February 15, 2008

Time To Vote (Again)

My partner Laura's blog -- we move to canada -- recently finished 3rd in the Best Progressive Blog category of the 2007 Canadian Blog Awards.

wmtc is also a nominee in the following categories of the Canadian F-word (Feminist) Blog Awards:
Best Feminist Blog

Best Activist Blog

Best Political Blog
First round voting is tonight and tomorrow (Saturday).

So take 15 seconds and do some clicking! Thanks!

19 comments:

L-girl said...

Hey, thanks. :)

Patrick said...

wtf? The readers must be mostly New Englanders, yes? No?

Basically, you're disqualified! I'm writing someone a letter about this.

redsock said...

wtf? The readers must be mostly New Englanders, yes? No?

I have never checked, but I would guess No. Maybe I should investigate.

Basically, you're disqualified!

???

redsock said...

Checked my recent visitors and here's what we got (I do not know what recent time period this covers):

Massachusetts 53
Unknown 33
New York 32
Ontario 24
Kansas 22
Virgina 20
New Jersey 18
California 15
New Hampshire 14
Pennsylvania 12
Connecticut 12
Rhode Island 10
Oklahoma 9
District of Columbia 9
Illinois 9
Michigan 7
Texas 7
...
England 3
Slovenia 1
Netherlands 1
Venezuela 1

Taking out the unknowns:
New England = 95
Elsewhere = 247

L-girl said...

Basically, you're disqualified!

Who is disqualified from what?

Patrick, we live in Canada. Before that we lived in NYC. Allan hasn't lived in New England since 1987.

L-girl said...

I wish I could figure out what Patrick meant. Does he think you have to live in New England to blog about the Red Sox? Or in the US? Or is he talking about wmtc?

I hope he checks in again.

redsock said...

I posted stats from JoS, but I guess he meant wmtc. Which is a Canadian blog, so what's the beef?

Anyone can vote for it -- the intertubes are worldwide, after all.

I assume he's joking around, but it still makes no sense.

Allan hasn't lived in New England since 1987.

And even then, it was only January 1 and 2!!!

9casey said...

L ,I never thought of you blog as a feminist blog.I guess maybe I never gave it too much thought to categorize it.....I voted ...so good luck...

This brings me to a question I was going to ask earlier....My daughter is in Kindergarten and on Martin Luther King day they gave a brief history of the facts about him.........she has in her class of 28 , I believe 5 african-american children and she sees them the same way she sees all of the other children.....My question is ....Does anyone think they should tell them that their classmates ancestors were discriminated against for a long period of time in this country or should the topic not be spoken about at all? seeing that a majority of these children don't see them as being different at all....It's almost like you can teach racism without even trying to do so.......touchy subject I know , but a confusing one as a parent...I would appreciate some thoughts if anyone has any...

Jere said...

9casey: I feel that not only should they teach children about the horrible things from history, but they should teach them more in-depth. If you just say, "oh, well your grandparents were slaves and yours weren't," that's not gonna do much. They should get into what slavery was really about--have them hear all the stories about what it was like on slave ships, etc., In grade K, you should probably be more concerned about recess and nap-time and learning how to hold a pencil, but when they get a little older, and throughout their schooling, they should really know what it was like for all the oppressed people through history right up til today. That way, if everyone knows what everyone else's ancestors went through, maybe they'll be more empathetic instead of it being some kind of great divide. So to answer your question, kids absolutely need to hear about history, ignoring it will do no good.

Patrick said...

...I guess I had my doubts about the size of Red Sox Nation...

Frankly I'm surprised that so many Canadians care about the Red Sox. Ontario beat out New Hampshire?!?! Craziness.

Still it's confusing to me that you have or even could win a Canadian sports blog award for a blog about a Boston team. You're pulling from a huge non-Canadian fan base (in addition to Canadian). I would think you'd have an unfair advantage over a lot of blogs.

I guess the point is you're a sports blog based in Canada. But still...

Patrick said...

....I am obviously talking about the sports blog award, and had no idea the post was about wmtc. I'll hide my red face for awhile.

L-girl said...

L ,I never thought of you blog as a feminist blog.

Anything I do is feminist. Since I am a feminist, therefore wmtc is a feminist blog.

L-girl said...

9Casey, it's very important for all kids to know that people can be and are discriminated against. In the US, everyone should know that that was a part of the US for a very long time. How can we ever learn from mistakes if we don't know what they are?

L-girl said...

seeing that a majority of these children don't see them as being different at all....

You don't know that. That's an assumption. You don't know what they're taught (consciously or unconsciously) at home.

L-girl said...

I guess the point is you're a sports blog based in Canada. But still...

The Candian Blog Awards are open to any Canadian resident, or any Canadian citizen living elsewhere in the world. Therefore JoS qualified.

Allan: I thought of that re Jan 1 and 2. I was going to say 1986, but then...

L-girl said...

I voted ...so good luck...

Oops, forgot to say: thank you. :)

L-girl said...

Frankly I'm surprised that so many Canadians care about the Red Sox. Ontario beat out New Hampshire?!?! Craziness.

Ontario didn't beat out New Hampshire. It wasn't a battle of the provinces or states. It was a blog competition.

redsock said...

Frankly I'm surprised that so many Canadians care about the Red Sox. Ontario beat out New Hampshire?!?! Craziness.

Some of Ontario is likely me at home and the two of us at our jobs ...

What I want to know is: Who the hell is in Kansas?

L-girl said...

OK, I'm sorry about this dictionary of comments, but think of it this way, I spared you all one of those annoying megacomments that go on for 12 paragraphs.

Re 9Casey's very good question about MLK day.

Slavery and Jim Crow are part of US history. They are not only part of African-American history - they are part all of our history as Americans.

So do we want American children to learn American history? Or only learn American history that makes the US look heroic and great?

Use another country as a corollary. Would we like German children to learn about Beethoven and Goethe, but not about Hitler?