The Moustache Among Us

We meet again, good readers. I would like to apologize for my absence. I have been rather sick as of late and it has derailed my blogging endeavors. So, though already partway into March, I would like to kick off Bound and Gagged’s homage to Women’s History Month. Better late than never, eh? Yes, the irony of that statement in this context is not lost on me.

In addition to being written by a lifelong feminist, this blog is perfect for exploring Women’s History Month. Numerous reasons for banning books, be it sexuality/sexual content or political leanings, are intimately tangled up in gender dynamics and the cultural/political legacy therein. I will attempt to explore these issues from a number of angles, as many feminist works of literature offer radically different opinions on women’s rights and the issues surrounding them.

Women have also faced a different kind of censorship throughout literary history, as books by women were not always socially acceptable (and still aren’t according to many marketing departments). This has led to many female poets and authors being excluded from the literary canon, particularly the Western Canon. Similarly, numerous works have been attributed to others, published under male-sounding pseudonyms, or have simply been left anonymous. In recent years, many of these works have been relabeled to reflect the authors’ actual gender, such as Mary Shelley or the Brontë sisters. However, given that these books are usually relegated to women’s studies classes, we have yet to achieve full intellectual equality.

There is also a global gender gap in literacy, further exacerbating the issues of censorship, educational/career opportunity, access to political or legal systems, and historical/literary legitimacy. I will attempt to address as many of these topics as possible this month. In the meantime, please enjoy this educational video about women’s suffrage. Excuse me while I go fix myself a cup of Gypsy Cold Care in my Votes For Women teacup.

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About boundandgaggedbooks

Shannon is a freelance writer and folklore buff. She has a degree from Hampshire College in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion, with an emphasis on epic/oral traditions, their anthropological implications, and their modern counterparts. Her work can be found in Fabulously Feminist, Wolf Wariors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, The Concord Monitor, Redhead Magazine, and The Climax.

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