne Barr gets 2 Swords of Awesome on my rather tough scale of services to women warriors everywhere.

I enjoyed reading her capsule version of the appropriation of religion and the female. A book I loved back in the Women's Press days was 'The Wild Girl' (or the Secret Gospel of Mary Magdalen) by Michele Roberts - published by Methuen.

You raise an interesting issue. What is barren? Can you have had and lost or relinquished children to be barren? What does society hate most - barren women or bad mothers? By bad, I mean as mildly offensive as outspoken, angry, non child-centred, professional or passionate women.

I'm too daunted to tackle the really bad mothers issue - women who kill! although abortion is considered part of that spectrum disorder.

A couple of years ago, I was planning to start a 'bad mother' blog but discovered that assorted pornographic sites had appropriated the idea.

Back on topic, I see barrenness, like feminism, as the willingness to witness. To not be a slave to biology and gender, to speak out and not apologize.

Another Outspoken Female said...

Wow you cover so much ground in just one comment. BTW was a great fan of The Women's Press and miss seeing those stripy spines at the bookshops. Read a lot of Michele Roberts last century, but might have missed that one.

You are welcome to write a guest post on any of those issues you raised - go for it:) The barren women versus "bad" mothers is particularly relevant if you have the energy for it.

Andra said...

I am flattered! I would love to guest post. As you can gather from the lengthy lag between comments, I have been rather busy recently.

The Womens Press books! The nostalgia! I have just discovered a Buddhist op shop in Enmore (called the Green Elephant which has the best secondhand books, including many stripy covers.

Another Outspoken Female said...

From feminism to enlightenment is but one small step :)

You've got my email address, send my your post when you have time to do it.